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Jason Klass

How to Retrieve Snagged Flies without Spooking Fish

You’ve just found the perfect pool. It’s full of fish that are actively feeding and you’ve got it all to yourself. You know you’ll be able to pull at least a few nice ones out if you just fish it long enough.  It’s one of those rare moments that you

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Tenkara on the Big Thompson
Jason Klass

Tenkara on the Big Thompson

  Today I hit the Big Thompson with fellow tenkara angler Jim Lionberger.  I haven’t fished the Big Thompson in the canyon for a few years so it was nice to make it back.  Even better was that Jim has a friend who owns some land right on the river

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Kamikaze Kebari
Jason Klass

Kamikaze Kebari

  Whenever anyone asks me what makes the sakasa kebari an effective pattern, of course my first answer is the standard one–that the reversed hackle produces a lifelike motion in the water.  But this is always immediately followed by an explanation of what I consider an equally important (yet often

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Jason Klass - Tenkara Outlaw
Jason Klass

How to be a Tenkara Outlaw

I recently read an article in which a spokeswoman from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation stated that tenkara fishing on fly fishing only waters is technically illegal in her state since the law dictates the use of a “traditional” fly rod, fly reel, and fly line. “Traditional”? That’s odd,

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Jason Klass

Bass Pro Shops White River Gear Bag Review

I finally decided to replace my 15-year-old Orvis gear bag with something a little more modern and technical.  At my local Bass Pro Shops, I found the White River gear bag–a feature packed bag that is perfect for tenkara as well as other types of fly fishing.  After comparing it

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Bass on a Tenkara USA Yamame
Jason Klass

My 1st Tenkara Bass

This might come as a surprise to some of you but today, I caught my first tenkara-caught bass.  Funny thing–I guess if you only go fishing for trout, you only catch trout!  Until today, I have only used tenkara in trout streams so I thought I’d give one of our

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Tenkara rods for demo program
Jason Klass

More Tenkara Gear for Me (and You)

Today, I got some good tenkara gear in the mail.  But this time, I’m not hoarding it all for myself–it’s for you too!  The first was a box of tenkara rods and lines generously donated by Tenkara USA for our tenkara rod loaner program.  I’ll be adding these to the

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Killer Bugs
Jason Klass

Confessions of a Killer Bug Addict

It wasn’t supposed to be like this.  I came from a good family.  I grew up fishing dry flies with bamboo rods on spring creeks.  I learned all the latin names of aquatic insects and could tie patterns that imitated them right down to the last abdominal gill.  I filled

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Raji Leica Tenkara Line Spools
Jason Klass

Raji Leica Tenkara Line Spools

Not too long ago, I posted about some Oni tenkara line spools I got from Japan.  I like them a lot but I also like line spools that have a metal bar inserted in the center for storing the fly.  On eBay, I recently found a spool that has the best

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S**t Tenkara Anglers Say

I’ve always been a fan of the “S**t People Say” video series and thought it would be fun to make one about tenkara.  Special thanks to TenkaraTalk readers Phil Echelman, Joe Egry, and Kevin Fricke for being in the video. WARNING:  This video contains adult language.

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Tenkara-Release-Box-3
Jason Klass

Tenkara Release Box

Today I got a chance to try out the release box that Karel from Tenkara on the Fly made for me.  I really like it because it gives me plenty of time to take pictures of fish without having to worry about suffocating them or slipping out of my hands.

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DIY Tippet Spool Holder
Jason Klass

A DIY Tippet Spool Holder

I normally don’t like gadgets hanging off the outside of my chest pack.  I try to limit it to the things I want quick access to like hemostats and line clippers.  Until now, I have kept my tippet spools inside my pack thinking it was one less thing to clank

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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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