Toshinori Takeyama Roots of Roman Made

Whether river or lake, the area where Toshinori Takeyama had grown up was rich with a variety of fish. It didn’t take long before Toshinori was absorbed in the charm of fishing.

Toshinori first impressions of fishing occurred close to home where fish occupied his nearby creek. This is where fishing first touched his soul.  His daily passion gripped his inner being well after the sun would fade.

However, Toshinori’ first encounter with the Largemouth Bass occurred at the impressionable age of ten, on  a tributary called the Oe River (in Gifu Prefecture).  There he witnessed the Black Bass and its fluid power. However, its keen focus and predatory intelligence consumed Toshinori.  He became obsessed with studying America’s game fish.


Toshinori’s Genesis Of Lure-Action Comes True.

During one excursion Toshinori used an American top water lure he acquired many years ago.  As he became acquainted with the lure, its subtle idiosyncrasies he began to generate questions about its triggering action.  After fishing it hundreds of times Toshinori concluded its effectiveness long term and over various condition was challenged by the lures single dimension of action. “Why doesn’t it move freely,” he pondered. This was the beginning to Toshinori’s creations to create lures with freedom.

“I began to make the lure by watching and imitating lure and fish swim actions” said Toshinori.  Mr. Takeyama discovered (though hundreds of designs) attempting to create a lure with effortlessly motion was difficult.  The young designer began the process of deduction asking the question  “Why don’t it move (swim naturally) the inquiring mind made me advance ahead”.  Even today, Takeyama’s desire to fish fuels his creative discipline.

When Toshinori Takeyama finalized his creation the lure’s action gave him pleasure (almost spiritual).  His masterpiece had come to fruition! “I remember still now… an ordinary evening…but to me…I faced the river … the purpose of the lure was complete”.  Takeyama’s impact to swimbait design for giant Biwa bass is significant in Japan.  Referring to the swim action of his swimbaits Toshinori believes evidence is in  “… the impression on fish…it is greatly observed” says Takeyama.

The magical creation of Takeyama is a reflection of the Roots of ROMANMADE.