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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.

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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Tenkara Bum 36 Rod by Suntech
Jason Klass

[Video] How to Reduce Arm Fatigue When Casting

I see a lot of photos on the internet of people casting tenkara with their arm fully extended.  While it might seem like a good idea at the time to gain a little extra reach, it can actually be detrimental to your presentation, and on stream stamina.  The better alternative

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Bear Grylls Tenkara
Jason Klass

Tenkara Memes

Ah, memes. Those ironic, sarcastic, or  dichotomous pictures with allegedly clever slogans overlaid upon them, or the over-the-top videos (think Gangnam style) that go viral overnight are all the rage right now. They dominate social media these says. I happened to see one related to tenkara today and thought, “why not

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Tenkara Rod Rating System
Jason Klass

A Better Tenkara Rod Rating System

For as long as I can remember, describing fly rod action has always been problematic. The typical adjectives used such as “fast”, “medium” and “slow” are not only inadequate, but also subjective. What does “fast” mean? And does it mean the same thing to you as it does to me?

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Tenkara USA Ayu Series II
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Ayu Series II

When I first heard Tenkara USA was redesigning their Ayu rod, it was a little disconcerting. I’ve seen it too many times before: a company has an excellent product—one that everybody likes. Then, they redesign it and it becomes pedestrian. I’m not sure what leads gear companies to do this

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Tenkara on fly fishong only water
Jason Klass

Why Tenkara Should be Legal on “Flyfishing Only” Waters

Ever since tenkara was introduced to the U.S., there has been quite a bit of discussion on whether or not it is legal on designated “fly fishing only” waters.  There seems to be quite a bit of confusion over interpretation of the law–even among govenrment officials since the legal definition

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Jason Borger on Tenkara
Jason Klass

Jason Borger on Tenkara

At this year’s Denver Fly Fishing Show, I caught up with Gary Borger after one of his presentations.  I asked him if he had tried tenkara.  He hadn’t, but told me that his son, Jason, had done quite a bit of tenkara.  So, I took Gary over to the Tenkara USA booth, let him

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Yamatoyo Tenkara Level Line
Jason Klass

Yamatoyo Tenkara Level Line

I recently had a chance to field test the new Yamatoyo level lines available from Tenkara Times.  There has been a proliferation of fluorocarbon lines on the market over the last few years–especially good ones. And this line is no exception. When the new yellow level lines came out from Tenkara USA,

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Jason Klass

New Tenkara Book by April 2013!

David Dirks had a great idea for a book: put together a list of tenkara topics and get a range of tenkara anglers to give their opinions on them. And that’s exactly what the soon-to-be-released Tenkara Fly Fishing: Insights & Strategies is. You’ll recognize a lot of the names in

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Tenkara Marketing
Jason Klass

Marketing from Heaven

Over the last few years, I’ve read some pretty harsh criticism on the marketing of Tenkara. I find this curious because all of us are surrounded by marketing in nearly every aspect of our everyday lives, yet those same critics don’t seem to complain about it (at least not with

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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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