September 4, 1996 in Nation/World

A River Runs Through Japan, Too

Heidi Hagemeier Livingston Enterprise

Ichiro Inami understates the reasons he came to the United States this summer from Japan: “I came to learn English and to fish.”

It sounds like a nice vacation, but he actually is in training to take a bit of Livingston back to Tokyo.

Inami, who arrived at the beginning of July, will become manager of the new Dan Bailey’s angling store in downtown Tokyo.

Inami, 31, explained that fishing in Japan is extremely popular. Most angling is bait fishing in seas or fly-fishing in Japanese rivers.

According to John Bailey, owner of Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop, the fishing store will make its debut as soon as he finds a location.

“Once we have a location, we’ll be dashing fast,” Bailey said. He would not reveal how much of his business comes from Japan via mail order, but he indicated that the dollar amounts are large.

“It’s a substantial part of our business,” he said.

Inami said he enjoys fishing in Montana more than in Japan because first-class fishing is very close here and because “trophy fish” are much smaller in Japan.

It took him two decades of fishing in Japan to snag his largest find, a 24-inch rainbow trout.

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