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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.

Zen Outfitters braided floating tenkara line
Jason Klass

Zen Outfitters Braided Floating Tenkara Line

Get 20% off Zen Outfitters braided tenkara lines & wax! Code: TENKARATALK Ah, the age-old question: furled line or level line? Each have their pros and cons, and of course, we want all the advantages of both (without their respective disadvantages). Enter: braided level lines! Braided lines strike a balance

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dragontail ragnorak tenkara rod review
Jason Klass

DRAGONtail Tenkara Ragnarok Review

Over the last several years, DRAGONtail Tenkara has hit home run after home run with their new rod models and, in my opinion, has really become the frontrunner in American tenkara rods. It seems I can’t go on any social media site these days without seeing a smiling angler holding

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Fly tying tips and tricks
Jason Klass

Use a Seam Ripper to Cut your Fly-Tying Thread

This is a little thread cutting trick I figured out a long time ago when I was tying for a fly shop. Like so many great ideas, it was forgotten, only to be recalled after some triggering event. In this case, it was re-watching how Tenkara no Oni cut his

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Oni Tenkara School
Jason Klass

Tenkara no Oni Fly Tying Demo Video

  Over the course of the 2023 Tenkara Guides Oni School, I was fortunate to observe all sorts of Masami-san’s presentation techniques, casting styles, streamcraft rituals, and of course, his fly tying. Specifically, his famous peacock and pheasant kebari. He’ll be the first to admit that his flies aren’t works

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Standard Dry Fly Hook Size
Jason Klass

Death of the #14

In the photo below, there are five #14 hooks. Can you pick them out? If you had trouble picking them out, you wouldn’t be alone. In fact, there are actually more than five and by now, you’ve probably already figured out that this is a trick question. All of the

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Jason Klass and Tenkara no Oni
Jason Klass

My Oni Tenkara School Experience (a Photo Essay)

An Unexpected Journey …   “What the hell, why not‽” That’s as good of a reason as any for justifying a spontaneous fishing trip. It’s Mid-July and I was planning a trip to the Frying Pan the following week. But that was looking more and more like it was going

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Fujino Soft Tenkara Nylon Tapered Line - White
Jason Klass

Fujino Soft White Tenkara Nylon Tapered Line

I recently got a Fujino Soft Tenkara line from Tenkara-Ya which is exactly the same as the other Soft Tenkara Lines I own, but, it’s “white”. I was curious to know what “white” meant. Is it 100% opaque? Is it really just clear? Before I ordered, I asked Keiichi-san (owner

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How to choose a tenkara line
Jason Klass

Furled Lines vs. Level Lines for Tenkara

Every angler new to tenkara will inevitably face the age-old question: should I use a level line or a furled line? Often, it’s phrased, “which one is better?” My answer is (of course) it depends. But that answer can seem somewhat dismissive and disappointing. Instead, I thought I’d offer a

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Jason Klass and John Vetterli
Jason Klass

Episode 8: Tenkara Myths Busted!

Since tenkara came to the U.S., it attracted misconceptions like a magnet. You’ve probably heard as many as my guest John Vetterli and I have. In this episode, we go through our lists of common tenkara myths and debunk them on by one.

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Tenkara Casting Techniques
Jason Klass

One Cast, Three Presentations: the 180º Approach

You happen upon an idyllic, long stretch of water, and every inch of it looks like it would hold fish. It’s right out of a magazine–perfect trout water. But now what? Where should you cast first? What kind of presentation should you try? Upstream? Downstream? Which fly should you start

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Is tenkara really simple?
Jason Klass

“So much for tenkara being SIMPLE!”

This article is inspired by a recent post on Tenkara Angler entitled “The Unsuspecting Minimalist and a Review of Sorts” by Anthony Naples.  It was a few years ago at one of the Tenkara Summits. I was giving a tying demo and had my tools and vise laid out at

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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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