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sakasa kebari underwater
Jason Klass

Sakasa Kebari Underwater Video

A few tenkara anglers have asked me to take underwater video of sakasa kebari in motion in “real world conditions”.  This proved to be a slightly more daunting task than I imagined.  Here’s my first attempt.  I’ll be the first to admit it’s not a great.  It’s difficult to position

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Fall River Brown Trout
Jason Klass

Tenkara on the Fall River

Today I had a chance to fish the Fall River in Rocky Mountain National Park for three hours.  With high winds and ultra-spooky trout, I definitely had to work for my fish but the scenery and solitude were well worth it. I decided to fish downstream of the alluvial fan.

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Tenkara Pie
Jason Klass

Tenkara Pie!

I met up with a bunch of fellow tenkara anglers on Boulder creek this weekend and what would you know but Larry Green from Granny Scott Pies showed up with a pie sporting the Tenkara USA logo.  It’s just one more example of how cool, creative, and fun tenkara anglers

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Gosen Torrents Ace Tenkara Hooks
Jason Klass

Gosen Torrents Ace Eyeless Hooks

In my ongoing exploration of tying tenkara flies on eyeless hooks, I recently got a package of Gosen Torrents Ace GII hooks from Esoteric Tackle.  These hooks have a very radical bend that makes them great for tying traditional looking tenkara flies, plus a couple of other features I really

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How to make a tenkara rod quiet
Jason Klass

Add a Silencer to your Tenkara Rod

  Right now, go to your gear closet, man cave, garage, armory, or wherever you keep your fishing gear.  Grab your tenkara rod and shake it (vertically).  Hear that rattle?  It’s the collapsed segments of your rod slamming into the end cap.  No, it isn’t broken.  In fact, most tenkara

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Brown Trout on Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

One Fly Tenkara Memorial Day

  The little voice inside my head said I should know better than to hit the stream Memorial weekend (let alone on actual Memorial Day) but sometimes it pays to go against your better judgement… Sure enough, the parking lot at Bear Creek was not only packed, but overflowing.  I

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TenkaraTalk iPhone Wallpaper
Jason Klass

Free TenkaraTalk iPhone Wallpaper

I just made a TenkaraTalk wallpaper for my iPhone and am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I don’t know why anyone would want it, but I’m offering it for a free download (I guess I just like giving away free stuff).  If you want to add it

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Valcan Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Valcan Tenkara Line

  With the impending extinction of the famous orange level line from Tenkara Bum, many tenkara anglers have been on the quest for a good replacement.  Sanyo has recently come out with a new orange fluorocarbon line of its own called Valcan, but is it a good substitute for the

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Umpqua Competition Hooks
Jason Klass

Umpqua Competition Hooks

I swung by Angler’s Covey in Colorado Springs on Sunday and they had a sale on Umpqua Comepetition hooks.  They looked like they might be good for sakasa kebari so I picked up a couple of packages in size #10 and #12.   I got the C500BL model, which is

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Tenkara Backpack
Jason Klass

Sneak Preview: TraiLite Designs Stream Pack

I just got word that the newly redesigned Stream Pack from TrailLite Designs will be available next week on the Tenkara Bum website.  If the name TrailLite Designs sounds familiar, it’s probably because you know them as the creator of the Ebira Rod Quiver–an ingenious tenkara accessory which happens to

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Bear Creek Brown Trout
Jason Klass

Three Firsts on Bear Creek

  They say there has to be a first time for everything.  Well, today, the old cliche materialized in triplicate (two good, one not so good).  And while people also say, “two out of three ain’t bad”, I’d summarize today as an all around great day despite the fact that

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Sakasa Kebari on Red Hook
Jason Klass

Tenkara Flies on Red Hooks

  Many anglers tout the effectiveness of using red hooks in their fly patterns.  While there appears to be some science behind it, I’m not a red hook fanatic; nor am I a foe.  I don’t know if or why red hooks add some attractor qualities to flies or not.

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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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