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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.

Winter tenkara flies
Jason Klass

10 Good Flies for Winter Fly Fishing

In winter, trout switch into a different mode from the warmer months of the year. And, you can’t blame them. After all, food is scarce, and their metabolism significantly slows down. This means two important things for the angler: 1. They will be more lethargic to conserve energy which changes

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Lighter Bro
Jason Klass

Turn your Bic into a Swiss Army Knife

My friend Graham of Tenkara Grasshopper recently wrote a post on Facebook asking for feedback on which topics people might like to see him blog about. Someone suggested an interesting idea: non-fishing gear for fishing. I try to keep this blog pretty tightly focused on fishing gear (and even moreso

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The Felt Sole Debate
Jason Klass

Guest Post: Sara Golden on Felt-soled Waders

In my second ever guest post on this blog, I am proud to publish Sara Golden’s insightful response to a comment I recently made about the debate regarding the ethics of wearing felt-soled wading boots. Sara is an avid fly fisher based in Oregon and currently travelling Europe, exploring what

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FC Crackleback Fly
Jason Klass

The Crackleback Fly

Although I mostly fish sakasa kebari now, every once in a while, I rediscover a pattern from my pre-tenkara days that I think is perfect for tenkara in its ethos. I recently remembered a somewhat esoteric one I used to consider a staple when I was only western fly fishing: the FC

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Compass 360 Waders
Jason Klass

Compass 360 Hip Waders

When you’ve been married to a sport for over 25 years, you develop a love/hate relationship with certain things. There are plenty of things I love about fly fishing, but there’s one thing I’ve always hated: waders. For the last few years, I’ve been using Orvis Silver Sonic breathable waders.

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Kado-san's Christmas Kebari
Jason Klass

Guest Post: Kado-san’s Christmas Kebari

Today, I’m excited to publish the first ever guest post on Tenkara Talk! For years, I’ve resisted the idea, but reconsidered after being sent this very interesting article by Isaac Tait of Fallfish Tenkara, AKA, “Aki Sakana” or “Fallfish Demon”. Isaac has a unique perspective on tenkara as an American

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tenkara-shin-guards1
Jason Klass

Things that go “bump” on the stream

A few years ago, I remember seeing a curious piece of gear worn by iconic some Japanese tenkara anglers (including Dr. Ishigaki): knee and shin guards. Basically, they were black neoprene “leggings” worn over waders that had padded knees and were secured with Velcro straps. I had never seen anything

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Strooan Zoom Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

Esoteric Tackle Strooan Zoom Tenkara Rod

Zoom rods are becoming more and more popular in tenkara these days due to their versatility and their ability to “dial in” the action to one’s liking. They’re versatile because they can adjust from one to two or three different lengths allowing you to reign in the rod tip in

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Tenkara Fishing Wallet
Jason Klass

My Fishing Wallet

A “fishing” wallet? Yes, a fishing wallet. And it’s not a metaphor for an arsenal of techniques or secrets I carry on the stream or anything more interesting like that. I’m talking about an actual, mundane, physical wallet. For years, I’ve kept a dedicated wallet in my kit to carry

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Tenkara times 300Z
Jason Klass

Tenkara Times WaterShed 300Z rod

I come from a place where tight streams are the norm and fighting against riparian vegetation is just something you accept. But since I’ve moved to Colorado (15 years ago), that hasn’t really been a challenge for me. There are plenty of streams that offer you all the casting space

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DIY Fly Floatant Bottle
Jason Klass

A Better Fly Floatant Bottle?

Even though in the last few years I’ve almost exclusively fished subsurface flies like sakasa kebari since adopting tenkara for trout, during the course of my overall fly fishing career, I’ve probably used gallons of fly floatant on dry flies; mostly paste such as Loon’s Aquel. And while it’s effective, I’ve never

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Colorado Tenkara Club
Jason Klass

The Colorado Tenkara Club

When I first started tenkara back in 2009, almost all interaction with fellow tenkara anglers was online–a handful of blogs, a few Facebook groups, and half a handful of Twitter posts. But there weren’t really any venues to physically connect early adopters from the web in person. That all changed

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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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