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Framed Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

Framed Tenkara Flies

I recently wrote about some of the flies I got from the Tenkara Summit.  Two of them were very special to me since they were from Dr. Ishigaki.  I was tempted to fish with them but decided to have them framed instead.  I figured I’d get more joy by hanging

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Why I Left Tenkara USA

It’s with great sadness today that I announce my resignation from Tenkara USA.  Some of you might know that about two months ago, I joined the Tenkara USA team to help out with marketing and content development.  It was a great opportunity and of course I jumped at the chance

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Tenkara Spring Creek Fishing
Jason Klass

Tenkara Spring Creek Fishing with Paul Vertrees

Today, I was lucky to head out to some absolutley gorgeous water with fellow tenkara angler Paul Vertrees.  We saw tons of animals, caught tons of fish, and absorbed more scenery in four hours than many people see in a year.  Here’s my trip report… The Stream Paul took me to

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Bamboo Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Handmade Bamboo Tenkara Line Spool

I’ve written before about some unique line tenkara holders such as the bamboo line holder I got on eBay and the wooden line spool Dr. Ishigaki donated for an auction at the Tenkara Summit and the moose antler line spool made by Chris Kulhow.  At the summit, I was able

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Anthony Naples & Jason Klass
Jason Klass

Chasing Cutthroats with Anthony Naples in RMNP

I just got back from a quick trip to Rocky Mountain National Park with Anthony Naples from Casting Around.  Anthony and I have had a long-term online relationship and many people might not know that he actually designed the graphics for the header of this blog.  In addition to being

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Jason Klass

Learn Tenkara Fly Tying DVD Review

This new tenkara fly tying DVD series was just announced today but I happened to receive one in the mail prior to launch (Thanks Brian!).  This DVD isn’t good.  It’s GREAT!  The clarity and quality is amazing and the running commentary by tenkara experts is surprisingly informative.  When I first

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Tenkara on Boulder Creek
Jason Klass

Tenkara on Boulder Creek

Last weekend, Karel from Tenkara on the Fly and I headed out to Barker Reservoir in Nederland, CO.  He heard that there might be grayling near the inlet so we thought we’d give it a shot.  Our last attempt at getting grayling new Joe Wright Reservoir was somewhat of a

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Clear Creek Brown Trout
Jason Klass

Return to Clear Creek

I hit Clear Creek again today, hoping to do better than I did last time.  Luckily, I did because this time I really wanted to get some footage with my new Go Pro camera.  I’m still learning to work it, but I hope you like this short video I took

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Clear Creek Brown Trout on a Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Tenkara on Clear Creek

Today, on my first Father’s Day, I hit Clear Creek for a while just a few miles outside of Golden, CO.  I’m not sure why I made that choice.  It’s not my favorite type of stream–steep banks that you have to climb to get from spot to spot, vast distances

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Regal Fly Tying Vise
Jason Klass

New Vise Smell

The first fly I ever tied was composed of some fur and feathers I cut off a Mepps spinner, some too-heavy thread I stole from my mom’s sewing kit, and was precariously held in the chipped corner of my father’s tool vise as I haphazardly wrapped something resembling Cousin Itt

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Brown on a Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Increasing Hookup Ratios with Tenkara

It’s pretty simple math:  a heavy wire hook + a soft-tipped rod =  a lower hookup ratio.  Physics is physics after all.  Yet, for the longest time, this obvious formula eluded me (or, rather, deceived me).  When I first started fishing the tenkara method (the “real” tenkara method), I was getting

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Scientific Anglers Tippet Spools
Jason Klass

Scientific Anglers Reinvents the Wheel

  It’s hard to imagine how you could improve something as simple as a tippet spool but the geniuses over at Scientific Anglers have done just that.  They’ve added a built in line cutter, a rotating hub that allows the spools to rotate freely (which will work very nicely 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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