Welcome

- Meet Misako Ishimura -   

      On April 28th, 2017, during the FIPS-Mouche Assembly, 
www.fips-mouche.com
She elected as the Athletes commission from FIPS-Mouche, and then during the CIPS Congress on April 29th, 2017, 
www.cips-fips.com/cips/index_en.html
Misako Ishimura is an 
Athletes Commission of CIPS

Her profile continues -
       She leant fly fishing from Joan Wulff, Floyd Franke,  Andy Murray, Jiri Kilma, Pablo Castro, 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, a painter and an author. 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 nature 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 in outdoor.  
       She is a life member of  the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Limited, and Friends of the Rivers.  She is a Goodwill Ambasedor of  International Women Fly Fishers and a member of the 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 fly fishing in the Catskill Mountains.  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 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. 


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

      Ishimura is a co-author of Tenkara Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing, with Kevin C Kelleher. It was the only 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 barbless 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 on 2015/06/12






  


Misako did (Part1)


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.  



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 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.
Tenkara History PP and DVD Presentation by Misako Ishimura

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.





Save the Day 
the 3rd Thursday in May  


 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.” 

  
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. 
Teaching
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
 
Interviewing during the World Fly Fishing Championship 2013


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.  

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


Tenkara Presentation  -

                         


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



IWANA 
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 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.


       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.           
 



 
Fly Fishing Figurer on TV -

        
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)
             
https://youtu.be/91EhqjaSOqo
                
about the Catskills and Joan/Lee Wulff



 Painter

 
         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)




Misako will



Tenkara History and Rod Casting Workshop at

It will be held at home of FFI, Livingston, Montana, from August 1 to August 5, 2017.
Misako Ishimura will teach Fly Tying do the presentation of Japanese Tenkara Fishing and demonstrate fly casting.  
 demonstration Tyer. 



Southern Council Fly Fishers Fair

The Fair will be held on Oct. 6th and 7th in the at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center in the campus of ASU.  Ishimura will teach Fly Casting for Intermediate  Casters.


        




















Misako did (Part3)


 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 Putungo 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 Valalo, Italy in June, 2012. She was presented the educational book, which was made for children by Mr. Artoro Putungo. 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