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Ito-on-S.-Platte
Jason Klass

“Tenkara Fishing” vs. “Fishing with a Tenkara Rod”

[/caption] It was a beautiful bluebird day this fall on the South Platte when the revelation hit me like a miscast 4/0 Clouser to the forehead:  I have never really tenkara fished!  Now, before you use my own words against me and bring up the impotence of labels, let me explain.

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Tenkara USA Forceps and Line Nippers
Jason Klass

Random Tenkara Stuff

Nothing big to write about today–just a few glimpses of what’s going on at Tenkara Talk headquarters… Tenkara USA Hemostats and Nippers     I recently got a chance to try out the Tenkara USA Hemostat and Line Nipper combo.  At first glance, they don’t seem remarkable. They look just

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Tenkara USA Yamame
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Yamame – Initial Review

I just got my Tenkara USA Yamame and wanted to share my initial impressions.  Keep in mind, I haven’t fished with this rod yet but I’ve cast it and gone over every detail of its workmanship.  I will have more info. after I’ve had it on the water but from

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Blue Jay Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Eurasian Jay Sakasa Kebari

  In the last few years, there’s been a lof of buzz around fishing blue-colored flies.  A while ago, I tried to incorporate blue into a tenkara pattern I called the Ninja’s Victim.  The blue wire body and starling hackle seemed to work well but I’m always looking for new

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Daniel Galhardo on the South Platte
Jason Klass

Is Tenkara Fly Fishing?

  I’ve seen this question come up in social media again and again (with some pretty heated debates).  I’m not sure why people seem to focus so heavily on labeling tenkara as “fly fishing” or not.  After all, we don’t obsess about the many, more incorrect labels and misnomers we

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A Short Tenkara Documentary

Here’s an excellent mini-documentary on tenkara starring the Tenkara Guides.  I think it captures the essence of tenkara very well.  There is a full length documentary in the works that is being produced by Brian Flemming of Learn Tenkara that is slated to be released in about a year in

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Jungle Cock Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Jungle Cock Sakasa Kebari & More on Spectra Lines

  In my ongoing experiments with hackle and materials for sakasa kebari, I’ve found an unlikely source for hackle that looks promising:  jungle cock. When most tiers think of the prized jungle cock, they think of the gorgeous yellow and black “nails” or “spears” often used for the cheeks of

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Tenkara USA Catalog
Jason Klass

American Tenkara Museum

  Today, I got the first ever TenkaraUSA print catalog in the mail.  Daniel was kind enough to not only autograph it for me, but also write a nice message.  This is a truly special item and as soon as I opened it, it reminded me of something I’ve been

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Spectra Tenkara Lines
Jason Klass

Kevlar Vs. Mono Furled Tenkara Lines

Here’s a quick video showing how the new Kevlar  furled lines from Tenkara USA don’t tangle after being snagged like the traditional monofilament furled lines did.

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Join Us for a Live Google + Tenkara Hangout!

  I thought it would be fun to try an informal Google + Hangout to talk tenkara. I’d like to do a preliminary one just to see how it goes, and then maybe make it a regularly scheduled event where tenkara anglers across the US (or globe) can get together

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Bi-vis Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Bi-vis Tenkara Line

  That’s not a typo.  We talk a lot about “Hi-vis” line in tenkara but this one really is a “Bi-vis” line because it’s actually two colors. The first two thirds are clear fluorocarbon while the last third is hi-vis fluorocarbon.  It all started during a conversation with Karel from

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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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