Profile of
Misako Ishimura
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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 so beautiful native brook trout with her fly rod that she 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: she is a life member of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited and International Women Fly Fishers; since 1997 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 Championship and Conservation Symposium.  Misako is active in numerous organizations devoted to the protection of the environment and heightening awareness of the concerns of the conservation community.
Misako Ishimura 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”.
Misako has been fishing the streams of the Catskills for twenty years, where she has participated in numerous local conservation activities, including the “Adopt a Stream”, “Rock Rolling”, stream bank restoration including tree-planting projects. In coordination with Joan Stoliar and Mark Romero, she has organized the water ecology study weekends to school children of the “Trout in the Classroom.”

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 drawings were presented at the Wild Wood Gallery in 2002 and 2003, and at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum and the Zakonekan Museum in Sakai, Japan in where they form part of the permanent collection. Since 2007, her paintings have been exhibited annually in a group show in Osaka.  Her art is seen in the Japanese publication “Sakanahennohitotachi Sakuhinsyu”, issued in 2009, and in the above-mentioned soon-to-be published book on tenkara by Dr. Kevin C. Kelleher.
She believes that all those involved in fly fishing - and their organizations - are enriched and strengthened for fish and themselves through global outreach: Misako Ishimura is an international ambassador of the world of fly 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.