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Partridge & Black Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Partridge & Black Sakasa Kebari

This is a simple, yet effective fly that would be a good pattern to try for anyone who read my recent post, “A Beginner’s Guide to Tying Tenkara Flies“.  With the barring on the hackle, high-contrast ribbing, and muted colors, this is a great all around tenkara wet fly.  The

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Sakasa-Kebari-Hack-Comparison
Jason Klass

Video: Underwater Comparison of Sakasa Kebari Hackle

I’ve always considered myself a confirmed dry fly fisher but have recently taken an interest in fishing sakasa kebari wet flies.  I’ve had a number of experiences lately that are convincing me more and more that they’re not only effective, but just as fun to fish as surface flies (though

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Peacock & Starling Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Peacock & Starling Sakasa Kebari

In my last post, I briefly mentioned this fly pattern which was very productive on a small lake near Mt. Whitney and I thought I’d post the recipe.  It’s a simple fly to tie (as many successful patterns are) and very buggy looking because of the iridescence of the materials used.

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Tenkara-Backpack
Jason Klass

Tenkara on Mt. Whitney

I just got back from a backpacking trip to Mt. Whitney with fellow tenkara enthusiast Brian Green of Brian’s Backpacking blog.  We were both as excited about the hike as we were about the prospect of fishing some of the high mountain lakes on the way down with our tenkara

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Daiwa Tenkara Line 1
Jason Klass

Daiwa Tenkara Line

I got my Daiwa fluorocarbon Plasma Line from Japan today. While I’m completely happy with my Tenkara Bum and Tenkara USA level lines, I Just wanted to try something a little different.     The diameter is 0.310 mm (0.012″) and is marked as a #3.5 line.  This is a

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fly tying kit
Jason Klass

A Beginner’s Guide to Tying Tenkara Flies

One of the questions I get asked most often is what one needs to start tying tenkara flies. The first thing I tell people is to NOT buy a fly tying kit. Kits are a perfect waste of money with just the right combination of wrong-sized feathers, useless colors of

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Tenkara Line Spool
Jason Klass

Tenkara Bum Line Spools

Tenkara Bum is now offering their own line spools and I got my order for 3 of them today.  They’re essentially identical to the Meiho blue spools sold by Tenkara USA but are a shrunken down version. [/caption] The smaller diameter would be good for a tenkara minimalist or the

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Twisted Camel Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

Twisted Body Sakasa Kebari

One of the nice things about tenkara wet flies is that while they’re very simple in design, they allow for a lot of experimentation in body construction. This is probably the main thing that keeps me interested in them as a fly tier. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with wire bodies

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My Tenkara Fly Box
Jason Klass

My Tenkara Fly Box

Today, I received my long awaited custom tenkara fly box made by Rick Setina.  It’s even more beautiful in person than the pictures he sent me in advance lead on.  The lid is Maple and has my name in Japanese (katakana alphabet) burned into the lower right corner. The bottom

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Tenkara-Line-Marking-System
Jason Klass

A Simple Marking System for Identifying Tenkara Lines

I’ve been making a lot of my own Tenkara level lines lately and I’ve noticed small problem: they all look the same. At first, I tried putting them on Tenkara USA blue spools and marking the spool with a Sharpie marker to indicate the line’s diameter and length. Of course,

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Tenkara Net Leash
Jason Klass

Nets for Tenkara Fishing

After many years of going “netless” I have recently become a strong advocate for using nets.  I used to use a net when I fished for larger browns and rainbows back east.  But for the small fish I was mostly catching since I moved to the Rockies, I always thought

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Tenkara Bum Level Lines
Jason Klass

Tenkara Bum Level Lines

Today, I got some fluorocarbon tenkara level line and a nice note from Chris Stewart of Tenkarabum.com. Chris is a level line guru and has tried just about every type of level line out there but also encourages experimentation. So I was delighted when he sent me a couple of

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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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