Fly Fishing the Tamagawa

Happy Wednesday 🙂 I hope you are having a great week so far!

The last few weekends Hubby and I have been sure to make at least one Fly Fishing trip to the Tamagawa River – also known as the Tama. The Tama is the river is the river that runs behind our house, but because Josh’s fishing license is for a more northern part of the river – we take the Ome line train anywhere between 30-60 min, hop off in one of the river towns, and make our way down to the Tama.


  In order to buy a fishing license you must either go to a Fish Hatchery and pay by the day, or go to a fishing store (Josh went to a store called Joshuya Oumekabe right off the Kabe station on the Ome line)… these are the two ways we have figured out so far – 7-11 doesn’t seem to sell fishing licenses (Which is weird because they sell many, many other things… for example: we pay our gas, garbage and internet bills at 7-11). Fish Hatcheries put out yellow flags across the river at the beginning and end of their section of the river. In order to fish these areas, you must get a license from inside the Hatchery for about 1000 Yen (about $10) for the day.


Here is a Map of the area of the Tama we can fish. We *think* the Ο symbols are where they stock fish.

It’s amazing just how different each fishing spot can be, when they are all on the same river! Some are rocky with bright blue rapids, some are jungly with a wide shallow flow, and some are grassy with big river rock. There are also large cliffs and canyons at certain parts of the Tama.


These two pictures (above) and the first one of Josh are from the Tama near Ome Station.

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These pictures are from the Tama near Mitake Station (northern most spot we have been). There were A LOT of kayakers here. There were also many people bouldering (rock climbing on small rocks without ropes) on the big boulders surrounding the river. I’d say we saw at least 20-30 rock climbers along this stretch- each equipped with their own crash pad!


This one is from the Tama near Ozaku Station (southern most spot we have been). It looked like there were plenty of fish here (judging by all the fish boils). We didn’t have any waders- so it was harder to fish in this area- but we will definitely be going back! It isn’t nearly as beautiful as the other spots (its much more urban) but the fishing looked great.

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We also found this great fly fishing shop in Shinjuku called Sansui- Here is the MAP and here is the WEBSITE. There was a really helpful man behind the counter who spoke English as well! They have a store in Shibuya as well.

  Josh is the real fly-fisherman, but he is teaching me how to cast. It is honestly so nice to go somewhere that feels secluded and filled with nature in the midst of this “biggest city.” It does something good for the soul. If you have any questions about fishing the Tama, just write me in the comments below! We had a really hard time figuring it out at first – so we would like to help in any way we can.

Also, if you have any suggestions for Fly Fishing in Japan- we’d love to hear them!


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