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Tenkara USA Bamboo Fly Box
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Bamboo Fly Box

I just got my Tenkara USA Bamboo Fly Box and it is beautiful.  I got to see a sneak preview of one at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver a few months ago and couldn’t wait until they were for sale.  I’m a sucker for wooden fly boxes so the

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Two Tone Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Two-tone Sakasa Kebari

Sakasa Kebari are great attractor patterns and most classic attractors incorporate some kind of contrast or bright colors.  So I thought why not carry this idea to tenkara flies? The idea is simple–the body is made up of two different colored threads.  The brighter (contrasting) thread color covers 50% of

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The Ultimate Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

The “Perfect” Tenkara Rod

Sitting on the bank during one of those all-too-familiar fishless days on the South Platte, I started thinking about rod design.  With my current favorite in my hand (the Tenkara USA Ito), I began to think about what makes a rod “good”.  I’ve done a fair number of tenkara rod reviews

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Tenkara-Ignorance
Jason Klass

Tenkara is a Joke

A long time ago, I wrote a post about five common tenkara myths and busted them.  With all that’s been written about tenkara since then, I still find it amusing when people tweet statements like this:     Let’s carry that statement to its logical conclusion, shall we? 4 weight

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Tenkara USA Yellow Level Line
Jason Klass

New Tenkara USA Yellow Level Line

The big news this week for lovers of level tenkara lines is that Tenkara USA will be listing a new yellow fluorocarbon line on their website within the next few days.   I recently had a chance to field test the line and here is my initial review. Any discussion of tenkara level

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Tenkara Line Spools

Tenkara line spools make both long-term storage and moving from spot to spot more organized and convenient.    But just like every piece of gear, people will have their own preferences and demands. Today, we’re lucky to have a few different designs we can choose from to suit our individual

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Nissin Prosquare Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

Nissin Prosquare Tenkara Rod Review

Today, I finally got to fish my Nissin Prosquare rod I recently got from Japan.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect, at the end of the day, I was pleasantly surprised.Like many low to mid priced rods in Japan, the Prosquare comes in plastic packaging with a nylon rod sack and

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Oni Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Feeding the Tenkara Gear Addiction

Today, I came home to a small stack of packages on my doorstep.  If you’re an unapologetic tenkara gear junkie like me, you know what such a site causes:  an adrenaline fueled, single-minded mission to find the closest box cutter.   Oni Tenkara Line Spools The first package came from a friend

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Fountainhead Tenkara Rods
Jason Klass

Fountainhead Stone Fly Tenkara Rods

I was recently able to test out the Stone Fly series of rods from Fountainhead and was actually surprised by the quality.  By the price, you’d think that they are low end rods–and they are.  But in this case, “low end” doesn’t  mean “poor quality”.  Here are some of my

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Moose Antler Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Moose Antler Tenkara Line Spool

  Today, I got my moose antler tenkara line spool hand carved by Chris from The North River Blog.  This spool is a work of art reminiscent of Dr. Ishigaki’s wooden line spool and I just wanted to share a few photos…If you follow my blog, you know that I

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20 ft. tenkara furled Line
Jason Klass

20 ft. Furled Line & DIY Line Spool Mod

[/caption]   Today, I got my long awaited Nissin Prosquare tenkara rod in the mail (review coming soon).  A friend in Japan who bought and sent the rod to me was kind enough to also include a 20 ft. furled line he made himself and one of his flies.  Thanks

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Whiting Brahma Hen Hackle
Jason Klass

The Best Hackle for Sakasa Kebari?

  If someone asked my what the best all around hackle for sakasa kebari, I would answer (without hesitation) that it’s brahma hen cape from Whiting Farms. Here’s why… Two Hackles for one   I think probably the main reason I think this is such great hackle is that every

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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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