Sunday, December 30, 2007

4th Birthday Party

I joined my wife's parents' home today.

My father-in-law prepared this special Shochu 'MAOU' for our daughter's birthday. It likely took three years since he ordered it. Can you believe it?

She had great time. Happy birthday!

Monday, December 24, 2007

TENRYU river again

Today, the last day of consecutive holidays, I thought I should return to Numazu in early morning.

But something brought me to the TENRYU river again. I guess I felt something was missing in the yesterday's fishing result.
I used #6 tackle today also, since the long cast was needed at this hole.
I arrived there about 11AM. It was tough condition there today. I got late first small one around 2PM.

2nd one,21inches/54cm, was very good fighter.
Sammy-san helped landing and took this pic for me. The fly was his original killer pattern 'LTM'. It worked well there. Thanks, Sammy-san!

3rd one, 21inches/53cm, was also strong.

I decided this one should be the last one today, and left there around 16:30.

Next year's annual season pass must be needed for me.

*annual license; 4,000yen one day license; 1,500 yen

Sunday, December 23, 2007

TENRYU river C&R section

Book-san, my dad's colleague and crazy fisherman, invited me to the TENRYU River Catch and Release section to enjoy fly fishing.

That was the reason why I stayed at my parental home last night.It was my first fly fishing after back to Japan.

As you can see in the right pic, there was a kind of crowded.
It seemed to be the best method to use nymph and indicator there.

Thanks to Book-san's great advise, I got beginner's luck there in the morning.

It was not wild but hatchery fish though, its bigness pleased me a lot(24inches/61cm).

I couldn't catch any additional fish in the afternoon, but had a good time there. Thank you again, Book-san.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Winter Solstice at my parental home

I went to bed about 4AM and woke up at 1:30PM. What a nasty single life...

After some housework, I headed for my parental home in the evening for some reason.

It was Winter Solstice(Toji), the shortest daytime in a year, today. So my mom prepared a hot citron bath and the pumpkin boiled with soy sauce and sugar, as Japanese traditional custom,

We Japanese believe these keep us healthy from long ago.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Single Bell

Since my daughter finished her first semester of her kindergarten, she and my wife went to her parents' house prior to me today.

I likely should enjoy my temporary bachelor's life. I have three consecutive holidays from tomorrow.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Surprise Present

My colleagues gave me a surprise present today. They knew what I liked very well.

I believe these stuff works well not to forget my precious friends.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Last Halloween here in Boise

Her costume this year was 'Little Mouse Chef'' from RATATOUILLE. Since we watched that movie together at the theater in Meridian, she liked it so much.

During dinner preparation, she went to 'trick or treat' with me together.

She looked so happy to get bunch of treats ,except being frightened by scary spider's house.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wonderful Tonight

We were invited the dinner tonight by one of my best colleagues.

I liked these table and chairs very much. They seemed to be made by the Amish.

This nice Amber was made by my colleague. It was perfect taste for me.

Two thumbs up!! I couldn't stop it...

His secret brew stuff.

This tenderloin was also great! There were lots of learnings for me.

This is cherry liquor also made by him. Actually this cherry was picked by us at Emmet this spring.

We called its taste 'Cough Medicine' though, flavor itself was totally good.

Including food,mood and everything, their hospitality was perfect. And their humor made us happy too much.

We thought we would like to be such an entertainer. Anyway that was definitely Wonderful Tonight!

Saturday, October 27, 2007


Since my colleague Moto told us how to do that, I've been crazy about MONOPOLY. I liked it!!

So I'm begging them to play often almost everyday... Terrible!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Owyhee with Tommy

Finally Tommy bought his fly tackle by himself. Yeah, it is time to go fishing together again.

I selected the Owyhee River in Oregon to enjoy rise fishing.

Weather was perfect cloudy. We could see some rises here and there.

At first hole, there were good Baetis hatches. Baetis dun pattern should work well though, I missed some take...

Presently the number of rise got decreased and unstable.

Many bugs on surface made me confused. Baetis, Mahogany, Midge... too rich! It was first time to see Mahogany for me.

After we spent much time at first hole, we moved to 2nd hole for the last chance.

Tommy spotted some rises.

Still I was struggling to identify the fly with what fish feeding...

I had short bite to the Griffith's Gnat. Although I missed that take, I got certain confidence.

My first one was 18inches/45cm by midge parachute. This late one gave me a pleasure.

2nd one; 16.5inches/42cm good face.

The last one was 19inches/49cm fattest one in this river.

Anytime I visited this river, there was lots of learning for me.

I hope this healthy river goes on.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Callibaetis and Baetis; Fall Silver Creek

I went to the South Fork of Boise River first today after long long interval though, I was fed up with a bunch of anglers.

So I change the destination to the Silver Creek.

At Sullivan Lake(Slough), I did see some rise and no fishermen there. I found some callibaetis dun were sipped by trout.

I caught first one by #16 dun pattern soon. It was a kind of small one, but good start for me.

It was beautiful day there.

I caught some fish there. The largest one was 15incher, so beautiful.

This dun gave me a luck.

Around four o'clock, rises were stopped.

Then I moved to the junction of Loving Creek as second hole.

I found a few baetis dun there, so I selected its dun pattern without hesitation.

Although the number of rise was not so many, I found some certain ones.
The rising spot was so difficult to drift the dry fly naturally.

Fortunately I had good luck.

It was 16inch/40cm pretty colored one. I was so satisfied with this result.

After that, the rise was faded away, and I ended fishing.

I felt I made a better progress than last year.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fishing with Tommy; Middle Fork of Boise River

Finally my replacement Tommy arrived here in Boise on Friday. I was surprised and pleased to hear that he would like me to take fishing this weekend. He gave me a chance to go fishing since end of August.

I picked the Middle Fork of Boise River up for his first place. I expected some active fish to dry fly still.

On the way we saw dead Skunk on the road.

I hoped it was not bad sign.

It was a kind of hot during daytime.

I tried dry dropper first, and got first one by pheasant tail as a dropper.
Small but good wild fish.

This was my first cut-bow(hybrid of rainbow and cutthroat) by corn head streamer.
Totally fishing there was slow. We were forced to do undersurface fishing. Tommy got skunked today though, likely had a good time there.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

1st Shipment

Almost 80% of our stuff was shipped already today.

Now our life is likely close to camping.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Garage Sale

Our subdivision had annual garage sale today. We definitely jumped at it.
It was fun and good experience for us. Almost all of our stuff was sold out because of cheap pricing.

After that, we enjoyed cycling. It was first time for us to ride a bike together.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

We are back from Glacier Trip!

Now we are back from long trip to the Glacier National Park(Total 1634.8miles). One of our dreams(Moose) didn't come true though, it was definitely wonderful trip for us. So let me upload the detail little by little.

This is the one of today's snaps.

She likes to do window washing especially.

This is not cloud but wood fire around council ID. Scary!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Grinell Glacier from Lake; Many Glacier

Our third try to see the Moose was still going on this morning.

We could see awesome sight instead of the Moose.

But we still needed to see the Moose...

The boat Cruise through the Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine made us excited.

This pic is the second ride at the Lake Josephine.

It was first time for us to see sipping bear.

It looked brown but species was likely 'Black Bear'.

After trail hiking, we could see the Grinell Glacier from the Grinell Lake.

On the way to be back, he gave her chance to handle it.

We stayed the Many Glacier Hotel that night.

It was a kind of classical good one.