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Tenkara Memes
Jason Klass

Tenkara Memes Round 7

Here’s my latest batch of tenkara memes. Feel free to share the individual images, but please be cool and give me credit. To see all of my previous tenkara memes, click here. And if you’ve made some of your own memes, please post them in the comments section below.

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Jason Klass

Sources for Tenkara Fly Tying Materials

I’m often asked where I get my fly tying materials. And my answer is, “from my desk”. Over 30 years of tying, I’ve amassed a collection of materials that would make some fly shops’ inventories seem lacking. So whenever I sit down to tie, I already have all the ingredients

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Tenkara Flies by Jason Sparks
Jason Klass

Jason Sparks on Tenkara Fly Tying

Being a fly tyer is part of my self-identity. I’ve often said that even if every river and ocean on Earth dried up, I would still tie flies. It’s one of my passions in life and I consider it a high art. As such, I’m always interested in learning about

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Tenkara Summit 2019
Jason Klass

Tenkara Summit 2019

Well, I’m still “reeling” 😉 from this year’s Tenkara Summit. Usually when I cover such events, I try to put together a cohesive recap for those who couldn’t make it. But this year, it was quite intense and I’m not sure I’m up to that task. So instead, I’m just

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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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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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