The Great Tube Debate
Mar28

The Great Tube Debate

Some tenkara rods come with a rod tube, and some don’t. Some anglers are hardcore tubers, some throw caution to the wind, and some are in between (like me).  An included rod tube is a nice touch, but whenever someone laments the fact that a particular rod model doesn’t come with a tube, my response is that when collapsed, tenkara rods essentially become their own protective cases, so tubes aren’t really necessary. I...

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A Tenkara Car Kit
Jan09

A Tenkara Car Kit

After a recent discussion with Karel from Tenkara on the Fly, I finally decided to sit down and do something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time:  put together a tenkara kit to leave in my car for when those unexpected fishing opportunities present themselves. The conversation went something like this… We were having lunch at the fly fishing show and Karel was talking about how he’s filled up his tenkara rod...

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My Wading Kit
Sep08

My Wading Kit

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about my preference for wet wading when tenkara fishing.  While it’s great in the summer, with fall fast approaching (even faster in the high country), it’s time to break out the waders for the colder temperatures ahead. Every angler who uses waders has their own system for storing and transporting their wading gear so I thought I’d show you mine. It’s a simple system, yet a...

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What I carry in my Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

A lot of people have asked me what I carry in my pack for UL fly fishing and backpacking trips so I thought I’d do a quick video about it.  It’s called the Trico and I’d be curious to hear what others carry and see if it’s similar to my setup or what other gear you...

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The RIBZ Front Pack For Backpacking and Fly Fishing

As a semi-minimalist who likes to combine outdoor sports (yeah, you guessed it:  backpacking and fly fishing), I’m always on the lookout for multi-purpose gear to enhance my outings without adding a lot of bulk and weight.  Enter the RIBZ front pack.  Wear it up the trail to balance out your load and make your pack feel lighter, use it as a summit pack or for day hikes from base camp, or make it your fly vest on backpacking...

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Ultralight Leader Wallet
Aug29

Ultralight Leader Wallet

I just got back from field testing a prototype of an ultralight leader wallet I’m designing.  The idea is to create a super light, super compact wallet that will store 3-6 leaders and keep them from tangling. I’ve been looking for ultralight ultra-compact leader wallets for a while and found that like ultralight fly fishing packs, they didn’t exist either.  All the commercially available ones are bulky, heavy, and...

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The Trico Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

This is the pack I always dreamed of that didn’t exist.  Available here....

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5 Tips to Reduce the Weight of Your Backpack Fly Fishing Kit
Jun20

5 Tips to Reduce the Weight of Your Backpack Fly Fishing Kit

A while back, I wrote about a simple fly fishing setup for backpacking. As fly fishers, we have an intrinsic advantage when it comes fishing on overnight and multi-day backpacking trips. Unlike other styles of fishing, we aren’t condemned to carrying heavy, bulky tackle like spinning reels, weighted lures, etc. However, fly fishers also tend to be gear addicts and it’s easy to convince ourselves that we have to have every fly and...

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De-Fishing Soap

De-Fishing Soap from Jason Klass on Vimeo. Anyone who has fished on a backpacking trip and retired to your tent for the night has probably had a thought lurking in the back of their mind before drifting off to sleep: Am I going to end up as bear dinner? Luckily, this biodegradable soap takes the fish smell off your hands so you can sleep easy. In this video, I who you how I repackage it so that you don’t have to take the whole...

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A Simple Fly Fishing Setup for Backpacking
Dec01

A Simple Fly Fishing Setup for Backpacking

To me, one of the most interesting challenges of fly fishing on multi-day hikes is coming up with a system that allows you to carry all of the essentials without lugging a 15 lb. vest up the trail.  Although my system is constantly evolving, here’s one that I found works well.  Total weight (including rod):  7.3 oz. Contents (from top, then left to right). 1.  Tenkara Iwana 12’ rod.  I don’t carry a case. 2.  Gossamer Gear Hip belt...

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A Fly Vest on Your Shoulder Strap
Nov27

A Fly Vest on Your Shoulder Strap

I’m one of those people who likes to fish my way up to my campsite.  I’m usually not wading so leaving my pack on while I hit pocket water along the way is my typical MO.  Yet, I want quick access to my flies, floatant, nippers, and tippet.  Here’s a great little pouch you can affix to the shoulder strap of your pack that will keep all of the essentials readily accessible:  The UnSlack Pack. While not specifically...

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How to Pack Your Fly Rod While Hiking
Nov21

How to Pack Your Fly Rod While Hiking

A long time ago, multi-piece fly rods were considered junk.  The technology to prevent multiple ferrules from compromising the action of the rod simply hadn’t been perfected yet.  Fast-forward to the present and we are lucky enough to have a multitude of pack rods that cast just as well as 2-piece rods.  Lucky for us, most modern backpacks have the perfect place to store them too.  Just slip your case in the side pocket, secure it...

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