Top 10 Most Wanted Fish in Japan – 2015

2015/12/13 Top 10 Most Wanted Fish in Japan – 2015

Now it’s the season again to see the top 10 most wanted fish.

This blog attracts variety of English reading audiences from over 149 geopolitical regions from Japan (#1) to Kosovo (#149). Considering the fact we are focusing on fly fishing in and out of Tokyo, amount of engagement to each fish species related article shows the level of interest to that fish.

Previously, we measured the popularity to fish by how many “page views” to each fish topic, but now we are measuring “active view time” of that fish, so it is more accurate to reflect how much curiosity are given to that particular species.

#10: Blue Mackerel (new)

One caught in Ito in Izu Peninsula and made into family dinner

New and knocked other pelagic fishes out of the ranking. This pretty well-seen saltwater game is bigger than other mackerel and grow to the size giving you great fight on 8-10wt tackle. And it makes wonderful dish.

#9: Brook Trout (new)

Good size brookie caught in River Yu, very first river in Japan where this species were stocked by Thomas Blake Glover

Proud to announce this historically important fish made into the top 10 for the first time. First introduced into Japanese water by Thomas Glover in the late 19th century, this is the icon of Western style fly fishing in Japan.

#8: Common Carp (new)


Sport of urban water

Rapidly rising in popularity, common carp is the king of carp and formidable sport for fly anglers all over the world.

#7: Northern Snakehead (4->7)

Intimidating when caught, intimidating when seen

A hero of 2013 season. Both native and imported population  had its day of prosperity, then now becoming difficult to find big fish. If pike is mafia fish, then snakehead is absolutely yakuza.

#6: Blackhead Seabream (8 in 2013->6)


One caught in sightfishing in Lake Hamana

He is back! Most commonly seen seabream in the main island and the most difficult seabream to catch amongst 5 species of seabream = acanthopagrus in Japan. It’s as wary as cherry salmon yet as aggressive as white-spotted char who live from brackish water to inshore saltwater area. Ninja of the sea.

#5: Sakhalin Taimen (5->5)

One caught in stock fishery who usually attack smaller trout for snack

Legendary wild fish native of northern Japan now found in stock fishery as well. Hard skinned predator of the northern water will pull your heart out into the wild. Native fish in Hokkaido is mostly fished in spring time. TFFCC will be engaging with this fish from 2016 season.

#4: Black Rockfish (6->4)

One caught by nymphing in ocean

Entry fish for Japanese saltwater fly fishing best caught in winter season. Too bad they don’t grow too fast and they taste great, so that you won’t find big size fish from bank easily.

#3: White-spotted Char (2->3)

One caught in mountain river north of Tokyo

This Ice Age fish show so many variations on skin patterns.
Sea run fish are specialty of season in Hokkaido. Sometimes wary, sometimes aggressive. Fish with distinctive character. Unless it’s cold morning, you won’t even see him until he hits your fly hard from under the rock.

#2: Japanese Seaperch (3->2)

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One caught on boat in Tokyo Bay at night

King of Tokyo’s saltwater/brackish water fish continues to stay at the high position.
Solid skinned predators with unique character will give you tireless games to enjoy.  If you have tried European seabass, striped bass, or snook, you will love this fish with no doubt.

#1: Cherry Salmon (1->1)

Defending champion of 2011-2014 continues to be invincible with nearly 3 times more viewership than seaperch in the 2nd place! Crown jewel of Japan stays unchallenged to her popularity, perhaps we should call this fish Her Majesty.

No matter what you fish or what you do. You will agree with the beauty of this East Asian salmon. Landlocked cherry salmon gives you joyful time of fly selection and presentation. Sea run cherry salmon gives you fight which you won’t forget. Experience the beauty of this fish is what you are obliged to do as fly angler in Japan.

Off the 10

Following fishes are potentials for 2016 round.

#20: Brown Trout
#19: Japanese Dace
#18: Lake Trout
#17: Big Eye Trevally
#16: Marbled Rockfish
#15: Pale Chub
#14: Japanese Amberjack
#13: Rainbow Trout
#12: Giant Trevally
#11: Smallmouth Bass

TFFCC has been posting information about fish available in the waters of Tokyo from the mountains to the islands and surrounding waters of Tokyo only.

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