Tenkara Blog

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.

Tactical Tenkara Nymph Line
Jason Klass

Tactical Tenkara Nymph Line

I was recently contacted by my friend and veteren tenkara angler Paul Vertrees who told me about a new tenkara line he was developing with Royal Gorge Anglers. He offered to send me one to try and of course I accepted because I love to try out new gear, but

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Tenkara Tanuki Snow 325
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Snow 325 Rod

Ever since the 2017 Denver Fly Fishing Show when I first cast a Tanuki rod, I’ve wanted one. Though I had corresponded with the company’s owner, Luong Tam, over the years, it was the first time we’d met in person and I got a glimpse into his unique and sharply

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How to Attach Any Line to a Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

How to Tie ANY Line to a Tenkara Rod

As tenkara anglers, we like to push the boundaries and experiment with different techniques and tackle. One area of our sport that particularly lends itself to R & D is using unconventional materials for lines. While early lines may have been constructed of furled or braided horse tail or silk,

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Temperature & trout
Jason Klass

Trout & Temperature

When your fishing partner catches the first fish of the day, the inevitable question is, “what did you catch him on?”  It’s as if the fly were the ultimate “magic” factor in catching the fish. And, in fact, we all kind of place that faith in the fly … don’t

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Dragontail Nirvana 400 Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

DRAGONtail Nirvana 400 Tenkara Rod

I recently had a chance to try out the newly designed NIRVANA 400 tenkara rod from DRAGONtail Tenkara and have nothing but good things to say about it. I’ve known the company and its owner, Brent Auger, for several years now and have always been impressed by how they’ve consistently

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DIYFly Desiccant
Jason Klass

DIY Fly Desiccant

I recently wrote a post about how to make your own DIY fly drying patch. And it works great if you want to switch out soggy flies for fresh ones or just want to dry out your flies before you retire them to the box. But, what do you do

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Free Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

Win Free Tenkara Flies!

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DIY Fly Patch
Jason Klass

A DIY Fly Drying Patch

Whether you need to swap out a waterlogged dry fly for a fresh one or are just switching patterns altogether, it’s never a good idea to put a wet fly back in your box. To avoid rusting the other flies in your fly box and to allow them to dry

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Combination Midge and Blu Winged Olive Fly
Jason Klass

Jason’s Molive

Midge and blue-winged olive hatches often coincide and two fish in adjacent feeding lanes could be keyed in on one or the other. So why not fish a fly that covers both? The Molive (“midge” + “olive”) is a crossover pattern that can be fished during such hatches and can

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Tenkara Casting vs. Western Fly Fishing
Jason Klass

Western vs. Tenkara: Presentation Efficiency

Many fly anglers spend more time with their fly in the air than in the water. Tenkara forgoes all the false casting, shooting line, and line management usually required when fishing with a rod and reel, and keeps your fly in the water more–where the fish are!

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San Juan River, New Mexico
Jason Klass

Tenkara on the San Juan River

Twelve years. That’s how long it had been since my friend Randy and I fished the San Juan together. He had been there a few years ago and we fished together in Colorado since then, but we were overdue for joint venture. So when he first mentioned reuniting on the

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Tenkara Fishing
Jason Klass

How to Avoid Wind Drag in Tenkara Presentations

A common concern in tenkara (and a valid one) is casting in the wind. Of course, there are ways to mitigate this and there’s been much discussion on the topic: adjust your casting stroke, use a heavier line, use the blow line technique, use a titanium tenkara line, etc. But

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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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