Archive | March, 2011

FISHERMAN AS WARRIORS

20 Mar

FLY FISHING DOJO is a weblog that combines martial arts protocol, philosophy and ideology with fishing. Some of you have wondered, “Is this a new idea?” The short answer is “No.” Fisherman as warriors have existed since the time of feudal Japan.

On a remote, small chain of islands known as the “Ryukyu’s” (of which Okinawa is one island), determined groups of peasants faced the onslaught of a Japanese occupation. The Japanese invaders were composed of the elite fighting force of the era; the infamous and deadly Samurai. The Ryukyu peasants faced the cold shiver of death from the Samurai warrior’s mythic, steel katana (sword) with nothing but their tenacity, ferocity and farm tools to save them. Farmers and fisherman held their heads high as they faced the Shogun’s Samurai.

Unlike the fisherman of today, who pursue the sport for recreation, for the Ryukyu fisherman, life was difficult. He spent long hours each day on the mighty ocean fishing for  a meager subsistence. He paddled and steered his simple boat with a hand-crafted oar. The oar was not only a tool, but also proved to be an invaluable weapon. The humble peasant fisherman was capable of defending himself against marauding bands of mighty Samurai with nothing but his courage, tenacity, spirit and, his oar. Thus, the low-born peasant became a legendary warrior in his own right.

Sensei John wielding the Eaku (oar) of the ancient Okinawa fisherman

From this historical tradition of fisherman as warriors, the idea for FLY FISHING DOJO was born. To pay homage to the humble Ryukyu fisherman-warriors, I have prepared a video showing an example of a Kata (martial arts protocol) of the fighting technique of these ancient fisherman-warriors.

Please feel free to take a look back into a past era by clicking on this convenient link.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cMRW503DbY

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In closing I remain, committed to presenting you with a unique fly fishing weblog and experience.

Sensei John

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NEW FFD LOGO PRODUCTS

13 Mar

Announcing two exciting new FFD Logo products to make the trip to your favorite fly fishing water in FFD style.

The official FFD Logo aluminum key chain.

The official FFD Logo Aluminum Front License Plate.

Your fly fishing vehicle says it all, so while you are on the water flicking flies at magnificent denizens of the deep, let those around you know, you are a fan of FLY FISHING DOJO.

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Thank-you for your support.

Sensei John

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MARCH MADNESS: Road To The Final Fish

10 Mar

I just received information pertaining to an innovative, fun and worthy contest. It is the “March Madness: Road To The Final Fish” contest sponsored by the good folks at Cheeky Fly Fishing.  Ted Upton of Cheeky Fly Fishing describes the contest as follows:

It is basically a march madness style bracket tournament, except game fish are substituted for basketball teams.  Thirty-two fish have been seeded in a bracket (which you will find on the site), and over the course of a number of matchups, one will be crowned champion based on fly fishermen’s votes.  Individuals fill out brackets by selecting which fish they prefer in each matchup.  The fishermen that pick the most winners will receive great prizes from Cheeky Fly Fishing, Manhattan Fly, Fishpond, The Fly Shop, Montana Fly, Jim Teeny, Fishage, Muddog Flies, Free Fly, Skinny Water Culter and more.

Best of all, 100% of proceeds are donated to Casting for Recovery, Stripers Forever and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.

You can read more and enter at: www.cheekyflyfishing.com/news.

I completed my form, what are you waiting for? Support various worthy causes, have fun and maybe win a few prizes, a “win-win” situation.

Sensei John

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FEBRUARY, 2011 – NJ SUPPLEMENT

6 Mar

Well, I survived my first month visiting and temporarily working in New Jersey. It was difficult to say the least. Weather may best be summarized as snow – snow and more snow. Work demanded six days a week of my time; but, I am very grateful to have the work. I was able to go out fly fishing on Sunday March,  20th with Sensei Bob, the FFD New Jersey correspondent.

The day was clear, crisp and cold. We fished the Raritan River at Ken Lockwood Gorge. This stretch of the Raritan is a trout conservation area. While there are certain restrictions as to tackle, bait and harvest requirements, this conservation area is open all year long. There is no closed season.

The area we fished was beautiful and had promising water. In my mind’s eye, I envisioned many large rainbow holding behind various rocks, in the depths of deep pools and otherwise lurking in the swirling water. In actuality, it was a slow day for Sensei Bob and I. Despite casting flies that were sure to seduce a trout or two, no such finned beautify fell prey to our feathery offerings. Such is fishing; notwithstanding results, it was a pure joy to be out in the cold, crisp fresh air, in nature, alone with one’s thoughts, or lack thereof. All, in all, a great day.

Here are a few pictures which I hope you enjoy.

Sensei Bob fly fishes under a railroad bridge.

A handicapped access ramp above a deep pool.

Thank-you to Meltzer's Sporting Goods, Garfield, NJ for helping me with my NJ Non-Resident fishing license.

Until the next submission, I remain,

Sensei John

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