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November 25, 2016

November is a beautiful month in Japan - the fall colors are in full swing, the days are cool the evenings are brisk, and preparations are in full swing for snow. However, the lull between Tenkara season and ski season requires that I get creative to find things to do. Luckily, there is a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy in Japan.

Wakasagi Fishing on Lake Sagamiko

Wakasagi also known as Smelt is a very popular game fish in Japan. Even though these fish are only a few inches long Wakasagi anglers really get into it with some impressive gear.

Panorama of Lake Sagmiko

Lake Sagmiko

Wakasagi fishing in style

This is way more comfortable than Tenkara

A bucket of wakasagi
Post fishing BBQ

The traditional post-fishing BBQ. I could get used to this.


Mountain Biking

Izu Peninsula 

This area offers some pretty spectacular views of Mt. Fuji, Uchiura Bay, and Suruga Bay. November is the perfect month to come and scope out the area, which is rife with keiryu that you may just find a few Amago living in.

Chiba Prefecture

A lovely lake in Chiba Prefecture

Toyofusa Lake

There is some fun trails in the Chiba Forest and around Mt. Kano - but I am not going to tell you exactly where they are... You will just have to find them yourself ;)

Mount Fuji

The Fall colors are amazing this year and Toyohide Waterfall was raging from all the rain. I waded through the water and climbed to the top of the waterfall. I am pretty sure you could find some fun warm water fishing in the area...

I have also been busy with some guest writing on Discover Tenkara and Tenkara Talk - it has been a busy month.

My good friend Junpei and me.

I also squeezed in a trip to Uratanzawa where the Rainbow are getting huge! I brought one to hand but the camera was in the car. The rest broke the 5x tippet like it was thread.

Blue sky

Seriously I cannot get over the Fall colors this year - they are epic.

Tempura and rice with a bowl of fish soup.
Isaac Tait

Fallfish Tenkara is the brainchild of Isaac Tait who now lives in New England but dreams of returning, one day, to Japan. You should follow him on Twitter.