did the trick. This of course was a net I bought ready-made last year but raw bamboo, which I lacquered by hand myself and then had the knotted netting replaced with a synthetic knotless mesh.
It was nice to catch a wild rainbow trout on my trusted Thebault silk line and then land the creature with my home-lacquered net. The weather was terrible and precluded catching yamame, but the rainbows, wild and stocker, put up a good show and I was not disappointed, although everything was on nymphs or wet flies. The fishery is always good for ornithology and the crowning glory of the day was, for me perhaps, spotting a very unseasonal wariangle/shrike (Linnaeus’ L. bucephalus) – my first in Japan, and what I take to be a good omen. Thanks as always to Yozawa trout stream and I hope to catch some yamame on a dry fly when the weather improves!