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Tenkara Pyrenees Line Spool
Jason Klass

Tenkara Pyrenees Line Spools

Most tenkara line spools I’ve tried have been either plastic or wood, so I was intrigued when I saw the spools from Tenkara Pyrenees that are made entirely of cork. I liked the idea since a.) it’s unique, b.) it floats, and c.) the entire spool is made from a material that

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Wooden Tenkara Fly Box
Jason Klass

Unique Tenkara Fly Box

When I was 15, I got my first fly box. I can’t recall exactly what it was, but I remember it being just a cheap plastic box from K-mart (probably a Plano). Back then, I was too preoccupied with learning how to cast and the basics of fly fishing to

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Chris Stewart - The Tenkara Bum
Jason Klass

Interview with Chris Stewart

You won’t get far in your research on tenkara without coming across the Tenkara Bum website.  It’s one of the best resources for learning about tenkara and one of the most popular online stores with a wide range of gear. But many might not know much about the man behind it. Chris

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Wooden Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Zen Flyfishing Gear Wood Tenkara Line Spool

I’ve always been drawn to unique gear and have a special penchant for interesting tenkara line holders. I have a wooden line spool that I got at the Tenkara Summit that was handmade by Dr. Ishigaki’s friend. It’s gorgeous (see it here) but there’s one small drawback. The hole in

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Tenkara Magazine
Jason Klass

Tenkara Magazine

In case you missed the memo, the world’s first tenkara-only magazine is here! Created by Tenkara USA, the magazine is a very high quality 112-page publication featuring well-written articles and great photography from a lot of names you’ll recognize if you’ve been fishing tenkara for any significant amount of time.

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Tenkara USA Sato & Rhodo Tenkara Rods
Jason Klass

Sato & Rhodo Rods from Tenkara USA

Tenkara USA has just released two new rods that are a complete departure from any design they’ve done in the past. So much so, that when I first laid eyes on them after opening the package, I had to double check the sender’s address to make sure they weren’t from

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Tenkara Podcast
Jason Klass

Tenkara Podcast

I was recently interviewed about tenkara by Joel Ede of Kings Canyon Outdoors. If you’re an experienced tenkara angler, you might not hear a lot of new information but beginners will probably learn a few things. Regardless, it was a great conversation and will hopefully help spread the word about

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Titanium Tenkara Lines
Jason Klass

Titanium Lines from Tenkara Times

Say that 10 times fast! A while ago, I wrote a post about a titanium line I got from Tenkara Times (click here for that review). In case you missed the memo, titanium lines slice through wind like a lightsaber through butter making them an excellent choice when the gales

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Sewing Thread for Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

Sewing Thread Tenkara Flies

When I started tenkara and first learned that many tenkara flies were tied with sewing thread, I was appalled. I mean, anything other than 8/0 Uni thread was sacrilege! And sewing thread was just plain crude. This was mostly because I was used to tying more complicated flies where sewing

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Fur-hackled sakasa kebari
Jason Klass

Fur-hackled Sakasa Kebari

One of the main reasons the sakasa kebari style fly is so effective is because the hackle moves underwater making it look alive (click here for an underwater video to see one in action). Like most flies, tiers use feathers for the hackle on their sakasa kebari. This is because

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Jason Klass

Colorado: The Epicenter of Tenkara in the West?

The other day, I was wondering where tenkara was most popular outside of Japan. I had a few suspicions and did some quick research on Google Trends to see if I could get any insights. What I found wasn’t shocking, but I must say I was pleased. According to Google

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Tenkara Line System
Jason Klass

Snap-on Tenkara Line Holders

In 2010, I introduced an on-the-rod tenkara line management system using EZ Keepers. At the time, I was really only trying to come up with a line storage solution for myself. But three years later, I now see pictures of people using EZ Keepers on their tenkara rods all over

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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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