Interview of Shinya Kato by Anni Yli-Lonttinen
Have a fly-fishing friend, who is the partner that goes fishing with you and who is the rival who competes for a catch. Best fishing partner will keep your motivation up. To always go fishing and to become better than him.
Meet the Fly Fishing Idols
– stories and lessons from the yesterday’s beginners
How did you learn fly fishing?
In my childhood I did all kinds of fishing. Both bait and lure fishing.
Like many fly fishermen, I watched movie “A River Runs Through It”, and I was attracted by fly fishing. I though, that I can be cool like Brad Pitt!
My first step was to go to a fly fishing shop, buy fishing tackle and had them tell me where to go to catch my first fish.
It’s a difficult thing to catch a fish in the beginning. But luckily, I could catch some amago, which is a Japanese trout related fish. And, that made me go out to a river about every week. While doing that much fishing, I was acquiring fishing techniques naturally.
But there is a wall where it’s difficult to get over by the self-taught style. Casting in particular is such a thing.
So, later I took expert casting lessons from a fly fishing shop. It isn’t necessary to be an expert. But I think, if possible, it’s good to learn casting, at first.
It’s important to go out to a river as much as possible. Without experiencing fly fishing out in the river it isn’t possible to utilize casting techniques.
But the most important thing, in my opinion is to have a fly-fishing friend, who is the partner that goes fishing with you and who is the rival who competes for a catch. Best fishing partner will keep your motivation up. To always go fishing and to become better than him.
Kato’s TOP 5 TIPS for Learning fly fishing:
- At first it’s best to learn casting
- Casting is an important element, but it’s not the only thing
- Go out to a river as much as possible.
- Have the fishing friend, who competes with you for a catch.
- Best fishing partner is you friend and rival. That will keep you motivated to go fishing and to become better than him.
Enthusiastic fisherman and flyfishing photographer from Japan
Started fishing as a child, later got into flyfishing
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