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With a nod to tradition and a passion for Tenkara Americana, the Tenkara Talk Blog features hundreds of gear reviews, fly tying tutorials, DIY hacks, and presentation techniques.

Jason Klass

Ep. 15: Destination Japan: What To Know Before You Go

Special Guest: Go Ishii Audio-only Version There probably isn’t a tenkara angler in the U.S. that hasn’t at least entertained the idea of fishing in Japan (someday). As those who have made the journey will attest, it can be complicated and challenging, but not impossible (if you know the right

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Bamboo Waster Tippet Holder
Jason Klass

Bamboo Waste Tippet Tamer

No matter your level of experience, every fly angler out there faces the same dilemma: what to do with waste tippet? And, what to do when you come across a bird’s nest of old line dangling from the branches? The truth is, our disgarded lines are a menace to the

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One Star Leather Tenkara Spool Cases
Jason Klass

OneStar Leather Tenkara Spool Cases

As my collection of wooden spools from Kura-san and TenakraPath has grown over the years, I’ve sometimes thought about doing a better job of organizing and protecting them. I feel that if you’ve invested in a beautifully crafted spool, it’s probably worth investing in protecting it. Handmade and bespoke tackle

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Oni Itoshiro Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

Oni Itoshiro 340 Tenkara Rod Review

Last year, the stars aligned and I finally added the Itoshiro 340 to my lineup of Oni rods. I’d been thinking about it for a long time but was waiting for the bamboo handle version to become available. I already owned the Type III and while they’re the same length,

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Oni Coco Style Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

3 Why Reasons I Love the Oni Style Coco 290

“WOW!” I could probably end this review right here with that one word, and to me, it would be sufficient to describe how I feel about this rod. But you probably want to hear a little more than that! So, spoiler aside, here are the reasons why I fell in

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Jason Klass

Ep. 14: North Country Spiders for the Tenkara Angler

“Connecting the dots between the Japanese kebari & English soft hackle traditions”   Special Guest: Jonathan Antunez Dark Watchet by Jonathan Antunez About a month ago, I became enamored with a particular style of fly called the North Country Spider. I immediately recognized that these ultra-minimalist flies have many parallels

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Fly fishing Basics Podcast
Jason Klass

Ep. 13: The Lost Art of the Basics in Fly Fishing

Video Version Audio-only Version In our world of instant gratification, it’s easy to get ahead of ourselves when we begin a new endeavor. We want to take shortcuts, skim the literature, ignore details that seem insignificant (or boring). But in this episode, Jason and his guest, Chuck Kaminski, explain why

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How to respool embroidery thread
Jason Klass

How To Re-Wind Any Thread To Fit Fly Tying Bobbins

When I received my early education in fly tying from the old troglodyte cronies at the fly shop, the use of any thread other than one specifically designated for fly tying was as unthinkable. The mere mention of “sewing thread” would produce an awkward pause, followed by a terse, but

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Yaki Sugi Wooden Tenkara Fly Box
Jason Klass

Jisaku-ya Yaki-sugi 6-Compartment Wooden Fly Box

Tenkara-ya is one of my favorite tenkara shops; not just because they have a solid lineup of high-quality Japanese products, but also because they carry a variety of esoteric tackle–things you can’t find here in the U.S.. And in particular, they offer several gorgeous wooden fly boxes (all of which

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Midge Strike Detection
Jason Klass

How to Fish Invisible Flies: Perimeter Strike Detection

There’s “fishing blind” (casting when you can’t see the fish), and then there’s “fishing blindfolded”, which is how many people might describe midge fishing. Sub-#20 flies can be invisible on the water and seemingly impossible to detect a strike with them. But I’ve been using this simple method for many

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jason klass beltpack tenkara
Jason Klass

[Video] Beltpack Update: Version 3 (V3)

Here’s the latest incarnation of my beltpack. I think it’s a significant upgrade in ergonomics that will allow me to conduct my streamcraft more efficiently (and more comfortably). If you’re not familiar with my “beltpacking” system watch this video for an explanation of why I think this is the most

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About Me

Jason KlassJason Klass is a former fly fishing guide & casting instructor based in Colorado. He was an early adopter of tenkara in the West and has been fishing the method for a variety of species since 2009. Read more

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