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Keiichi Okusha of Tenkara-Ya
Jason Klass

Interview with Keiichi Okushi

You may have noticed I’ve been getting a lot of gear from Tenkara-Ya lately. It’s become my favorite tenkara gear site for a several reasons. For one, they carry some really unique gear that you can’t find anywhere else and are always adding new products. I make it a point

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Felt vs. Rubber Wading Boots
Jason Klass

Why I’m Pro-Felt

Over the last several years, a debate has been raging in the fly fishing world that comes up so frequently, I thought it better to write out my position on it so I can link to it rather than explaining myself time after time. The debate centers around felt-soled wading

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Fly Fishing Thermometer
Jason Klass

How I Carry my Fishing Thermometer

Here’s a simple hack I came up with to carry my thermometer on my new Yonah Tenkara pack which allows me to clip it to my net in order to get a better reach. This just makes it easier to get the thermometer a little deeper so I’m not merely

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Sebata Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Sebata’s Hand-Furled Tenkara Line

Yuzo Sebata. AKA, “Tani no Okina“, or, “the old man of the valley”. I recently shared some pictures of his tenkara flies. But just as each Japanese tenkara angler has their own signature fly patterns, many also have their own lines–as unique as their own thumbprints–and settled upon by years

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Tenkara Tenugui - Japanese Towels
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tenugui

When I first started researching tenkara online, I noticed something peculiar. A substantial number of the Japanese anglers I saw in pictures and videos had towels wrapped around their neck. I was a little baffled at first. But having had a fair amount of exposure to Japan, and knowing that

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Yonah Tenkara Simple Pack
Jason Klass

Yonah Tenkara Simple Pack

Like many of you, I am continually striving to improve my on-stream carry system and I feel like I make small increments of progress with every iteration. For years, I’ve been carrying a Fishpond San Juan chest pack and it’s served me well. Every so often, I browse sites like

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Tenkara Flies with Kevlar Thread
Jason Klass

Bulletproof Kebari

This is one of those “I already know someone’s thought of it (before I even say it)” ideas, but I had the thought last night to tie some simple stiff-hackle tenkara flies with Kevlar thread. I don’t normally use Kevlar, but I had some left over from my days tying

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Hirata Tenkara Kebari
Jason Klass

Hirata-san’s Kebari

Yesterday, I posted some pictures of my recent acquisition of some kebari from Yuzo Sebata for my tenkara fly collection, and today, I wanted to share some flies I got from Hisanobu Hirata. Hirata-san might not be a household name to many western tenkara anglers the way Dr. Ishigaki or

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Yuzo Sebata Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

Sebata Kebari – Yuzo Sebata’s Tenkara Flies

I’ve always felt that flies were the “currency” of our sport. We trade them, gift them, hide them, steal them, covet them. Indeed, they possess something of intrinsic value. They embody part of the very soul of the tyer. And to me, they’re far more valuable than money. I’ve been

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Traditional Tenkara Flies from Japan
Jason Klass

Traditional Flies of Western Japan

Ever since my passion for tenkara was kindled, I had the idea to somehow document the path of its “new” history as it would inevitably develop in the West. Early on, I started collecting what I saw as soon-to-be artifacts that would one day serve as markers of modern tenkara’s

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Jason Klass, Graham Moran, and Dennis Vander Houwen
Jason Klass

Denver Fly Fishing Show 2019

As I do every year, I attended the Denver Fly Fishing Show today and as it is every year, the best part about it wasn’t the gear–it was the people. I go to reconnect with fellow fly fishers I haven’t seen in a while, to trade lies, and exchange ideas.

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Jason Klass

Firehole Sticks #413 Hooks

If you follow my fly tying at all, you probably know I’m a big fan of Firehole Sticks hooks from Firehole Outdoors. I wrote a post not too long ago about their #315 and #633 competition hooks and have been using them avidly ever since. As I mentioned, they’re high

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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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