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Tenkara Gear Companies
Jason Klass

Why Competition is Good for Tenkara

Some of you might have stumbled on to the recent tenkara litigation (maybe the first in the history of the ancient sport).  While I knew about it some time ago, I decided not to write about it for a variety of reasons.  But this case did spark an online dialogue

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Tenkara Line with amnesia strike indicator
Jason Klass

Does Tenkara Line Visibility Matter?

If you’ve been following tenkara for any length of time, you’ve probably seen some discussion on line visibility.  For traditional, furled tenkara lines, this isn’t really an issue. They’re pretty thick and are often brightly colored so they’re almost as easy to see as western fly lines.  But for the

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Tenkara in Meadow Streams
Jason Klass

How to Fish Small Meadow Streams

Small, meandering meadow streams certainly make idyllic backdrops but they pose several unique challenges for the angler. Typically, these streams are very shallow with slowly moving, crystal clear water meaning the fish can see you coming a mile away and will scatter at the slightest shadow, vibration, splash, or sound.

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Blue tenkara fly
Jason Klass

Smurfette

After reading about Chris Stewart’s blue fly challenge and receiving some of his blue yarn by happenstance, I thought it would be fun to experiment a bit with blue.  So, I came up with this pattern.  I haven’t tried it yet but I’m sure it will catch fish.  And even if

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Fishpond San Juan Chest Pack
Jason Klass

4 Simple Hacks that Improved my Chest Pack

Right out of the box, I loved my Fishpond San Juan chest pack.  I’ve had it for about 2 years now and during that time, I’ve discovered a few tricks that make this great pack even better.   1.  Added an External Tippet Dispenser I wanted a way to be

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Tenkara and fly shops don't always mix
Jason Klass

Why I don’t Support My Local Fly Shop

It’s not that I don’t want to. Believe me, I used to work in a fly shop and understand the value of having a place to gather to talk shop, exchange info on conditions and tell some good old fashioned fish stories. And, I do want to support local businesses.

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Tenkara Presentation to the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
Jason Klass

Tenkara Presentation to the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

This weekend, I gave a tenkara presentation to a group from the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers organization in Rocky Mountain National Park.  I give a fair number of tenkara presentations but this one was particularly fun! We started out on the Fall River near the alluvial fan.  I thought that would be a

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Tenkara Line Length
Jason Klass

Tenkara Line Length

If you’ve fished tenkara for any significant amount of time, at some point, you’ve probably run into a situation where you wished you had a line that was either longer or shorter than the one you had on.  But since tenkara is fixed line fishing, you can’t adjust line length

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Clear Creek Brown Trout
Jason Klass

Clear Creek 4/21/2013

I got to give my Oni rod and Tenkara USA Ayu II a workout today on clear creek again.  This time, with avid tenkara angler, Phil Echelman.  It was a great day with lots of fish caught, and some neat streamside discoveries. I actually started fishing just above tunnel #1before

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Titanium Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Titanium Tenkara Line

That’s right.  Titanium.  As in the metal.  Believe it or not, some tenkara anglers in Japan use lines made of thin titanium wire instead of fluorocarbon or nylon.  This might seem strange, but titanium lines have some interesting properties that give them some distinct advantages.  I recently got to try

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Tenkara Memes
Jason Klass

Tenkara Memes Round 2

My first post on tenkara memes didn’t quite satiate my sense of the absurd, so I decided to create a few more.  Whether they make you roll your eyes or bring a smile to your face, I hope they at least bring some levity to your Monday…

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My First Fish on the Tenkara no Oni Rod
Jason Klass

Clear Creek 4/6/2013 & Oni Rod Field Test

A few posts ago, I wrote about my initial impressions of the Tenkara no Oni rod and this weekend, I finally got a chance to give it a workout on Clear Creek outside of Golden, CO.  Not only was the fishing great, but my field test confirmed a lot of

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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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