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Tenkara USA Ebisu
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Announces Reissue of Ebisu Rod

At the 2019 Tenkara Summit today, Tenkara USA made a pretty big announcement: the reissue and redesign of their discontinued Ebisu rod. The Ebisu was a favorite among many early adopters of tenkara in the West because of its soft 5:5 action and many lamented its demise. But I think

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FBSetImage
Jason Klass

The Answer to Every Question in Fly Fishing

“It depends”. That’s it. In the fly shop, I probably get 100 technical questions every day. “Which size tippet should I use?” “Should I get a 5 wt. or a 6 wt.?” “What are the best flies to use right now?” And my answer is always the same: “It depends.”

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Tenkara Fly Box Giveaway
Jason Klass

Non-Summiter Fly Box Giveaway

As you know, the 2019 Tenkara Summit is happening in two weeks and I know many of you regret the fact that won’t be able to make it.  So, I’m giving away a fly box filled with a dozen flies to hopefully brighten your day. All of these flies are

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Tactical Tenkara Nymph Line
Jason Klass

Why We Don’t Use Leaders in Tenkara

graphic by Anthony Naples I was struck recently by a comment I read from Chris Stewart in a Facebook group. I can’t remember the exact wording, so I’m paraphrasing. It was to the effect of, “remember in western fly fishing when we were all concerned about having a well-tapered leader? Whatever

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Reusing Fly Tying Hooks
Jason Klass

Resurrecting Flies

Years ago, my friend told me a story about how he used to save all of his beat up flies in an old coffee can. Anything that lost its tails, had unravelled thread, or got chewed up beyond recognition went in there. He had a master plan. One day, when

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Tenkara Tanuki Ninja Rod Review
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Ninja Rod Review

When my friend Luong Tam of Tenkara Tanuki first told me he was designing a new rod called the “Ninja”, I have to admit I wasn’t exactly excited. I was already a fan of his Snow 325 and other rods I had cast at trade shows and didn’t see how

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How to choose a tenkara rods
Jason Klass

Tenkara Rod Grips: Cork, Foam, Wood, or Other?

I remember back in maybe 2011 or 2012, there was a quite lengthy debate online regarding tenkara rod handles. It started when people began using fixed-line rods such as Keiryu and Seiryu rods for tenkara. Many of those rods didn’t have what would be considered a “grip” (the handle of

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Tenkara no Oni Type III Rod Review
Jason Klass

Tenkara no Oni Type III Rod Review

If you follow this blog or my tenkara Facebook page, you’ve probably seen pictures of me holding one of four rods in my trip reports: The Oni Type I, the Tenkara USA Ito, the Oni Type III, and more recently, the Tanuki Snow 325. That’s because these are my four

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Tenkara on the St. Vrain
Jason Klass

Race Against Runoff

Here in Colorado, we’re lucky that we don’t have a designated “trout season”. Legally, we can fish for trout all year round. Notice I said “legally”. That’s because we have another season that’s a de facto “off season”: runoff. Anyone who lives and fishes in the West is familiar with

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Prevent Fly Fishing Gear Theft
Jason Klass

Prevent Your Fishing Gear from Being Stolen!

At least once or twice a week, I get a customer in the shop who is there to replace gear that was stolen out of their car while they were fishing. Last week, I had two people in one day. One of them not only lost over $2,000 in rods

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Jason Klass Fishing Tenkara on the St. Vrain
Jason Klass

Tenkara Path Spring Fly Holder Line Spool

Just a few months ago, my friend Dennis from Tenkara Path and I were sitting in a cafe in Denver looking over his latest designs for his wooden bobbin spools. At some point, he pulled out a prototype of a new line spool he was working on. If you’re familiar with

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Denver Fly Fishing Rendezvous
Jason Klass

2019 Fly Fishing Rendezvous

It’s been pointed out to me that I’m somewhat of a hermit in the fly fishing and tenkara community. There are really only two events I attend on a regular basis: The Denver Fly Fishing Show and the Tenkara Summit. It’s not on purpose. There are plenty of tenkara events

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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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