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Clear Creek
Jason Klass

After the Flood

I took the day off from work today to hit Clear Creek thinking the water levels might have come down a little since I was there last weekend.  Nope. Still running high, but fishable.  I also wanted to check out what condition the recent flooding had left the stream in.

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Jason Klass

Release the Bracken!

I haven’t tied a lot of tenkara flies with yarn bodies but Chris Stewart of Tenkara Bum certainly has.  In fact, he’s inspired a whole subculture of yarners with his recent blue fly challenge.  Chris sent me some samples of some of the yarns he sells and I can immediately

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Orvis Silver Sonic Waders
Jason Klass

Orvis Silver Sonic Convertible Waders

For my birthday my wife surprised me with new waders!  But not just any waders.  The new Silver Sonic Convertibles from Orvis! These new waders feature Orvis’s patented SonicSeam Technology.  Most waders are sewn together with traditional stitching (i.e. a needle and thread). This creates holes in the fabric that

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Fly Tying Tool Organizer
Jason Klass

Little Village Fly Tying Tool Caddy

  Probably like many of you, I don’t have nearly as much time to tie flies as I’d like.  But when I can sneak in those precious few minutes to lash some feathers and fur to a hook, I like it to be organized so I can maximize my time–whether

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Tenkara Rods
Jason Klass

Any Rod, Any Line, & Any Fly?

In tenkara, a fairly esoteric group of anglers subscribe to the “one fly” approach where they strictly fish only one specific pattern (or slight variations of the same pattern).  A  larger group adheres to the more liberal “any fly” approach, meaning that they don’t necessarily restrict themselves to one particular

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Tenkara Times Try 390
Jason Klass

Tenkara Times Try 390 7:3 Rod

Right out of the box, I knew the new Try 390 rod from Tenkara Times was a winner.  For one thing, I’ve reviewed several of their rods already and upon initial inspection, the overall quality seemed in keeping with the attention to detail and consistency I’ve come to expect from

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Braided Tenkara Level Line
Jason Klass

Braided Nylon Level Line for Tenkara

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about using Cortland braided nylon level line for tenkara. I liked how it cast in my backyard, but hand’t had it on the water. That is, until today. And the verdict is in… While it seemed to be a pretty a good

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Tenkara Spring Creek Fishing
Jason Klass

One Fly is Better than Two

I just had an interesting exchange with a friend who is heading down to the San Juan River soon.  He told me about how he was planning to fish a tandem rig with the river’s namesake pattern (the San Juan Worm) and a beadhead dropper.  I relayed the story of

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Bamboo Tenkara Rod Case
Jason Klass

Bamboo Tenkara Rod Cases

Over the last four years, I’ve seen a lot of good tenkara products introduced to the market.  Good, but not unique. There’s been somewhat of a homogenization in the offerings of new gear companies flooding the market with “good” but almost carbon copies of rods and other gear that already

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Tenkara Anglers
Jason Klass

10 Things Tenkara Anglers Never Say

You might have seen my video about S**t tenkara anglers say.  But here are a few things they never say… 1.  Damn it!  I forgot my reel! 2.  I stepped on my line right as I was about to make the perfect cast! 3.  I hope I have enough backing.

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Tenkara Rod Co. Rods
Jason Klass

Tenkara Rod Co. Kickstarter Project

Further proof that tenkara is steadily growing, a new online retailer is about to enter the market. Tenkara Rod Co. has just launched a Kickstarter project to get their new line of tenkara rods off the ground. And based on their backing so far, it looks promising. Tenkara Rod Co.

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Cortland Braided Mono Running Line for Tenkara
Jason Klass

Cortland Braided Mono Running Line for Tenkara

While there are plenty of tenkara lines I really like, when the opportunity presents itself, I will always jump at the chance to try out something new.   I’ve cast everything from dental floss to dacron in search of the perfect line, and have always found myself coming back to

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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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