下山 巖 Iwao Shimoyama
Director of Hokkaido Fishing Guide Service Dolly Varden
At the age of 27, Shimoyama quit his job and started fishing in Hokkaido, and at the age of 29, he started a fishing shop and guide service, which he has been operating for 25 years. Since then, he has fished all over the world, from fly fishing in the ocean to helicopter fishing, learning from the world's leading guides.
・ Owner of Fly Fishing Shop & Guide Service Dolly Varden ・ SIMMS Certified Guide ・ Languages: Japanese, English
Catching fish is the main mission of fly fishing, but the preparation and process leading up to that point is also very important. Catching a fish with a hair hook is the most difficult part, and the rules and etiquette are very strict. In order to catch a fish, you must blend into nature and deeply observe the river, the surrounding environment, and the water. By doing so, new discoveries will be made. It is important not only to catch fish, but also to understand what you need to see and prepare in order to reach that point. Also, the goal is not to catch a lot of fish, nor is it about catching a big fish. Our guide service aims to help you create memorable experiences and build lasting knowledge. Fly fishing is an internationally recognized standard of fishing, and you can enjoy it all over the world. We hope to help you to enrich your life and share a good time with you. For first-timers, we offer fly fishing with casting lessons. We organize private tours all over Hokkaido according to level and preferences.
Q: What is your most memorable experience in nature?
I was once at a lake in foggy and drizzling conditions. No one was around when the fish started to rise. The whole lake was covered with rising fish.
Q: What does nature represent to you?
Nature is something that teaches us everything.
Q: What has nature taught you?
We humans are powerless against nature, and nothing is certain. In nature, no two situations are the same. Each moment is unique and can never be repeated.
Q: What do you hope that people will get out of experiences with you as a guide?
We hope that you will put yourself in the midst of nature and develop your skills as a human.