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Dolly Varden

Fly Shop and Guide Service

Hokkaido is a hidden gem for fly fishers in Japan. Abundant in wild scenery, it offers quality angling from early spring to early winter. The river types are also varied, from free-stone streams and wide main stems that meander in pastoral settings. Our target species are rainbow trout (nijimasu), white-spotted char (amemasu), land-locked cherry salmon (yamame), Japanese char (iwana), Japanese taimen (ito) and dolly varden (oshorokoma). There are plenty of places that are less known and that offer great fishing with little fishing pressure. In short, anglers’ dream destination.

Dolly Varden guided trips

I can guide in all areas in Hokkaido, and I pick up the best locations for the target species in the given season. I can cater to small-stream fishing to two-handed swing fishing in the lower reaches of the river fir the ultimate big fish. In my spare time I always scout out for the new.

Iwao Shimoyama
Owner, Dolly Varden Fly Shop and Guide Service
SIMMS Elite Ambassador since 2017

Guide Fee

1 person/day 48,600 yen (tax included)
For raft boat add 6,480 yen (tax included)

2 people/day 77,600 yen (tax included)
For raft boat add 6,480 yen (tax included)

Included: Lunch and soft drink Not included : Extra drink and alcohol, lodging and food for multi-day guiding Discussion needed if the number of guests is three or more.


Dolly Varden offers several hosted tours to the prime angling destinations of the world. What you can learn there help you grow for sure, as anglers and as good citizen! Following is the typical destinations we take clients to.

Middle March and Middle September --- BC, Canada (Skeena system)


Early July --- Mongolia (Onon system)


Early October --- Oregon, USA (Deschutes River)


Late November --- Cuba (Cayo Largo)

Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit

Middle February --- Argentina (Tierra del Fuego)

Sea-run Brown Trout

Prices vary depending on exchange rates and the original price the operators charge. Please inquire.

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