President Message 2009

     Dear Fellow WFFJ members,

     Happy Holidays!  Wishing you have very warm holidays with your family and good health and prosperity be yours now and through out the coming New Year, 2009.

     I would like to introduce our new director Mr. Miyamoto and a new member, Mr. Ishii.  Mr. Miyamoto lives in Tokyo, Japan and he is a co-secretary of WFFJ and Mr. Ishii lives in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture and he is going to serve for us form the accounting side of WFFJ. 

       Our membership dues are the same JpYen2,000 from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.  To renew your membership, please fill out the attached form and mail it with the renewal dues to the above address.  You will receive the receipt from WFFJ office.  Or you can send renewal form in pdf format by e-mail to  Please make sure that your renewal form has your signature.  If you do not want to mail cash using regular postal service, we will inform you how to pay your membership dues to the WFFJ bank account in Japan directory.  If you are in the USA, you can mail your check along with your renewal form.  The amount of the check should be equivalent to the membership fee and the remittance fee in Japan, payable to Misako Ishimura and mail it to Misako Ishimura, P. O. Box 54, Lakeview, AR  72642. I will process the payment on behalf of you. If it is difficult to print the renewal form, please let me know. I will mail it to your address.

                We are going to have some changes in our web site, Please help us for new design of WFFJ web site. We look forward your assistance and inputs. Your essay, articles, poems, pictures and drawings are welcome. Please send them to me by e-mail or regular mail. We would like to make WFFJ web site for you and with you so that you can share it with your fishing body and family. 

        There is WFFJ schedule for 2009 at the end of my note including the new gathering of WFFJ members for Fly Fishing Team members in Nagano Prefecture.  Please mark your calendar on May 9th and May 10th, 2009.  To join, please call Start Line, 0268-74-3538 (from oversea 011-81-268-74-3538) or e-mail to 

         You can contact me any time for anything at We may be able to introduce a fishing friend or give you some tips to choose equipments, to fly casting or to fly tying.  Please give us your advice or suggestions, too. Your inputs are very welcome.
        Last month, one of our members contacted me by e-mail to get the information of fly fishing in Australia. 
I introduce the former captain of Fly Fishing Australia. He took care of our member and his friend for tow and half days with pure friendship with Fly Fishing Team Japan.  He put them very special spots in and near the lakes for fishing, too. They had a very good time.
        Currently, WFFJ member, Mr. Toshio Kamitani’s paper flies and his books, called paper flies, are exhibited as a part of “Made in Japan” exhibition, which will be formally opened at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum from Jan. 2009.   
        One of Fly Fishing Team Japan, 2002 member, Mr. Yukihiro Yoshida, donated his bamboo rod, which was made from Japanese bamboo in Japan.  It was on the wall of the Museum form the beginning of this year. 
         We made our WFFJ emblems in Japan.  Mr. Jim Krul, who is the director of Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum requested to donate it for “Made in Japan.”  So we donated it along with some pictures of our trip and Fly Fishing Team Japan group pictures. They will be on the wall of the museum in 2009. 
          If you want to donate fly fishing related items, which are made in Japan for this exhibition, please send them directly to the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum. Do not forget to enclose the information of your name and your address. You can mention that you are a member of WFFJ’ too.  Only when you use the regular postal service, please mail to: The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum – Made in Japan –
       P. O. Box 1295
        Livingston Manor, NY  12758  USA
       All donation items will not be returned to you. You will receive their decal in return. 
        Mr. Krul is inviting Japanese fly tyers to tye flies on May 23, 2009.  Is anybody coming to tye flies in the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum?


        If you want to read something funny in Japanese during coming New Year, I recommend to buy the book, called Nagagutsu-wo Haita Gaikoukan, written by our Honorary Chair, Mr. Seiichiro Otsuka, ISBN978-4-270-00381-7. 

         Fly Fishing is the sport, which enable you to meet special new friends. For the fly fisher like you, this is the perfect book to read to get smile on your face and look forward to meeting new anglers.

            May Peace, Good Health, and Prosperity be yours
                  now and through out Year of 2009!

                             Tight lines and wraps!
                                  Misako Ishimura, Chair of World Fly Fishing of Japan
                                  P. O. Box 54
                                  Lakeview, AR  72642  USA