Rick Wallace

Fly Fisher, Journalist

Rick Wallace is a well-traveled Australian fly fisher who has been fishing since he was a child and has fly fished throughout the world including New Zealand, Patagonia, Tasmania and Japan.
He is passionate about sight fishing for trout and other species. He has worked as a journalist for 20 years and his writing has been published in leading fly fishing magazine Fly Life. He grew up in the alpine regions of Australia's southernmost mainland state of Victoria and currently lives in the state capital, Melbourne.

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Fly Fishing The Island of Hokkaido, Japan

Rick Wallace is a well-traveled Australian fly fisher who lived and fished the island of Hokkaido, Japan extensively for four years. Unknown to many fly fishers taimen, rainbow trout, char and salmon are all prime targets on the island of Hokkaido. Taimen can get as large as one meter! Listen in to learn more about this fishery and find out where, when and how to fish this northernmost island in Japan.

Just a few of the questions asked and answered during the interview:

  • What fly fishing opportunities are there on the island?
  • Where is the best place to stay on Hokkaido?
  • What is the best time of year to fish on the island?
  • Is the taimen found on Hokkaido similar to those in Mongolia?
  • What is the best way to fish for taimen?
  • What flies do you use for taimen?
  • Where do you fish for rainbows and char?
  • When is the best time to fish for salmon?

To hire local Japanese guides for fishing on Hokkaido visit Trout & King.

Rick spent four years living in Japan from 2010 to 2014 as a foreign correspondent for The Australian newspaper and fished extensively in Japan's most remote region, Hokkaido - known for its taimen, trout, char and salmon fishing. While in Japan, he participated in the filming of the fly fishing movie Predator with friend and fly fishing filmmaker Nick Reygaert in a segment focused on trying to catch a taimen over the magical 1m mark (40 inches). Rick is also the founder and editor of fishing information website Tackle Village.


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