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Does more gear mean more fish?
Jason Klass

Tenkaraphobia

[/caption]   Why is it that some people instantly embrace tenkara while others reject it outright? I have been wondering this for a long time now. I’ve read dozens of social media posts where people have written downright malicious comments about tenkara and tenkara anglers. The funny thing is, by

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Silk Thread Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Silk Thread Sakasa Kebari

  Since I can’t go fishing right now, tying flies is the next best thing.  In the past few months, I’ve been playing around with some unorthodox body materials for tenkara flies but recently felt the urge to tie some with the more traditional thread bodies.  I saw that Tenkara

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Line Clip for Tenkara Rods
Jason Klass

A Line Clip for Your Tenkara Rod

[/caption]   Ever wonder what to do with your line when you’re moving from spot to spot?  If you need to go through brush, the best thing to do is collapse the rod and either remove the line and wind it around a tenkara spool or around your EZ Keepers.

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Adjustable Tenkara Line
Jason Klass

Adjustable Tenkara Line

One of the things I love about my Tenkara USA Ito is the zoom feature which gives you the ability to instantly lengthen the rod when you need a little extra reach.  But I’ve always dreamed of and adjustable line. Wouldn’t it be nice to instantly change your line from

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Tenkara Lake Fishing
Jason Klass

Tenkara Fishing in Alpine Lakes

Chris Stewart of Tenkara Bum recently asked me to write an article about tenkara fishing in alpine lakes for his site.  It’s not a comprehensive guide but hopefully, it will get some people thinking about trying tenkara beyond small streams.  Click here to read Tenkara Fishing in Alpine Lakes.  

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Tenkara Rod Rack
Jason Klass

Tenkara Rod Rack

After reading Mike’s post about a tenkara rod rack over at Troutrageous!, I just had to drag myself over to Walmart to buy one (actually two).  Using my iPhone level app and a cordless drill, I had both racks installed in a corner of my man cave in about 10

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Clear Creek Brown Trout Underwater
Jason Klass

How to Sink Tenkara Flies

Traditional tenkara flies don’t have weight like our western flies that use lead wire, copper wire, or bead heads to help them sink. Instead, tenkara anglers make use of the hydrodynamics of the stream to help sink their flies.  Here is a quick video of Daniel Galhardo from TenkaraUSA demonstrating

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Killer-Bug-Yarn-and-Pearsalls-thread
Jason Klass

The Utah Killer Bug

OK, it’s not technically a tenkara fly, but so many tenkara anglers seem to have so much faith in this pattern that I couldn’t ignore it. So, I ended up buying some killer bug yarn from Tenkara Bum (as well as some other stuff like some Pearsall’s silk thread for

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Double Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Double Sakasa Kebari

I don’t know if this has been tried before or not but I had the idea to play around with the concept of a “double” sakasa kebari. Essentially, it’s just a regular sakasa kebari with two sections of wrapped hackle separated by a “spacer” of thread.     My thinking

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Tenkara Tackle on the San Juan
Jason Klass

Fishpond San Juan Chest Pack Review

I have been using the Fishpond San Juan chest pack for a while now on a variety of streams and really like it for tenkara fishing.  I couldn’t find one locally, but luckily, Colorado Skies Outfitters (my local fly shop here in Parker) was cool enough to pick one up from

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Tenkara Line Storage
Jason Klass

Organizing Tenkara Level Lines

I went a little crazy tonight building level lines with my girth hitch attachment method and it quickly became apparent to me that I’d need a way to store and organize them. So, I bought a bunch of 3″ X 4″ plastic bags at Michael’s and printed out some inserts

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Horsehair Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

Horsehair Tenkara Flies

  That’s right–I said “horsehair tenkara FLIES”, not “horsehair tenkara LINES”.   Usually, whenever you combine the words “horsehair” and “tenkara” in the same sentence (or Google search), the discussion is inevitably around horsehair tenkara fly lines. But what many people don’t know is that horsehair (or, more accurately, horse

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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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