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Tenkara algler Go Ishi
Jason Klass

Interview with Go Ishi

You may not have heard of Go Ishi, but you owe him a “thank you”.  He is a Japanese tenkara angler who has quietly been the “invisible hand” opening up a great body of tenkara knowledge to the English-speaking world. Ishi-san translated the English language version of Tenkara no Oni’s

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Boulder Creek Brown Trout
Jason Klass

Boulder Creek 7/23/2013

Today was one of those days where the fishing was so good that you shun all mortal needs until your body just can’t take it anymore.  And all of a sudden, it finally hits you:  you’re starving, dehydrated, and really (really) have to go to the bathroom. I headed to

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Fishing Barbless Flies
Jason Klass

3 Reasons to Fish Barbless

For over 20 years, I’ve been fishing exclusively with barbless flies.  And not just for trout–for bass, panfish, steelhead, salmon, and even saltwater fish. In fact, even before I started fly fishing, I used to crimp down the barbs on my spoons, spinners, and crankbaits too. Why?  Three simple reasons…

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Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Free Tenkara Line Spools Right Under Our Noses

Did you know that when you buy the new  level line from Tenkara USA  you also get a free line holder?  Neither did I (and maybe they don’t either).  But since they’ve changed their packaging to include a new plastic spool design, I was curious to see if the wider diameter hole in

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A Cozumel Bonefish
Jason Klass

Confidence in Fly Selection

I just got back from a trip to Mexico where I had a chance to do a little bonefishing.  You might be wondering why I’m posting about bonefishing on my tenkara blog but strangely enough, even though fishing for bones with a saltwater rig seems like a world apart, I

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Sunline BMS Sniper Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Sunline FC Sniper BMS Line

Hello.  My name is Jason and I’m a level line addict.  So when Gary, a Tenkara Talk enabler reader offered to send me some Sunline Fluorocarbon Sniper BMS line, how could I refuse?  Even though there are already plenty of good fluorocarbon lines out there, I love to try out as

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Tenkara Centre UK Hamon Rod
Jason Klass

Tenkara Centre UK Hamon Rod

I’m no stranger to Tenkara Centre UK rods. I’ve reviewed their Masu and Seiryu rods so when I had the chance to try out their new Hamon rod, the expectations were already set. In my experience, their rods feature crisp actions and consistently high quality components. And the Hamon did

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Tenkara Growth
Jason Klass

Tenkara Has Graduated!

Every once in a while, I like to step back and take a look at the state of the tenkaraverse. This week, a couple of things in social media really made me pause and think. And I think it gave me a couple of insights into the current state of

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Takayama Sakasa Kebari Tenkara Fly
Jason Klass

Takayama Sakasa Kebari

The Takayama sakasa kebari is a classic tenkara fly that is tied in many color variations.  But basically, it’s characterized by having a thread abdomen, a peacock thorax, and forward facing hackle.  My first encounter with this fly was the red version so that’s what I chose to base my

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Tenkara Rod Glare
Jason Klass

Is your Rod Giving you Away?

Years ago, a friend of mine who had returned from a fishing trip in Tasmania told me about an unusual practice that the local anglers did there. He told me that they sanded down the blanks of their fly rods with sandpaper. My first thought was, “why on earth would

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Tenkara Times Motive Rod
Jason Klass

Tenkara Times Motive Rod

Having already tested rods from Tenkara Times such as the 1st Step and Next, I was already familiar with their quality before receiving their their Motive Rod.  In my experience, Tenkara Times makes very good rods with actions I like.  And the Motive is no exception.  Here is my review… Action The Motive is the

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Tenkara level line
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Pink Level Line

A while back, I wrote a review of Tenkara USA’s “new” yellow line.  It was supposed to have less memory and be more visible than the company’s previous level fluorocarbon lines (and it was).  But Tenkara USA recently came out with a new line of lines that is supposed 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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