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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.

Masami Tanaka at the 2012 Tenkara Summit
Jason Klass

Masami Tanaka’s Tenkara Flies

For me, the biggest highlight of the 2012 Tenkara Summit was meeting and being able to fish with all the Japanese anglers that attended. It was great to learn about tenkara from people who practice it in its birthplace. As you might imagine, there was a lot of talk and

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Tenkara flies tied with found materials
Jason Klass

Tying Flies with Common, Everyday Materials

Fly tiers have it pretty easy these days.  Run out of red floss during a marathon tying session of Royal Coachmans?  Head down to your local fly shop and pick some up.  Need fluorescent pink guinea fowl for a killer new Spey fly?  Order in online and it will be

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Tenkara Times Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Sakasa Kebari from Tenkara Times

I just got a new tenkara rod today from Tenkara Times (review to follow) and it included a free sampling of some of their sakasa kebari.  I didn’t think much of it at first until I opened up the packaging and saw the quality of tying.  These are good tenkara

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Jason's Tenkaramobile
Jason Klass

My Tenkaramobile

A few months ago, I bought my dream car: a Jeep Wrangler.  So what makes it a “tenkaramobile”?  Well, first and foremost, it is the vehicle that will transport me to all of my future tenkara adventures.  But there are a few other tweaks I’ve made to “tenkara-ize” it.  

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Jason Klass

Interview with Eiji Yamakawa

Anyone who frequently visits the Tenkara USA forums has probably seen posts by someone named “Eddie”.  What some may not know is that “Eddie” is actually Eiji Yamakawa, an expert tenkara angler from Japan.  We first came into contact when he helped me get my Nissin Prosquare tenkara rod and

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Viva Sakasa Kebari Tenkara Fly
Jason Klass

Viva Sakasa Kebari

No, I’m not trying to start a revolution (yet). “Viva” is a color scheme for fly patterns that is extremely popular on the UK Stillwater scene. The original Viva was a wet fly tied by Victor Furse for reservoir fishing but has since become a template color combination of black,

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A banished sakasa kebari
Jason Klass

My Fly Culling Ritual

Ever since a I can remember I’ve been doing something that might be considered strange and have always wondered if I’m the only one, or if other anglers do it as well. Basically, I “cull” flies from my fly box. That is, when I take a fly out of my

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Tenkara no Oni Casting
Jason Klass

Interview with Tenkara no Oni

I was ecstatic when Masami Sakakibara (AKA, “Tenkara no Oni”) recently agreed to do an interview with me.  Tenkara no Oni is not only a tenkara master but is known for his amazing casting style which is often referred to as “magical”.  He recently put up an English language website

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Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

What makes a fly a “tenkara” fly?

Don’t be put off by the title. I’m not about to incite a heated debate about what is or isn’t a “tenkara” fly and delve into an infinite loop of semantic minutia.  Instead, I thought I would simply list out the criteria I use when selecting patterns that I think

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Tenkara Talk Website
Jason Klass

Tenkara Talk Trivia

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably seen some changes over the years.  So I thought it would be fun to give a little history on the site, and where it is now. 1.  This website started out as backpackflyfishing.com.  Originally, the main focus was on

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Sakasa Kebari Underwater Video

No matter how many times I see a sakasa kebari underwater, I’m always surprised on how alive they come underwater–with even the slightest twitch.  No wonder they’re such effective flies.  Here’s a quick video I shot today in both normal speed and slow motion to show how well the hackle

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Tenkara no Oni
Jason Klass

Have a Tenkara Question? Ask a Tenkara Master

I recently posted about Masami Sakakibara’s (AKA Tenkara no Oni) new English-language website and how it opened up a world of information to the western world.  Well now, I’m pleased to announce that Sakakibara-sensei has agreed to do an interview with me!  My first reaction was to send over a

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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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