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Tenkara Tanuki Insulated Flask
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Insulated Flask

Is a travel mug an “essential” piece of fly fishing gear? It is for me. Coffee gets you going the morning of a trip, makes the long car ride seem shorter, helps you endure your fishing partner, and stimulates creativity at the tying desk. Without apology, I’m one of those

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Embroidery Thread Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

Simple Embroidery Thread Tenkara Flies

One of the drawers in my fly tying desk is labelled “Special Threads”. It’s an eclectic collection of top-secret oddball spools I’ve collected over the years and also where I keep any specialty threads such as silk, Kevlar, 17/0 Trico thread, etc.. I consider this my “inspiration” drawer because I

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Mankyu Tamo Tenkara Net
Jason Klass

Mankyu Tamo (Japanese Tenkara Net)

My first “tenkara net” was the one Daniel Galhadro (founder of Tenkara USA) gave me back in 2011. It was the original Tenkara USA tamo and for a while, was one of only a handful of authentic Japanese style nets available (at least as far as we knew). It was

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Tenkara Gear Giveaway
Jason Klass

Gadget Lover’s Giveaway: 6 Winners!

¬†Giveaway Ends Sunday March 4th, 2023 This contest has ended (The winners have been notified by email and announced on the Tenkara Talk facebook page) Countdown I’ll admit, I love gadgets! Trinkets, gizmos, widgets, doodads, doohickeys, thingamabobs, and especially thingamajigs. As fly anglers, I think we all do! After all,

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Fulling Mill Pocket Fly Box
Jason Klass

Fulling Mill Pocket Fly Box

Let me start by saying I dislike plastic fly boxes. They’re ugly. They’re garish. They have no souls. They’re not things of beauty that will be admired and prized as heirlooms or collectables like Wheatleys. But, they’re not supposed to be. They’re creatures of utter utility whose only purpose in

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DIY Tenkara Custom Rod Grip
Jason Klass

Get a Grip! Customize your Tenkara Rod’s Handle

My favorite tenkara rod and the one I use the most also happens to have the least ergonomically designed handle possible. It’s perfectly straight with no taper whatsoever. It’s an Oni Type I–an old one–back before they were mass produced like they are today. The originals were literally hand assembled

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Mohair Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

The Mohair Challenge

Not too long ago, I was sent a card of Italian Mohair by Don Lux, prominent tenkara angler and the organizer of the recent tenkara fly swap. He wanted to see what I could come up with. Mohair is a notoriously difficult material to work with. It’s slippery and doesn’t

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Denver 2023 Fly Fishing Show
Jason Klass

The 2023 Denver Fly Fishing Show

Every year, I look forward to the Denver Flyfishing Show as eagerly as an impatient kid awaits Christmas. I usually go every year but missed the last two years so I was especially excited to return and see what’s new. And I’ll spoil the ending by telling you there wasn’t

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Silk Road Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

The Silk Road Sakasa Kebari

Most of my flies tend toward darker or bolder colors: bright red, dark browns, peacock herl, etc.. And I typically tie them on black nickel hooks. I imagine it’s my subconscious clinging to an old rule I learned as a young angler: “Murky water, dark flies. Clear water, bright flies”

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Amano Kebari
Jason Klass

Classic Tenkara Flies: The Amano Kebari

If you were to put together a lineup of flies that iconically represented modern tenkara, the Amano kebari would be a sure candidate. It was invented by legendary Japanese tenkara angler Katsutoshi Amano and is the only fly he ties! Read a little more about Amano-san here. He ties it

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Winter Fly Fishing
Jason Klass

Keeping Busy During The Winter Doldrums

I love winter fishing. For the same reasons the warm-blooded amongst us do: fewer crowds, less pressure on the fish, no biting insects, and just overall quiet solitude–serenity amidst a white, Norman Rockwell blanket of snow. Of course, there are also downsides to winter fishing. Here in Colorado, many of

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Tenkara Talk Giveaway
Jason Klass

Tenkara Talk February Giveaway

Giveaway Ends Tuesday, February 28th 2023 This contest has ended Countdown Last month I wrote an article on one of my favorite little gadgets: the Higonokami Knife. Well this month, I’m giving away one brand new, authentic 100mm brass Higonokami! To enter, click below & “follow” the Tenkara Talk Facebook

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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.
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