Tenkara Blog

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.

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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Traditional Tenkara Horse Tail Line
Jason Klass

Traditional Horse Tail Tenkara Line (Basu)

When it comes to lines, perhaps nothing is more iconic of tradition than the horse tail line. To me, its mere mention conjures images of picture-perfect days and buttery smooth casts to discerning trout worthy of a presentation with such classic tackle. In 2011, I made a few of my

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Tenkara Tanuki Barebones Nymphing Rod
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Barebones Nymphing Pro Rod

At the 2023 Denver Fly Fishing Show, I got to see some of the newer Tenkara Tanuki models in person. I recently wrote about the Headwaters 240, but the other one I was curious about was the Barebones Nymphing Rod (mostly because I wanted to see exactly what earned it

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Tenkara Wading Belt System
Jason Klass

My New EDC: The Fishpond South Fork Wading Belt

Since the day I first picked up a fly rod, I’ve been trying to figure out the ideal way to carry my gear. Like many, I’ve run through the gamut of vests, hip packs, chest packs, sling packs … you get it. In recent years, I’ve been using a kind

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Kura-san Wooden Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Kura-san’s Wooden Tenkara Line Spool

Anyone who spends 5 minutes scanning my site would probably diagnose me with a mild case of a wooden tackle fetish: fly boxes, tying tools, line spools–basically, if it’s wood it’s good. I normally write about and carry wooden spools made by my friend Dennis from Tenkara Path. His designs

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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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