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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.

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

Hook Sizes are Meaningless

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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How to balance a tenkara rod
Jason Klass

How to Counterbalance your Tenkara Rod

A Scandal in Tenkara … Years ago, there was something of a controversy in the tenkara community. There were some who accused suggested that Oni rods were counterbalanced in the butt end of the rod and that’s why they felt so impossibly light in the hand. It seemed to be

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Tenkara T-Shirt
Jason Klass

NEW! The “Trout & Char of Japan” T-shirt Series

    They’re here! 3 designs, 8 colors! I’m excited to announce that the t-shirts I’ve been teasing you with for months are finally in the Etsy Shop! Unlike most of the tenkara shirts out there, these are truly unique and real pieces of art! I commissioned outdoor artist Ryan

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Tenkara Wading Belt System
Jason Klass

Beltpacking! A Smart Way to Carry your Gear

 Over the years, my fly fishing carry system has evolved through a series of mutations. I’ve tried everything: vests, vest packs, chest packs, waist packs, hip packs, sling packs, backpacks, flapjacks, minimalism, maximalism, antidisestablishmentarianism–you name it. They were all adequate. But the combined addictions to tackle and curiosity compel

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Tenkara USA Cast-Lite Rain Jacket
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Fly-Weight Rain Jacket

  In my book, a good rain jacket is an essential piece of gear. Here in the Rockies, a thunderstorm can come out of the blue and either ruin or make your day (depending on if you’re prepared or not). We all know some of the best fishing is in

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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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