I've also just made Flicking feathers into an actual business, doing fly tying demos, teaching and selling custom flies which is going pretty well, but it's keeping me busy all the time.. keep your eyes peeled for a webshop coming soon-hoping to have some logo printed technical shirts and the like as well as fly tying stuff.
Not been out as much as I'd like, but then I never do fish as much as I'd like. Between work, Youtube and tying I've only managed about 1 trip a week, mostly for river carp but did manage a few others, notably for me my first small mouth bass, I know that's maybe not a big deal to a lot of people but I'm Scottish. There're no freshwater bass there, I caught largemouth on Holidays to Ontario as a kid, but smallies have eluded me until I found a river just outside Tokyo with a reasonable population.
There he is, just a little guy, but first timers are always cool. I was pretty surprised at how hard he fought after nailing my foam hopper. It's a great little rvver with plenty of carp and some picky Snakehead too. Still haven't caught a snakehead from running water, they don't seem as aggressive as in the lakes.
Here's a nice rubber lips that took a mottlebou backstabber from the same stream.
Another FirstA couple of weeks ago a few of the guys from Tokyo Fly Fishing and Country Club arranged an offshore trip looking for Mahi Mahi. It was pretty rough -almost got cancelled but we made it out there. Our friend Seichi bought himself a nice new 10 weight set up for the trip-he's more used to a 10ft 3 weight and little mountain stream trout Obviously this was a completely different game for him, but he managed excellently taking a few small dolphin on a sea habbit. By the end of the day we were destroyed from pulling in mahi-losing some to sharks and chasing Tuna on bait balls-unfortunately we didn't hook up to any of those guys. In the end we switched to popping in spinning gear cause it was just too rough and even though we could cast the flies we couldn't retrieve them fast enough to overcome the drift of the boat.
Seichi's first dolly, who was invited home for dinner