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Tenkara hooks from Japan
Jason Klass

Hooks from Japan!

Today, I got the best piece of mail I’ve gotten in a long time.  Japanese tenkara angler Hiroyuki Hasegawa (known as @kebarer on Twitter and Che Kebarer on Pinterest) sent me a great assortment of Gamakatsu and Owner hooks, plus a few surprises… Hiroyuki and I exchange a lot of

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Tenkara vs. Cane Pole Fishing
Jason Klass

Tenkara vs. Cane Pole Fishing

Tenkara Rod:  Long telescopic rod with tapers specifically designed to cast a light line without weight Line:  Level fluorocarbon or tapered furled nylon monofilament, thread, fluorocarbon, or horsehair. Terminal Tackle:  None Lure:  Artificial fly Delivery:  Overhand cast, bow & arrow cast, roll cast, side arm cast, steeple cast, etc. (Same

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Me test casting prototype lines in my backyard
Jason Klass

Fishing without Water

There’s an interesting phenomenon I’ve observed on many social media fishing sites.  It basically goes something like this:  Someone posts an idea.  Maybe it’s a new fly tying technique, a DIY project, a new way of rigging, etc.  Someone else responds to it saying that it’s too complicated, or takes

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Tenkaara Lilian
Jason Klass

To Knot or not to Knot?

A reader recently asked me about the stopper knots on the ends of lilians (those red cords at the end of a tenkara rod where you attach the line). He said that some of the rods he purchased came with a knot and some didn’t. The question was if a

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Killer Kebari
Jason Klass

Killer Bugs by Paul Vertrees

I came home from this year’s Fly Fishing Show with a few flies from Paul Vertrees and thought they were good ties so wanted to share a few pictures. For those of you who don’t know Paul, he is the tenkara guide for Rigs Fly Shop in Ridgeway (the first

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Tenkara Line Marking System
Jason Klass

A Simple System for Marking & Identifying Tenkara Level Lines

If you’re anything like me, you’ve accumulated a bunch of level lines that live in anonymity.  You’ve long forgotten the size and have no idea what the length is.  And they all start to look the same after a while. Rather than getting the micrometer and measuring tape out every

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Tenkara USA Strap Pack Front
Jason Klass

The Tenkara Strap Pack

Tenkara USA recently introduced their first minimalist fishing pack and I got one this weekend at the Denver Fly Fishing Show.  Here is a brief review… The pack immediately reminded me in many ways of a UL pack I designed years ago called the Trico.  It’s compact, lightweight, and designed

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Tenkara
Jason Klass

The Myth of The Bottom Dredger

In my recent post about a new tenkara nymph line, someone asked if I used weight to get my flies to sink.  I replied that I do use copper wire in some of my flies which helps them sink a little better but first and foremost, it’s ribbing to created a

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Floating Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Floating Tenkara Line by Rigs

While fluorocarbon has proven itself to be the ideal material for tenkara level lines, its density makes it sink.  When using subsurface flies, this is an advantage.  But when fishing dry flies or other techniques, it can be a real drag–literally.  Having the line underwater can prevent you from getting

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Rigs Tenkara Nymph Line
Jason Klass

Tenkara Nymph Line by Rigs

When I first heard Rigs Fly Shop (a Tenkara USA dealer here in Colorado) was coming out with a new level line, I wasn’t really all that interested. After all, how much can you really innovate a level line? But when I first laid eyes on it, I knew it

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South Platte Rainbow
Jason Klass

South Platte River 12/27/2012

I hit the South Platte today since it was one of the only rivers that isn’t frozen over right now.  I didn’t expect to catch much because, well…it’s the S. Platte in December. And, my expectations were met. I only caught one (small) rainbow. But I can’t complain.  After all,

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Dr. Ishigaki Tenkara Fishing
Jason Klass

Be a Heron!

When I fished with Dr. Ishigaki at Last year’s Tenkara Summit, the first thing that struck me about his style was his laserlike concentration. As soon as he locked his sights on his target, you could practically feel being shut out of his world. His focus was so intense, I

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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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