About Misako Ishimura

Misako Ishimura, a native of Osaka, Japan, has been engaged in outdoor activities, including fishing and horseback riding, and in artistic endeavors, notably painting, dancing and music, since childhood. A student of Japanese traditional dance since the age of four, she was awarded the professional title of Wakayagi Kichiichyu in 1969 and was a professional exponent of Kabuki, Okinawan and contemporary dance on the international stage until 2000.

In 1977, in order to pursue her interest in music, Misako moved to New York City, where she became an established and highly regarded member of the jazz community whose opinion was respected and sought out. She was a special guest at many performances, including studio and live recordings in clubs and concert halls, and was a contributing reporter to Japanese magazines on the musical scene in the United States.

In 1990, on small stream in Vermont, Misako caught and released such an exquisitely beautiful native brook trout that she instantly fell in love with fly fishing. Since that time she has devoted the majority of her time and talents to the study and promotion of this pursuit. A keen listener, an astute observer of the natural world and a firm believer in the spiritual benefits that derive from interaction with other creatures, Misako is most at home on the river with her fishing rod.

In 1998 Misako became one of the first directors of International Women Fly Fishers, an organization that coordinates the activities of female fly fishers and fly fishing clubs.  Since 2000, she had been the Captain of the Japanese National Fly Fishing Team, which has participated, under her leadership, in the annual Federation International de Peche Sportive (FIPS) – Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships and Conservation Symposiums.

Misako is a life member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited and is active in numerous local organizations devoted to the protection of the environment and heightening awareness of the concerns of the conservation community. At her home water in the Catskills, where she has been fishing for twenty years, Misako has participated in numerous local conservation activities, including the “Adopt a Stream”, “Rock Rolling”, stream-bank restoration, and tree-planting projects. In coordination with Joan Stoliar and Mark Romero, she has organized “Trout in the Classroom”,  water ecology study weekends for school children.

Misako is a certified fly casting instructor, who has trained with both Joan Wulff and Mel Kreigher; she has been active in the education of anglers for over a decade. She demonstrates and teaches fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, tenkara, Czech nymphing both in the United States and abroad. Misako’s motto is “fly fishing the easy way.”  

Misako often demonstrates fly casting, fly tying and tenkara in projects such as “Casting for Recovery”, “Trout in the Classroom”, “Little Brookies”, which are aimed at women and children, and “Healing Water”, which is aimed at soldiers who have been suffered mental and/or physical injuries.

Misako enjoys drawing and writing poetry and has contributed works to the newsletters of numerous fly fishing clubs – her chapter about the Willowemoc Creek is included in the publication “A Woman's No-Nonsense Guide to Fly Fishing Favorite Waters.”

In 2009-2010, Misako assisted Kevin C. Kelleher MD in the writing of his book “tenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing.” The book will be published on 1 March 2011 by Lyons Press.

Misako’s paintings were presented at the Wild Wood Gallery in 2002 and 2003, and her work forms a permanent part of the collections of both the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum and the Zakonekan Museum in Sakai, Japan.  Since 2007, her paintings have been exhibited annually in a group show in Osaka.  Her art also appears in the Japanese publicationSakanahennohitotachi Sakuhinsyu”, issued in 2009, and in the above-mentioned soon-to-be published book on tenkara by Dr. Kevin C. Kelleher.

During the CIPS(International Sport Fishing Confederation) Congress on April 29th, 2017,  Misako Ishimura was elected to be the Athletes Commission and she is serving for the anglers, who compete in the World Fishing Competitions. 

Of the firm belief that all individuals and organizations involved in fishing are enriched and strengthened through global outreach, Misako is an international ambassador of the world of fishing.

In 2003, Japan Fly Fishers awarded Misako a certificate of appreciation in recognition of her contribution to furthering cooperation with international clubs and organizations: in 2009 she was inducted into the “Real Adventure” Women’s Hall of Fame.
An interview with Misako by the editor–in-chief of the Polish Fly Fishing magazine Sztuka Lowienia was published in 2010.
In September 2010, an interview with Misako by James Card on the tenkara technique was published in The New York Times.


  ;: Misako Ishimura did

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

      Fly Fishing Team Japan, leaded by Captain Misako IShimura was among of 26 teams in the 32th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship in Slovenia from June 3rd to Junr 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 History of Tenkara at there.