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Cheap Fly Fishing Flies
Jason Klass

Inexpensive (Not Cheap) Flies

Just stumbled on to a site that has flies for 50 cents each!  Stream Flies has all the mainstay patterns to stock your fly arsenal without breaking the bank.  But here’s the clincher:  these flies are actually high quality.  They’re not cheap flies tied with the incorrect colors and proportions

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Bmboo Tenkara Rod
Jason Klass

Bamboo “Tenkara” Rod

Today, I got something in the mail that has been in the works for months:  my bamboo tenkara rod.  A while back, I contacted Chuck Ledgerwood from Prize Catch Inc. and asked him if he could make me a tenkara-style rod in bamboo.  He was really enthusiastic about the project

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Tenkara Flies The Ninja's Victim
Jason Klass

The Ninja’s Victim: a Sakasa Kebari Tenkara Fly

While I tend to prefer dry flies and don’t fish sinking flies much, I thought it would be fun to start experimenting with some reverse hackle Tenkara wet flies.  When I do fish wet flies, I usually want them to sink fast.  So, I’m playing around with some different ideas

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Flies for Backpacking
Jason Klass

How Many Flies Do you Need for a Backpacking Trip?

I get asked this question a lot.  And like many of my answers, I’m forced to say, “it depends”.  There are a variety of factors that determine how big of a selection you need to take on backcountry fly fishing trips.  Here are a few considerations that might help you

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Tenkara Book
Jason Klass

Tenkara Book Review

I recently read Tenkara: Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing by Kevin Kelleher, MD and Misako Ishimura and just wanted to post a few of my thoughts on it. First off, this is the first book on Tenkara fly fishing written in English and represents a milestone for the Tenkara-mania that

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Japanese Hammer - Adams Color
Jason Klass

Japanese Hammer in a More Versatile Color

So I’ve been tying different variations on the Japanese hammer and thought it might be good to tie some in a tried-and-true color scheme:  the Adams. [/caption] This pattern pretty much has everything I want for fishing the high mountain streams of the Rockies:  it’s buggy, buoyant, hi-vis, and easy-to-tie. 

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Denver Fly Fishing Show
Jason Klass

Denver Fly Fishing Show 2011

[/caption] I managed to make it to the Denver Fly Fishing Show last weekend despite the snowy roads (thank you Jeep!).  I’ll admit that I brought certain expectations with me.  I’ll also admit that they were not met. Overall, I didn’t see much real innovation–just a lot of overly complicated,

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The Japanese Hammer
Jason Klass

Fly Pattern: The Japanese Hammer

[/caption] I almost exclusively fish dry flies for trout—not because I’m a “purist”.  I just love to see fish rise to a fly.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with nymph fishing and I don’t look down on anyone who fishes nymphs.  It’s just not my style. I’ve been thinking

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Tenkara Book
Jason Klass

Tenkara: The Book

Today, I got something very special in the mail–a copy of “Tenkara:  Radically Simple, Ultralight Fly Fishing”, by Kevin C. Kelleher, MD and Misako Ishimura.  Why is this book so special?  For starters, it’s the first English Language book on Tenkara fly fishing. Secondly, it is autographed and came with

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Tenkara_Myths
Jason Klass

5 Tenkara Myths Busted

[/caption] Tenkara fishing is gaining (OK, exploding) in popularity in the U.S. and around the world, yet there are still some misconceptions that many people seem to have about this unique method of fly fishing. Here are a few that I commonly hear and my responses: 1. Tenkara is not

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Video Tour of My Fly Tying Desk

All of us who tie flies have our own unique spaces dedicated to the craft.  Whether crammed into the corner of a tiny apartment or sprawled out over the entire expanse of a finished basement, they are sacred places.  Here is a quick video of my current one and some

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Fly Fishing Gifts
Jason Klass

Unique Fly Fishing Gifts

For the fly angler that has everything… If you have a fly fisher in your life and want to give them a fly fishing gift, you probably have the same dilemma every holiday season:  they already have EVERYTHING so what can I get them?  Even though fly fishers tend to

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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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