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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.

Jason Klass

Stream Cred

More years ago than I care to admit, I worked in a fly shop that catered to a pretty mixed bag of characters. On any given day, anyone from Barbour-clad Bogdan reel collectors, to redneck bait chuckers could walk through the door. It was during a time I consider to

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Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Mismatching the Hatch

As a beginning fly tier, one concept was thoroughly drilled into my brain by the cronies at the local fly shop: match the hatch. The “goal” of fly tying was to imitate specific species of insects and the more realistic the fly was, the better it was. It made perfect

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Tenkara Centre UK Hayase Rod
Jason Klass

Tenkara Centre UK Hayase

Tenkara Centre UK just released a new tenkara rod named the Hayase (which means “swift current” in Japanese). The new rod is the flagship premium rod in the company’s lineup and in addition to being constructed of higher modulus graphite for added strength and accuracy, also features some hardware upgrades

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tenkara no oni rod specs and prices
Jason Klass

New Oni Rods Specs & Prices

I just got an email from Team Oni with the specs for the new 2014 Oni rods! There are three models with different actions designed for advanced casters, beginners, and even children. The big news is this year, there is a dramatic reduction in price. The top end rods are

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Jason Klass

Tenkara Memes, Round 3

It’s time for a third round of tenkara memes. In case you missed them, the first one was here and the second one was here.  Just having a little fun and hope you get a chuckle out of them.

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Tenkara-Rod-Action
Jason Klass

The False Casting Fallacy

Whether out of habit carried over from a fly fishing background, or from some ill-gotten advice, I tend to see a lot more false casting being used by tenkara anglers than I would expect. False casting is necessary in conventional fly fishing because you need to shoot line. So, you

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Maribou Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Maribou-bodied Sakasa Kebari

The more I fish tenkara the more I’m starting to think about flies in terms of “paradigms” rather than “recipes”. Instead of specific patterns like an Oki Kebari or Takayama Kebari, I’m starting to think more in terms of the general characteristics a fly has such as movement, silhouette, attention point,

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Scientific Anglers Freshwater Tippet
Jason Klass

Scientific Anglers Freshwater Tippet

I’ve been using Rio Powerflex tippet for years and have been pretty happy with it. So, I didn’t really feel the need to shop around for a new tippet. But then I saw the freshwater tippet from Scientific Anglers and was intrigued–not by the tippet material itself, but by the

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Tenkara Line Dressing
Jason Klass

Otter Butter Line Dressing

While there are a few companies out there that offer floating tenkara lines such as RIGS Adventure Company and Zen Outfitters,  sometimes, you just have your favorite line that you wish would float. The Eclectic Angler (the same company that brought us 3D-printed line spools) recently released a product called Otter

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Furled Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Zen Outfitters Tenkara Lines

I’ve been testing some furled tenkara lines from Zen Outfitters. I’m really a level-line guy, but these seemed interesting to me so I thought they were worth a look. The first thing you should know about their lines is that they’re made of UNI thread (the same thread used to

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Theo Bakelaar tenkara fishing
Jason Klass

Theo Bakelaar Talks Tenkara

If you’re an American angler and love bead head flies, you have one man to thank: Theo Bakelaar. While bead head flies have been fished in Italy for as long as 100 years, Theo was the first person to introduce them to the United States, earning him the nickname “Mr.

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3D Printed Tenkara Line Spools
Jason Klass

3D Printed Tenkara Line Spools

Another sign that tenkara is continuing to grow–we now have 3D printed line spools! Michael Hackney of The Eclectic Angler has been taking advantage of the latest in 3D printing technology to produce some really interesting tenkara line spools. Specs Diameter: about 50mm/slightly less than 2″ Center hole diameter: 20mm/.78″

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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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