LIVINGSTON MANOR – “Japanese Little Streams” program will take place on May 19 at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum (CFFCM) at 1031 Old Route 17 in Livingston Manor. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. There is a $20 fee for attendance, which includes a light lunch.

The program starts at 10 a.m. in the Wulff Gallery and will include guest presenters Kenzo Hayashi from Okukinu Iwana Preservation group in Tokyo, and Yukinobu Murata and Fumito Motosugi from Yamato Keiryuka. Chris Stewart of Tenkara Bum will also be here with tenkara fishing gear available for purchase. Presenters will discuss efforts to preserve native fish, as well as tenkara fly tying and casting.

Misako Ishimura, who is the organizer of this event and well-known to members of CFFCM, describes Hayashi as a dedicated member of the Okukinu-Iwana Hozonkai-Okukinu-Iwana Preservation Club, which protects and preserves Okukinu-Iwana in the Okukinugawa - Okuinu stream in the Nikko area near Tokyo. Murata is the Chair of Yamato Keiryukai, NPO, which conducts projects that protect and develop "Yamato Iwana", and "Amago" living in the upper stream of the Oigawa River and supports activities that protect the natural environment and fishery cooperatives, and environmental conservation of the Southern Alps and Ikawa district.

Hayashi’s presentation will be at 10 a.m., followed by Murata and Motosugi at 11 a.m. At noon, there will be a break for lunch, followed by tenkara fly tying demos and lessons at 1 p.m. In the afternoon, Ms. Ishimura will offer a “Casting Workshop (including Tenkara)” that is appropriate for beginners at 3 p.m. near the pond.

To register or more information about fly fishing, call CFFCM at 439-4810 or go to