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Tenkara Lake Fishing
Jason Klass

Where Simplicity Really Matters

As tenkara takes hold in the West, many people are experimenting with different techniques, rigging, and DIY gear modifications. As someone who has a deep passion for innovation, I think this is a good thing. But there are many voices criticizing certain types of experimentation in an effort to preserve

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Bear Creek Rainbow on Tenkara
Jason Klass

Bear Creek Trip Report April 1st, 2012

  April Fool’s day was no joke on Bear Creek this Sunday.  I had another stellar day–one of those sublime “lost track of how many fish I caught” days.  But aside from the great fishing, I learned a thing or two.  The days you catch fish (or don’t) come and

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Jason Klass

I’m giving up on Tenkara

After a humiliating day on the water being outfished by bait fishermen, I had an epiphany.  I’ve decided that I’m giving up tenkara.  It was fun while it lasted but after seeing these guys outfish me ten to one with worms and corn, I can’t see any reason why I’d

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Size 8 Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Giant Sakasa Kebari

Maybe “giant” is a relative term for a size #8 sakasa kebari.  After all, in Japan they regularly fish flies that large (or larger).  But for me, a #8 is huge.  You see, I got some grouse feathers from Tenkara Bum that were too large for the #12 and #10

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Tenkara in The Fly Fish Journal
Jason Klass

Tenkara in The Fly Fish Journal

I just finished reading the article “Japanese Dreams” by Daniel Galhardo of TenkaraUSA in Vol. 3, Issue 3 of The Fly Fish Journal.  As someone who tries to consume every piece of information on tenkara I can get my hands on, I was prepared for another “more of the same”

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Tenkara USA Yamame
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Yamame Follow Up Review

A while back, I wrote an initial review of the Tenkara USA Yamame.  But until now, I hadn’t actually had a chance to fish it.  Now that I’ve had it on the water, I wanted to report back as promised.  To read my more detailed  review of the Yamame’s features

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Jason Klass on Bear Creek
Jason Klass

3 Tips for Getting from the Car to the Water Faster

I’ll admit it.  One of my pet peeves is standing in the parking lot ready to go while a fishing partner takes forever to get set up.  It’s wasted time that I could be fishing.  I don’t get to fish as much as I’d like so I like to maximize

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Tenkara Grip
Jason Klass

Western vs. Tenkara Casting: The Grip

In a recent post, I wrote about how the path of the rod tip in tenkara differs from western casting.  In order to achieve the right angle, it’s important to use the right grip.  Western anglers coming to tenkara might be tempted to use the same grip they alway have

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Tenkara Setup in 45 Seconds

Here’s a quick video I shot showing just how fast you can get your tenkara rod set up and ready to fish. Actually, I’m being a bit generous.  If you count, it’s really only 43 seconds.

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western vs. tenkara fly casting
Jason Klass

Western vs. Tenkara Casting: Different Strokes

  A lot of people that come to tenkara are already western fly anglers familiar with the 10 O’clock/2 O’clock casting stroke.  While this may be a comfortable casting style, it doesn’t really translate well to tenkara and some wonder why they can’t cast a tenkara rod well with their normal casting

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Tenkara Brown Trout
Jason Klass

First Fish of 2012 and a Strange Catch

  Just got back from Bear creek where I finally caught my first fish of the year.  I can’t believe I went this far into 2012 without catching anything but to be fair, this winter’s fishing conditions haven’t been great and I’ve been going to some tough places like the

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Tenkara Popularity in search
Jason Klass

State of the Tenkaraverse 2012

Here is a an interesting chart I made using Google Gadgets showing the number of global searches for the keyword “tenkara” since 2004.  Not surprisingly, no data shows prior to 2009 (the year Tenkara USA was founded).  Keep in mind that the numbers on the y-axis are not the actual

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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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