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TenkaraRodGrips
Jason Klass

Buyer’s Guide: Best New Gear of 2023 (April 1st Edition)

It seems like every year, there are so many new innovations in tenkara and fly fishing gear it’s hard to keep up. This year is no exception, with several leading manufacturers coming strong out of the gate with a raft of breakthrough designs employing the latest cutting-edge technologies and gynecological

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Umpqua River Grip Clamp
Jason Klass

Umpqua River Grip Open Clamp

I love Umpqua tools because of their smart designs, solid construction, and comfort. The River Grip Clamp is a popular one among fly fishers and I’ve had a pair for a while in the standard 2-finger hole model. They’re great, but I’m always looking to improve streamside ergonomics and recently

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St. Patrick's Day Kebari
Jason Klass

The St. Patrick’s Day Kebari

It’s the time of year again when “everybody’s Irish”. I must admit, though I’ve never been to Ireland nor have any heritage from the old sod, I do feel a certain affinity towards all things Irish. One of my favorite authors (Oscar Wilde) is Irish. My favorite pipes and tobaccos

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Tenkara Tanuki Pocket Ninja Headwaters 240
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Pocket Ninja Headwaters 240

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Tanuki rods. They’ve become an icon in the tenkara industry and I own several, including a Pocket Ninja, Snow 325, and Ninja. Their rods are known for being incredibly light, sensitive, and visually unique–instantly recognizable from afar. I’m also a good friend

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Buy Tenkara Flies Online
Jason Klass

Where to Buy Tenkara Flies

It’s one of the questions I hear the most … “where can I buy tenkara flies?” I usually preface my answer by breaking the news that local fly shops don’t really carry tenkara-style flies so that means they’ll have to be purchased online. Fortunately, there are a number of talented

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Kura-San Hinoki Wooden Fly Box
Jason Klass

Kura-San’s Handmade 8-Compartment Hinoki Fly Box

This is one of my two new wooden fly boxes that arrived today from Japan. This box is handmade by Japanese woodworker Kazuo Kurahashi (AKA “Kura-san“) and is constructed of hinoki (Japanese Cypress)–a popular wood in Japan used to build everything from furniture to shrines and temples. Hinoki has a

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ESZ Tenkara Rods
Jason Klass

ESZ Rivermaster Z1 10′ Tenkara Rod

If you read my recap of the 2023 Denver Fly Fishing Show, you may recall that I discovered a company called ESZ. If you’ve never heard of them, don’t worry. Neither had I! Naturally, I had to investigate. I ended up talking quite extensively with the owner Ziye Zhang (who

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Tenkara Fly - Occam's Razor
Jason Klass

Occam’s Razor: A Study in Designing “Unassuming Flies”

In pop culture, the concept of “Occam’s Razor” is commonly understood as, “the simplest explanation is usually the best.” This isn’t quite right. I believe it’s more accurate to say, “when faced with differing theories, you should pursue the one that requires the fewest number of assumptions.” In other words,

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Tenkara Tanuki Insulated Flask
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Insulated Flask

Is a travel mug an “essential” piece of fly fishing gear? It is for me. Coffee gets you going the morning of a trip, makes the long car ride seem shorter, helps you endure your fishing partner, and stimulates creativity at the tying desk. Without apology, I’m one of those

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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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