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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.

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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Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

RIGS Updates their Nymph & Floating Tenkara Lines for 2014

When RIGS fly shop introduced their floating tenkara line and tenkara nymph line last year, they answered the prayers of many tenkara anglers who fish outside the “tenkara box” that were craving specialty lines.  The floating line made from an actual PVC running line (same stuff your regular fly lines

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Tenkara rod grip
Jason Klass

Tenkara Rod Grip & Sensitivity

There’s a healthy online debate on fixed-line rods that have a cork grip vs. no grip (essentially, a flared extension of the blank).  I prefer cork grips because they’re just more comfortable to me. Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with weight for me. Rods without grips

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Suzumi Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

The Tenkara Rod Action Problem

I was talking to a tenkara gear designer the other day about the problem of trying to accurately describe rod action. The conversation was especially interesting to me because this is a problem I face every time I write a tenkara rod review (and one I’ve often been criticized for). Part of

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Tenkara no Oni Rod
Jason Klass

Where are the Purple Cows?

In his book Purple Cow, Seth Godin wrote the following: While driving through France a few years ago, my family and I were enchanted by the hundreds of storybook cows grazing in lovely pastures right next to the road. For dozens of kilometers, we all gazed out the window, marveling

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Tenkara Rod Co. Sawtooth & Teton
Jason Klass

Tenkara Rod Co. Sawtooth & Teton

Ever since Tenkara Rod Company launched their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, I’ve been eager to get their rods on the water.  Today, I finally got the chance to field test their two initial rod offerings:  the Sawtooth and the Teton.  Here is my side-by-side comparison from unboxing to stream. The

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Silk Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Silk Tenkara Line

The first thing I think of when I hear “silk fly line” is bamboo. Some say that there is no smoother combination than a bamboo rod and silk line. And since the action of tenkara rods is often compared to bamboo, it would seem like silk and tenkara would go

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Jason Klass

Show us your Gear Room, Win some Flies!

In my last post, I put up some pictures of my tenkara office.  Shortly after, fellow tenkara angler and Holga Master Brian Schiele suggested that it would be fun to see pictures of how other tenkara anglers store their gear or where they tie their flies.  I agreed, and thought it

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Tenkara Office
Jason Klass

My Tenkara Office

“Man cave”, “gear room”, “fishing room”, “sanctuary”…no matter what you call it, we all have our special little corners of the world where we gather our gear, come up with new creations, or just generally meditate on our sport (even if it’s just a corner of the garage).  This is

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Why you shouldn't clip hackle
Jason Klass

Clipped Hackle: End the Madness!

It happens everyday.  A perfectly good fly is mercilessly mutilated by trimming down its hackle, leaving nothing but horrific, ungodly stumps of barbules.  These poor victims are scarred for life and nothing can reintegrate them back into mainstream fly box culture.  They become the “untouchables” of their fly box compartments.

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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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