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Recycling fly tying hooks tenkara
Jason Klass

Recycling Fly Tying Hooks

Let’s face it.  Even the most expertly tied fly is not immortal.  Though it might have escaped the perils of underwater snags, tree branches lurking in our backcasts, or weak knots, it will eventually succumb to the merciless jaws of countless trout ripping it to shreds.  And at some point,

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Gyotaku Trout Print
Jason Klass

Gyotaku Brook Trout Print

Today, I received my long awaited gyotaku print!  In Japanese, “gyo” means “fish” and “taku” roughly translates to “rubbing”, so “gyotaku” could be translated as “fish rubbing”.  Basically, the process involves painting a fish (literally), then laying a piece of washi paper over it, rubbing it to transfer the ink

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Tenkara Tri-color Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Tri-color Sakasa Kebari

To western fly tiers, typical tenkara flies like sakasa kebari might seem boring.  After all, many of them are nothing more than hackle and a thread body.  No wings, no tails, no intricate bodies.  It might seem that if one wanted to fish tenkara flies exclusively, they’d quickly tire of

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Weight Forward Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Weight Forward Tenkara Lines

In tenkara, we talk a lot about level lines and tapered furled lines but there really isn’t much discussion on “weight forward” lines.  Yes, I do mean “weight forward” in the western fly fishing sense.  In fact, I had never even considered it until Tenkara Talk reader Tony Wee mentioned

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Jason Klass wearing a vest
Jason Klass

Giving the Vest a Second Chance

Long before I started fishing tenkara, I had given up on wearing a vest.  I guess one day I finally had enough of the heavy, bulky, and hot garment holding me back like a straightjacket.  I didn’t use 90% of the stuff I carried in its multitude of pockets anyway

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Tenkara Furled Line made with Amnesia
Jason Klass

Amnesia Furled Tenkara Line

Recently, I tried out some red Amnesia for a tenkara level line.  I was impressed with its high visibility, but not so much with the way it cast.  Being nylon monofilament, it isn’t as dense as the fluorocarbon level lines I’m used to fishing and didn’t turn over as well.

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The Calligraphy Brush Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

The Calligraphy Brush Sakasa Kebari

The “Calligraphy Brush” is basically a slightly more dressed up version of the Kamikaze Kebari with cufflinks and a collar.  The ingredients are almost the same except “the brush” is tied on a slightly longer hook to accomodate an ostrich herl thorax.  The ostrich thorax gives a little meatiness to

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Brown trout on a sakasa kebari
Jason Klass

Strike Detection Tips for Tenkara

Today, I got an email asking a question I get so often, that I thought it was worthy of a blog post:  “I’m using sakasa kebari and having a hard time telling when a fish takes my fly. How can I tell?”  The question came from an experienced western fly

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Tenkara Caught Brook Trout
Jason Klass

Brook Trout Madness on North Inlet Creek

Today, Karel from Tenkara on the Fly, Joe from Dragon Fly Fishing and I headed up to the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park to fish North Inlet Creek just above Grand Lake.  I normally fish the east side of RMNP and haven’t been to the west side in

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Sunline tenkara line, amnesia, Tenkara USA level line
Jason Klass

Amnesia as Tenkara Level Line

Not too long ago, I wrote a post about using Red Amnesia as a sighter for tenkara level lines.  Having fished it for a while now, I can say really like it.  The bright red Amensia is easy to see in all lighting conditions and makes it much easier to

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Best all around size for tenkara flies
Jason Klass

Is #12 the “Goldilocks” Size for Sakasa Kebari?

In western fly fishing, a lot of emphasis is placed not only on the fly pattern, but also on fly size.  It’s considered standard practice to carry both a wide variety of patterns and a variety of sizes of each pattern.  The mentality seems to be that if you don’t

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Fuji Tenkara End Cap
Jason Klass

Fuji Tenkara Rod Cap

While fishing with some of the Japanese anglers the day before the summit, I found myself admiring a strange looking contraption at the end of Masami Tanaka’s tenkara rod. It was a clear plastic sleeve with a black strap around it. Much different than the wooden rod plug most of

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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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