Learn Tenkara Fly Tying DVD Review

  This new tenkara fly tying DVD series was just announced today but I happened to receive one in the mail prior to launch (Thanks Brian!).  This DVD isn’t good.  It’s GREAT!  The clarity and quality is amazing and the running commentary by tenkara experts is surprisingly informative.  When I first opened the package, I was kind of dismissive.  I thought that I’d pretty much heard everything there was to be said...

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Tenkara Flies on Eyeless Hooks
May04

Tenkara Flies on Eyeless Hooks

  Some tenkara anglers in Japan prefer to tie their sakasa kebari on eyeless hooks.  Rather than a metal ring for an eye, these flies have a loop of flexible material to which the tippet is tied.  I’ve heard some people say that this connection gives the fly more movement in the water than flies with rigid eyes; however, in my experience, there is little to no difference in the action of eyed vs. eyeless flies....

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Video Tour of My Fly Tying Desk

All of us who tie flies have our own unique spaces dedicated to the craft.  Whether crammed into the corner of a tiny apartment or sprawled out over the entire expanse of a finished basement, they are sacred places.  Here is a quick video of my current one and some of the materials I’ve collected over the years.  I’d love to see yours...

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The “Traffic Jam” Trico Cluster

If you’d rather fish a #14 fly during a heavy Trico hatch than a #22, check out the Traffic Jam How to Tie the Traffic Jam Trico Cluster from Jason Klass on Vimeo. Many of us who have fished Trico hatches probably have a love-hate relationship with them.  These notoriously prolific hatches bring a lot of fish to the surface but it can be impossible to pick out your #22 imitation from the thousands of others on the surface.  A...

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The Balloon Caddis
Apr21

The Balloon Caddis

The Balloon Caddis is one of my favorite all-time caddis flies.  It’s versatile, durable, and easy to tie.  This innovative pattern designed by Austrian fly fishing mogul  Roman Moser (one of my fly tying heroes) belongs in every fly box (especially for the backpacking angler). Materials Hook: Partridge Mike Weaver Arrowpoint #12 – #18 (substitute any standard dry fly hook) Thread: 8/0 UNI Thread (color of choice) Abdomen:...

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The “Go-To Midge”

Here’s my favorite, general purpose midge pattern. It’s easy to tie and very effective. While you could tie them in any color I mostly tie them only in black. Materials Hook: Tiemco 2488 #20 – 24 Thread: Red 8/0 Abdomen: Hareline Ultra Chenille Micro, black Thorax: Hareline Ice Dub, Olive Brown Breathers: Polypropylene Yarn, white How to Tie It How to Tie The Go-To Midge from Jason Klass on Vimeo. Jason Klass on Vimeo. How...

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