- Meet Misako Ishimura -  

      On April 28th, 2017, during the FIPS-Mouche (International Federations of Fly Fishing Sport) Assembly, 

Misako Ishimura - CIPS Athletes’ Commission


she was elected as the Athletes commission nominee.  And then she was agreed and elected as CIPS (International Sport Fishing Confederation)  Athletes Commission during the CIPS Congress on April 29th, 2017.
International Federations of Fly Fishing Sport

Misako Ishimura is Chair of 
World Fly Fishing of Japan 
CIPS Japanese Federation 
WFFJ is the CIPS Federation club in Japan,  and help Japanese anglers to connect the other anglers internationally. WFFJ is contributing to informing about Japanese Angling, such as tenkara, to worldwide.  Fly Fishing Team Japan is formed by the members of WFFJ.

Misako Ishimura is the chair of WFFJ and the captain of Fly Fishing Team Japan.
She contributes to connecting women anglers internationally as the Good Will Ambassador of International Women Fly Fishers.

       She learned fly fishing from Joan Wulff, Jiri Klima, Pablo Castro, Andy Murray, Lee Davidson, Mary Dette, Poul Jorgensen, Hisao Ishigaki, and other many anglers internationally to refine her skills.

     Since 2000, she has been teaching and demonstrating fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying worldwide. Misako Ishimura is a fly fishing instructor and a painter/illustrator. She promotes fly fishing because of her belief in the spiritual benefits offered by the nature surrounding the fish.   

     Misako started "Trout in the Classroom (TIC)" with Mrs. Joan Stoliar in late 1996 while they were members of the Conservation Committee of Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers. Her belief was strengthened by this experience as she saw that the TIC program benefitted everyone.

Trout in the Classroom

       In her Power Point presentation, she explains how the TIC program began and worked. It introduces how the participants taught students about the environment surrounding the water in the wild natural setting and it exposes the effects of the program on the classes, the teachers, and society in general.  
     Now she volunteers for the programs, which are mostly introducing fly fishing for children and their parents, disabled veterans, cancer patients, and elderly persons, sharing the joy of fly fishing and/or tenkara outdoor.  
       She is a life member of the Fly Fishers International(former International Federation of Fly Fishers), Trout Limited, Friends of the White Rivers, and North Arkansas Fly Fishers.  She is a Goodwill Ambassador of  International Women Fly Fishers, a member of Theodore Gordon Fly Fishers, the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, and Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum.

Misako Ishimura collected exhibition items for "Made in Japan" 
at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum
       Misako Ishimura began to fly fishing in the Catskill Mountains, living in Roscoe, New York.  Beaverkill River and Willowemac River became her home water.  

       She collected items for "Made in Japan" exhibitions at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum.  She added a tenkara workshop to the exhibition, invited Hisao Ishigaki, and introduced tenkara -"East meets West" on May 23, 2009. Tenkara spread from then on. 
       She has been fishing in various rivers and still waters worldwide. Her experience and interest in fly fishing allowed her to become a practical fisher, adapting to any kind of fishing situation, including attendance to FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium as an angler and a captain of Fly Fishing Team Japan. Misako Ishimura has become a global fly fisher, who cares about the fish and the quality of water. 

It was 1997 when she fished as a Fly Fishing Team Japan Anglers first time. She fished during the 17th Annual FIPS World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium, which was held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,

Marching to the Opening Ceremony during FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship
FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship Closing Ceremony in 2003.

Interviewing during the World Fly Fishing Championship 2013

Misako Ishimura is a contributor of Tenkara Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing, with Kevin C Kelleher. It was the first book in the world written in English dealing with Japanese traditional fly fishing (tenkara) for some years.

        Misako holds Tenkara workshop. She presents the history of tenkara and explain how it has been practiced in Japan and gives its characteristics. After seeing her power point presentation, you will know who practiced it and for what reasons, why it lasted such a long time and why tenkara uses only one fly.  She demonstrates several ways to cast the tenkara rod, how to present the tenkara fly and land the fish, and teaches tenkara fly tying.  

       Her presentations are interesting because they cover many aspects of fishing. After participating in any of her programs, you will find more joy in fishing.  

      Do you want to know more about her?  Visit at
 Misako Ishimura and Tenkara Friends in Japan
This photo was taken by K. Kimura.

Tenkara in Les rivers de la Niva in France 

Misako did (Part1)

World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation 2019 in Tasmania 

She attended at WFFC2019 as a manager of Fly Fishing Team Japan from 11/30/2019 to 12/08/2019.
Japanese Old Flies
on May 18, 2019

Celebrate 10 Years of Made in Japan

Misako made a presentation about old Japanese old flies. She introduced Kabari, Kebari, and Tenkara Flies.

The Japanese Little Stream Workshop
on May 19, 2018

Misako Ishimura invited Japanese fly fishers to the Catskills.  They presented the power point presentation introducing Japanese Little Streams, tributaries of Ohi
River.  Their conservation effort to keep the native fish, Yamato Iwana and Amago in their streams were reported at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum.
Afternoon, one of Japanese Tenkara fisher demonstrated tying his tenkara fly by his hands and mouth only, without a vise. 
Even it started to rain, they showed us how to cast tenkara.  All attendees were asking many questions and it became a very interactive workshop.

Attend CIPS Congress and FIPS Mouhe Assembly in Niagara-falls, USA

Discuss the following championships, especially World Games - all different types of fishing championships held in the same time in the same country, South America in 2019.
Fips-Mouche Championships Schedule
09/17-23/18    World   Italy Comano 
04/23-29/19   Master  Spain Asturia 
08/06-12/19   Youth    Poland Myczkowce
November, 19 World    Australia Tasmania
Feb, 19  Masters/world Games South Africa
late August 19   Youth  Czech Republic Southern Bohemia
 August 2020 World   Finland Kusamo

2018 International Sowbug Roundup

was held on Math 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2018.  There were more than 300s tiers at the event.  She tied there and teach casting.

the Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ  USA
On Saturday January 27th, 2018, Misako did the power point presentation of ’tenkara from Japan” 
She was authors' table to sign in "tenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing” 

Southern Council Fly Fishers Fair

The Fair was held on Oct. 6th and 7th in the at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center in the campus of Arkansas State University.  Ishimura taught Fly Casting for intermediate casters.  All of them learnt how to cast without so much effort and refined their casting to be more accurate. There were two students who were studing for Certified Casting Instuctors' test. They became more confident to pass it.  

Tenkara History and Rod Casting Workshop at

It was held as a part of Fly Fishers International ( FFI former IFFF), in Livingston, Montana, from August 1 to August 5, 2017.
Misako Ishimura did the presentation of Japanese Tenkara Fishing and Tenkara Fly Casting.  
At the fair, she was the future fly tyer.  
Misako did the book sining there, too. 

The 5th Annual European Tenkara Convention

From Sat. June 24 to Sun. June 25, 2017, there was the 5th European Tenkara Convention at the Camping Val Tramoontina in Tramonti di Sotto in Italy. Misako Ishimura will do the brief tenkara history presentation and the tenkara casting workshop.

This workshop was held by the help of  Friuli ASD.

Poster of the 5th Annual European Tenkara Convention
Tenakra Rod Casting Workshop 

On the tenkara day, May 20, 2017, after the Lecture of the History of Japanese Fly Fishing Tenkara Rods, from 1:00pm, Misako will do the free Casting workshop for the all the level of fishers on the loan near the pond at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, New York, USA for the public. 

History of Japanese Fly Fishing including Tenkara Rods in Japan

Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum will host a program, “History of Japanese Fly Fishing Rods(including tenkara rod)” on Sat. 5/20/2017.    In the morning, Misako Ishimura presented the History of Japanese Fly Fishing Rods, attributing to

Mr. Mihyoshi Shiozawa, who is the chairman of  Tenryu Co., Ltd. (www.tenryu.com/worldwide.htm)and 

the director of NPO WATERSIDE BASIS SOCIETY.  He has been designed and produced various fishing rods over 70 years.  The most recent his designed rod is tenkara rod called Furaibo(TF-39TA). It is the most modern rod and has gained attention from the fishing industry around the world. It is 12’8” long rod and collapses to just 14”, yet casts very well.  

Sowbug Roundup 

   Misako Ishimura will demonstrate tying tenkara flies and teach tenkara casting at Sowbug Roundup, which was held on 3/23, 24 and 25, 2017 at the Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA.  

 -  Fly Fishing Instructor -

For Misako Ishimura, fly fishing is a way to commune with nature. She would like to share her experience of fly fishing with you, hoping you will enjoy yours more.   

      Contact her by e-mail (See under tenkara book picture)  to find out more about the class and/or the workshop. You can also arrange a personal lesson with her.   

        Misako is a fly casting instructor certified by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. She casts from a tenkara rod to a two handed rod in the various casting styles.  Her motto is fly fishing the easy way. She concentrates on reducing physical stress for the caster to produce enjoyable and a relaxed experience.  Rita Billbe, a local resort owner, took casting lessons with Misako and found her teaching style to be “gentle and encouraging and supportive. Misako gave me confidence and a belief that I could improve my skills in fly fishing. She is truly a master of her craft.” 

- Casting Instructor -  

Misako teaches fly casting. There is a special program for preparing to take Certified Casting Instructor test.  She also teaches tenkara casting.

Contact Misako for the reservation by e-mail in below.  

Fly Fishing Presenter -

Misako Ishimura presents the followings;

A: Fly FIshing  
a-1: for General 
a-2: for Children
a-3: for Women
a-4: for Seniors

B: American Dry Fly Fishing

C: Nymphing from FIPS World Fly
     Fishing  Championship
Polish Nymphing, Czeck Nymphing, French Nymphing and Spanish Nymphing. 
John Wilson Teaching Czech Nymphing with Misako and 
Tony of Portugal to the anglers during North Arkansas Regional Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave

D: Fly Casting
 d-1 : Presenting easy way to have tight loop
   d-2: Workshop to cast efficiently
           Identified your weakness 
           Present a more effective casting 
   d-3:  How to present fly 
           Teach the different ways to cast 
           and mend 
In Chicago, USA               in Ireland                     

E: Fly Tying
  e-1: Demonstration of Fly Tying
  e-2: Teaching Fly Tying
Fly tying during East Idaho Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo

After tying demonstration at Spring Fly Fishing Show in England

F: Tenkara 

Promote Tenkara -

The First Workshop Promoted by Misako Ishimura

Arranged the tenkara workshop at 
Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum

Mr. Hisao Ishigaki presents tenkara 
at Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum 
as a part of "Made in Japan" exhibition opening gala.  
on 05/23/2009.

Joan Wulff Casting Tenkara
  Joan Wulff Casting Tenkara 
During the Tenkara Seminar hosted at 
Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum

Tenkara Presentation  -

Misako Ishimura’s ’Tenkara from Japan’ reveals why tenkara use one fly.
Tenkara History PP and DVD Presentation by Misako Ishimura

Misako shows the easy way to fish with tenkara method. 

Misako Ishimura tenkara -The photo was taken by K. Kimura
Misako Ishimura Tenkara - the photo was taken by K. Kimura

The professional fisherman used  tenkara and caught Iwana in the mountain streams to sell it to the local villagers and inn owners.

Misako did (Part2)

The 51 International Federation Fly Fishers Fair

It will be held at home of IFFF, Livingston, Montana, from August 4 to August 6, 2016.
Misako Ishimura will do the presentation how to fish with tenkara rod and tying some flies  as a Future Demonstration Tyer. 

The 2nd FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Masters Championship

 Misako Ishimura competed with other master world championship anglers during FIPS Mouche World Masters Fly Fishing Championship, which was held in Ireland from June 13th to June 19th, 2016. There were many fishing stories were bone there.

The 4th European Tenkara Convention 2016

It was held in Bad Aussee, Austria.
The comment from Willi;
Hello Misako! I'm very happy that I met you personally. Thank you for the very interesting lecture about the historical backgrounds of Tenkara in Japan! I really enjoyed it and I have learned quite a lot. I hope that we meet again soon. Best regards from upper Austria!

Sowbug Roundup 2016

      Misako Ishimura demonstrated tying tenkara flies and teach children how to cast lines at Sowbug Roundup, which was held on 4/14, 15 and 16, 2016 at the Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA.  

IFFF Southern Council Fair 2015

From 4:00 pm, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, as a part of the IFFF Southern Council Fair, Misako presented TENKARA FROM JAPAN, which is about the history of tenkara and two tenkara fishers. One of them is Mr. Shigeo Yamada. You will see him in action catching Iwana, Japanese trout in the mountain streams of Torikabutoyama in DVD, which was made in 1979.

Misako challenged WAPSI FLY TYING CONTEST and win the first prize of naming the fly.  

the International Federation Fly Fishers

Misako was at Fly Fishing Fair hosted by the International Federation Fly Fishersfrom 8/13/2015 - 8/15/2015 in Bend, Oregon USA.  She did the tenkara from Japan presentation with PP and DVD and she tied tenkara flies and Team Japan flies for FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships.

The 3rd Annual European Tenkara Convention in 2015 

 Misako Ishimura did the presentation of tenkara fishers at the 3rd European Tenkara Convention in Saint Etlenne de Baigorry, France on June 13 and June 14, 2015.
3rd Annual European Tenkara Information

French Poster for 3rd Annual European Tenkara Convention

Presentation about Japanese Tenkara Fly Fishers
Presentation in Saint Etienne of Baigorry, France

Demonstration for the 3rd Annual European Tenkara Convention

Article Newspaper Soule et Basse Navarre 150624
Article in Soule et Basse Navarre 2015/06/24

Misako Ishimura Art works were shown as a part of Sakananohen-no- Hitotachi Exhibition, which will be held at Kumin Gallery in the Museum of Meguro Kumin, in Tokyo, Japan.

       Misako Ishimura demonstrated tying tenkara flies and teach children how to tye flies at Sowbug Roundup, which was held on 3/26, 27 and 28, 2015 at the Fairgrounds in Mountain Home, Arkansas, USA.  Misako taught casting during the Saturday morning and at the end all attendees casted more comfortably with a tighter loop. 

Sowbug Roundup 2015

       Misako attended at the 2nd Annual European Tenkara Convention in Sough Bohemia in Czech Republic on June 7, 2014 and presented Traditional Japanese fly fishing techniques. 

34th FPIS Mouche Senior World Fly Fishing Championship and Symposium(WFFC)  
 Misako Ishimura attended at the WFFC in Czech Republic from May 27th to June 2, 2014.

Catskill Fly Tyers Guild Rendezvous       
Misako Ishimura demonstrated her tying method at Catskill Fly Tyers Guild Rendezvous in the Rockland House in Roscoe, NY on April 26th, 2014.


 - Fly Fishing Figurer on TV -  
American Fly Fishing - Theodore Gordon and Catskill Flies 

Misako Ishimura introduced the American Fly Fishing interviewing Ms. Joan Wulff and featured the president of The Catskill Fly Tyers Guild, Mr. Dave Brandon in the Japanese Fishing TV Video.  Click in below picture to see.
(The last half is in English)
about the Catskills and Joan/Lee Wulff


         Misako Ishimura is an artist who loves drawing. She exhibits her drawings at the group exhibition called "Sakanahen-no-hitotachi" , which is held annually in Osaka and Tokyo Japan. 

To see her more of her drawings, click here  

Co Author tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing -
      The book, "tenkaraRadically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing” written in English by Kevin Kelleher with 
Misako Ishimura - Lyons Press

Contact by e-mail to obtain 
a personalized copy. 
ISBN: 0762763949  EAN: 9780762763948

Tenkara Workshop -

Misako Ishimura Teaching Tenkara during the Festival of International Women Fly Fishers in Bozeman, CO 2011

Misako Ishimura's tenkara workshop 
during the International Women Fly Fishers
Festival in Bozeman, CO in September, 2011 

 Tenkara Fly Tying -

Misako's New Fly - Eboshi-
Eboshi - Designed and Dressed by Misako Ishimura
  - Eboshi - Designed and tyed by Misako Ishimura
It is dedicated to one of her Tenkara Masters.

Tenkara Fly Hand Tied by Misako Ishimura
  Tenkara fly tyied by Misako Ishimura (by her hands only)

Fly Fishing Team Japan web site:    
Fly Fishing Team Japan Emblem
Fly Fishing Team Japan Emblem 


Celebrate 10 years of Made in Japan
Misako will do a presentation about old Japanese flies, which will be added to the exhibit. You will be able to see them before they will be placed inside the case on the wall of the Museum. She will then do a PowerPoint presentation about old Japanese flies, including Tenkara, and how they differ from flies in the world.
At 1 p.m., after the lunch break, Misako will answer questions illustrated by demonstrations outside based on skills she honed fishing around the world 

07/23/2019 - 07/27/2019

Misako Ishimura will attend at Fly Fishers International as a Fewtured Demonstrate Tyer. 

In 2017, Demonstrate Fly Tying as a Featured Fly Tyer during the fair of International Federation of Fly Fishers. Now it is named as Fly Fishers International.

Misako did (Part3)

     The 33rd  FIPS Senior World Fly Fishing Championship and Symposium 

Misako was Captain and an angler of Fly Fishing Team Japan and attend at WFFC in the Vefsna region near Mosjoen,  Norway from August 11 to August 18th, 2013.           

 1st European Tenkara Convention 

       Tenkara presentation by Misako Ishimura on Sat. July 27 in Trysil, Norway.
 Misako Ishimura did the tenkara fly tying demonstration at the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum near Livingstonemanor, NY on Sunday, May 26t

International Women Fly Fishers Festival in Boiling Spring PA

Misako led the tenkara workshop during the Festival of International Women Fly Fishers, which will be held from May 16 to Boiling Springs, PA May 18, 2013.

Tenkara Summit 2013 in USA

      Misako Ishimura had the table at Tenkara Summit 2013 at the Holiday Inn on Market St., Harrisonburg, VA on May 11 and May 12, 2013.  She will demonstrate tenkara fly tying at there and have an Authors Table with Mr. Kevin  C. Kelleher.  We will sign togather in the book "tenkara - Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing." 
       Misako Ishimura held her workshop tenkara on April 19th and tied flies at her table on April 20th, during East Idaho Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Expo in Idaho Falls, ID.  Her tenkara workshop was explained why tenkara use one fly well.  At the end of workshop, she held tenkara casting clinic outside.  She enjoyed seeing her fly fishing friends in the West.  

         The TV programs about the American Fly Fishing - The Catskills, in which Misako Ishimura was futured as a dry fly fisher, were broad casted in Japan in March and April, 2013.        

         At  "Sowbug Roundup 2013,"  Misako tied flies at her table, but also taught casting - "Intermediate Casting Clinic"- in the morning of the second day,  Sowbug Roundup in Mt. Home, AR and every student had "AHA!" moment.  She also taught some children how to tye flies.   
        Show in Danbury, CT in November, 2012.

       Misako was future in the TV Programs, which introduce American Fly Fishing mainly about the Catskill Fly Fishing.

   Misako Ishimura placed the second winning position of the contest - tying Barley Hopper  -  during Arts of the Angler Show in Danbury, CT in November, 2012.
Refer to the above.

Fishing Culture Exchange Event
Traditional Italian Fly Fishing and
 Traditional Japanese Fly Fishin

     Mr. Artoro Pugno made the presentation of Italian Traditional Fly Fishing "Valsesiana"  and Misako Ishimura made the presentation of one of Japanese Traditional Fly Fishing styles, "Tenkara" in Varallo, Italy in June, 2012. Mr. Pugno presented the educational book, which was made by children to study trout and fly fishing under his supervision. We share the thoughts about the importance of passing the fly fishing and its history to the next generation.  

Traditional Fly Fishing Friends in Italy with Misako Ishimura

32nd FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium in Slovakia

      Fly Fishing Team Japan, led by Captain Misako Ishimura was among of 26 teams in the 32th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship in Slovenia from June 3rd to June 10th, 2012. 

FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium Wining Medals Team in Slovenia, June 2012

      Attend at the booth of "Tenkara" at the Fly Fair in the Netherlands on May 19 and May 20, 2012.  She presented the power point presentation of the History of Tenkara there.

Radio Review in Ireland about
 Tenkara Book

     Tenkara book was introduced on the radio on Nov. 2, 2011, in Ireland by  Ken Whelan.

FIPS Senior World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium in Scotland

World Fly Fishing of Japan 
supports Fly Fishing Team Japan for FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium.
Fly Fishing Team Japan during FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation and Symposium in Scotland 2009