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Tenkara Rod Tubes
Jason Klass

The Great Tube Debate

Some tenkara rods come with a rod tube, and some don’t. Some anglers are hardcore tubers, some throw caution to the wind, and some are in between (like me).  An included rod tube is a nice touch, but whenever someone laments the fact that a particular rod model doesn’t come

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Tenkara no Oni Rod
Jason Klass

Oni Tenkara Rod – Initial Review

After several months of patiently waiting, my Oni tenkara rod has finally arrived!  For those of you who don’t know what an “Oni” rod is, it’s the rod designed and used by Masami Sakakibara (a.k.a. “Tenkara no Oni”), who is widely considered to be the best tenkara caster in the

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Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder
Jason Klass

Traditional Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder

While I certainly appreciate the advances in technology that have allowed us to have high-performance fishing gear, I have always also had a fondess for rustic, traditional gear. There’s something special about traditional, handmade gear that I just can’t resist. It could be nostalgia, but I think for me, it’s

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Attractor Flies
Jason Klass

Attractor Flies: Imitators in Disguise

“It doesn’t imitate anything”. That’s the response the 15-year old me got from a fly shop guy when I asked what a Royal Wulff was supposed to imitate. As a young fly angler, I was slowly learning entomology and trying to match up the different insect species with their feathered

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Bamboo Tenkara Fly Box
Jason Klass

Bamboo Fly Boxes from Tenkara Fly Shop

I just got a package in the mail from Tenkara Fly Shop and am so excited that I couldn’t wait to share it with you!  If you want to see some of the coolest, most minimalistic, gorgeous fly boxes, read on…   Bamboo & Cedar Fly box   The first

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tenkara sake
Jason Klass

The Tenkara Drinking Game

I’m sure we all could use some levity lately so…take a shot every time…   A tenkara angler refers to a fly rod & reel as a “western” rod. Owl Jones refers to tenkara as “cane pole fishing”. There is a reported Tenkara Sasquatch sighting. Someone posts another post on

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Jason Klass

Oki Sakasa Kebari

Many of the streams tenkara anglers fish in Japan are fast flowing mountain streams.  In those streams, fish have very little time to “inspect” food.  If they hesitate, it’s gone–lost to the swift current or a competitor.  A good fly for these conditions is a larger, easy-to-spot fly like the

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Tenkara Fisher T-shirt
Jason Klass

Tenkara T-shirt!

I just got my new T-shirt from Adam Trahan over at Tenkara Fisher.  It’s beautiful and will make a great addition to my growing tenkara T-shirt collection along with my four Tenkara USA shirts and Tenkara Talk shirt.   The back features “tenkara” written in katakana with an amago, brook trout,

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Traditional vs. Modern Tenkara
Jason Klass

How Traditional is Modern Tenkara?

“Traditional Japanese Fly Fishing”. That’s the tag line of this site. But lately, I’ve been wondering how accurate that line really is. In terms of the tackle we use, there seems to be nothing that is really “traditional” about it. Early tenkara anglers fished with bamboo rods, lines, and hooks

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Silk Merchant Soft Hackle
Jason Klass

The Silk Merchant Soft Hackle

Silk bead cord–it’s not just for eyeless flies anymore! Silk bead cord is a popular material to form the loops on eyeless tenkara flies. But did you know it can also be used as a body material? Many classic soft hackle patterns use silk floss for the body. It sure

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Jason Klass

10 Things to Do When you Can’t Go Fishing

As I sit here looking at the aftermath of the recent snowstorm through my office window, I’m reminded of the cruel joke nature sometimes plays on anglers:  the thwarting of fishing plans.  You know, those days where you could go fishing, but the rivers are frozen over, or blown out.

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Owner Hera Susuke Hooks
Jason Klass

Owner Hera Sasuke Hooks

I recently posted pictures of some tenkara hooks I got from a friend in Japan.  I finally had a chance to tie with one, the Owner Hera Sasuke and just wanted to briefly share my thoughts on it. The Hera Sasuke is both eyeless and barbless (which is not easy

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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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