The very first fly Satoshi learned to tie was a white yarn dry egg fly for carps in a Tokyo suburb river that were rising on bubbles. He completed a Masters’ degree in Animal Science in Montana State University and pursued a career as a cattle breeder all over the West. Settled in eastern Washington, he was able to resume his passion. He fished streams in eastern Washington and started to pry waters in southwestern Montana where he couldn’t fish while a student. He learned to tie generic patterns from tiny dry-flies to 5-inch long streamers. Eventually he started to design his own original patterns and wouldn’t hesitate experimenting with them. In September of 2010, a Chinook salmon caught by accident with a 6-weight rod in one of Yakima River tributaries was a calling to start a new chapter of his life. He moved back to Montana and became a fly-fishing guide.
Livingston’s spring creeks, Yellowstone National Park waters, and legendary rivers such as Yellowstone, Madison, and Bighorn are where he’s been guiding and developing new fly patterns for the past 10 years. Especially on spring creeks, based on his insect collection and observation, he developed a series of flies to imitate various insects and to match specific stage of hatch to deceive selective trout.
In spring of 2013, his fly-tying interests reached a new phase. He decided to pursue the art of Atlantic salmon flies. It was quite a struggle at the beginning. However, with his mentor’s continuous teaching and his undaunted determination, he got over the struggle and stepped up to be a fly dresser. He proudly frames those classic flies for exhibitions.
Satoshi regularly appears at East Idaho Fly Tying Expo. He has conducted fly-tying classes covering spring creek flies, Yellowstone Park flies, and steelhead/salmon flies. One of his first original pattern “Coyote” was featured in Northwest Fly Fishing magazine. Also he has written many articles for Fly Anglers OnLine and contributes one of fly-fishing magazines in Japan. He’s a pro staff with Regal Vise.
Satoshi lives in Livingston, MT with his beautiful wife and toddler son and runs his own fly-fishing outfitting service to guide clients on fabled waters in and around Livingston. After intense summer months, he spends at his tying bench through winter, dressing and framing salmon flies and filling custom fly orders. Being better at any genre of flies, learning from other great tyers and materials, and developing new patterns are never ending subjects for him.