Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Sagami Bay area, Japan
I used to live there and fished for the bones quite a bit. If you are to spend a whole month there, you might want to fish with a few different guides to learn different styles. Duff and Mike are great to hire to get a chance to fish hard-to-reach flats from a flats boat, sight casting to large bones. Ed Tamai, the head guide of the Nervouswater fly shop, is the best one to pick if you want to learn wade-in sight fishing. The guy is an amazing sight fisher. Finally, you might want to hire Luis The Fish for a day to learn blind-fishing approach on easily accessible flats. If you ask Luis to teach you where to fish and how to fish, blind-casting, then you can fish on your own and have a reasonable chance of hooking bones on your own. I recommend that you learn from Luis especially because the month of Feb is usually the most difficult month to catch the bones, especially by sight fishing. Though there can be many days of nice weather in Feb, it tends to be cloudy and windy, with the sun hitting the water at low angles. When the condition is tough, sight fishing even from an advantageous flats boat produces very poor results. If you do not mind casting hours into channels and pockets on the flats, you would have a pretty good chance of hooking them, even in the toughest condition. For that sort of fishing, you might want to consider getting a hold of Meiser's 9'9" switch rod that can carry 450 to 500 grains. It would make your day on the flats whole a lot easier.