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So now you’re kitted out with all your brand-new fly-fishing gear. But don’t get too excited just yet. Before taking the plunge for the first time at some idyllic lakeside spot, or by a glittering river you’re told is teeming with prime specimens, take time to visit a kanri-tsuriba (a pond or stretch of river designated for fishing) to practice casting — fly fishing’s fundamental skill.

Here are some recommended kanri-tsuriba, at many of which you will be able to take casting lessons given by experts keen to help you enjoy their sport.

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