竿昭作 - SAOSHOSAKU

Career:

Born in Saitam in 1937. His parents owned a liquor shop but he started making wazao right after he graduated junior high school. He studied under 忠洋 (Tadahiro?) in Hatogaya for 5 years. In 1957, together with his brothers who learned from 忠洋 as well, they established Yamano Fishing Rod Manufacturer. They mainly made river fishing rods for Funa,Yamame,Ayu. In 1995, his son Masayuki Yamano quit his job in the office and started to learn the making of wazao. Now together with his son as SAOSHOSAKU the 1st, and 2nd, they run their own store -Yamano Tackle shop.

 

Story:

Especially favors making hechizao for Black Sea Bream. He earned expertise in 談巻(Danmaki) with black uruhi lacquer which is often refered as "the black Goizao" (Goi is a place in Chiba where it is famous for bank fishing ), among his fans.