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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.

Tenkara Sling Pack
Jason Klass

Esoteric Tackle Tenkara Sling Pack

Sling packs have become all the rage in fly fishing over the last few years–and for good reason. They’re light, compact, versatile, and offer a unique hybrid alternative to wearing both a backpack and a fly fishing vest without sacrificing the convenience and functionality of either. And the intrinsic ethos

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Wooden tenkara line spools
Jason Klass

Tenkara Path Line Spools

One of my closest friends and favorite fishing partners, Dennis Vander Houwen from Tenkara Path paid me a visit to show me some his latest wooden tenkara line spool designs. Dennis is a magician by trade, but he’s also a magician at the lathe–creating some of the most innovative and

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Tenkara Civil War
Jason Klass

Let’s End the Tenkara Civil War!

I’ve had a good talk with several veteran tenkara anglers and here are some of my thoughts on the current state of the tenkaraverse. I think we all really need to stick together and realize that even though the sport has grown, we’re still a niche within a niche, within

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Discover Tenkara Karasu
Jason Klass

Discover Tenkara Karasu Rod

Back when I started tenkara fishing, there were really only a handful of rods available in the U.S. It was easy to differentiate them because there just weren’t that many choices. And it was nearly impossible to get rods directly from Japan because of the exorbitant prices, slow shipping times,

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tenkara floating line
Jason Klass

Zen Tenkara Floating Line

A few weeks ago, I met up with Karin Miller from Zen Flyfishing and she let me try out her new floating line along the banks of the Fall River in Estes Park, CO. I pretty much exclusively fish level fluorocarbon lines; however, there are situations in which I find

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Zen Tenkara line spool
Jason Klass

Zen Fly Fishing 3-in-1 Tenkara Spoolbox

Over the long holiday weekend, I was able to catch up with my friend Karin Miller of Zen Flyfishing and got my hands on their new tenkara spoolbox. This is a really innovative piece of gear that is as beautiful as it is function. It’s basically a round wooden box

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Brian Lindsay Kebari
Jason Klass

Brian Lindsay on Kebari Fly Design

This 4th of July Weekend, I had the pleasure of having a guest at my house who is a tour de force in tenkara–Brian Lindsay. Brian is an avid tenkara fisher and tyer with a unique perspective on fly design. Here’s a quick video about his philosophy on tying that

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Tenkara Hat
Jason Klass

Tenkara Hat Contest

In the world of fishing, there is perhaps nothing more totemistic and sacrosanct as the fishing hat. Forget all your other gear. We all know that your lucky hat is truly the one thing responsible for having a successful day on the river. It’s your best friend. It’s familiar. You’ve

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Tenkara Book
Jason Klass

Tenkara–the Book

Several years ago, when Daniel Galhardo from Tenkara USA told me he was in the process of writing a book on tenkara, I was excited. At that time, there really wasn’t anything in print in English on tenkara and there was very limited information online (compared to today). Since then, a

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tenkara
Jason Klass

6 Things That Will Frustrate You About Tenkara (And What To Do About It)

Whether it’s a job, hobby, or mandated endeavor, starting anything new can be frustrating. Everything’s different, strange, unfamiliar. And even if you genuinely want to do it in your mind, there can be roadblocks that make you question your now seemingly idealistic intentions. Tenkara is no exception. When I first

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Jason Klass

The Newest Member of the OWAA

Between this blog and my previous blog, Gear Talk, I’ve written nearly 1,000 articles on backpacking, snowshoeing, fly fishing, and tenkara. It’s hard to believe looking back, but I consider it an accomplishment. For many years, I was pretty much writing in isolation–just doing my own thing and not really

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Daniel Galhardo and Jason Klass
Jason Klass

2017 Denver Fly Fishing Show

I just got back from my annual pilgrimage to the Denver Flyfishing Show. I think I haven’t missed one since I moved to Colorado over 15 years ago, and this year didn’t disappoint. Most of the usual suspects were there, but there were a few new faces that you’ll recognize from

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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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