Iwana = “Rock Fish”

On April 23, 2013
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This is the photo of a Japanese char, the Iwana, which I took on one of my trips to Japan. Iwana translates roughly as “rock fish”. Aptly I caught this guy on the Tenkara USA Iwana rod. It is said they can “walk” on rocks to get back to the water, and legend has it that they can use that ability to cross paths and get on different waters if their stream is drying up. I can vouch that they can use their fins to stand, though I haven’t yet seen one walk from one stream to another.

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  1. jeremy (achilles38) says:

    the coloring on the Iwana is really nice looking. Amazing if they can actually “walk” to another creek nearby if there’s is drying up. A testament to life finding a way to survive.

  2. Eduardo says:

    Very interesting! And also that japanese word sounds like the spanish word “IGUANA”, not the same but I like to point that.

    All the best.

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