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Jason Klass

Ultralight Leader Wallet

I just got back from field testing a prototype of an ultralight leader wallet I’m designing.  The idea is to create a super light, super compact wallet that will store 3-6 leaders and keep them from tangling. I’ve been looking for ultralight ultra-compact leader wallets for a while and found

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Tenkara Beginner
Jason Klass

How Easy is Tenkara? Ask a Beginner!

Meet my wife.  Her name is Guadalupe.  She’s from Argentina.  She’s never fly fished before.  In fact, she’s never even fished a day in her life.  I took her out to the Roaring River below the alluvial fan in Rocky Mountain National Park, put a Tenkara USA Ayu in her

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Jason Klass

Tenkara Simplicity

[/caption] As Tenkara catches on more and more in the U.S., I have yet to see one description of it lacking the following adjective:  simple.  Mainly by virtue of not using a reel, Tenkara is certainly simpler than what most Western fly fishers are accustomed to–and that is probably its

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Jason Klass

Tenkara Lake Fishing

[/caption]   While Tenkara fishing is often pigeonholed as being only for small streams, I’ve recently fallen in love with Tenkara fishing in lakes.  Just as the lack of a reel and the ability to shoot line force you to change your technique on rivers, so too does Tenkara force

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Jason Klass

The Trico Ultralight Fly Fishing Pack

This was a fly fishing pack I always wanted but didn’t exist. So I designed it myself. PLEASE NOTE: The Trico is no longer available as I’ve been unable to secure a new sewer to produce it. If you’ve got a lead on someone who will and help me put

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Jason Klass

Bamboo Tenkara Line Holder

While I appreciate (OK, drool over) innovation and technological advances, sometimes, tried-and-true traditional gear has a certain allure that I just can’t resist.  I recently posted about a tenkara line management system that is very practical and functional, yet lacks the quaintness and charm of what I got in the

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The Ebira Rod Quiver

The Ebira is a rod quiver for tenkara fly rods such as Tenkara USA  rods and the Backpacking Light Hane.  It features a removable pocket to hold a fly box and tippet spools that can be accessed without taking the quiver off.  “Ebira” means “quiver” in Japanese and while they

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Balloon caddis
Jason Klass

The Balloon Caddis Has Landed

After my recent blog post on how to tie the balloon caddis, a lot of people emailed me asking if they could buy them somewhere because they don’t tie.  Today, I’m happy to announce that the Balloon Caddis is in the gear shop.  For now, I’ve only got it in

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Jason Klass

5 Tips to Reduce the Weight of Your Backpack Fly Fishing Kit

A while back, I wrote about a simple fly fishing setup for backpacking. As fly fishers, we have an intrinsic advantage when it comes fishing on overnight and multi-day backpacking trips. Unlike other styles of fishing, we aren’t condemned to carrying heavy, bulky tackle like spinning reels, weighted lures, etc.

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Jason Klass

The “Traffic Jam” Trico Cluster

If you’d rather fish a #14 fly during a heavy Trico hatch than a #22, check out the Traffic Jam How to Tie the Traffic Jam Trico Cluster from Jason Klass on Vimeo. How to Tie the Traffic Jam Trico Cluster from Jason Klass on Vimeo. Many of us who

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A Simple Line Management Method for Tenkara Fly Fishing

A Simple Tenkara Line Management System from Jason Klass on Vimeo. If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your Tenkara line when you collapse your rod to move from spot to spot, here’s a simple, cheap DIY solution that might work for you.  BTW, if you’re not fond of

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De-Fishing Soap

De-Fishing Soap from Jason Klass on Vimeo. Anyone who has fished on a backpacking trip and retired to your tent for the night has probably had a thought lurking in the back of their mind before drifting off to sleep: Am I going to end up as bear dinner? Luckily,

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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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