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Amano Kebari
Jason Klass

Classic Tenkara Flies: The Amano Kebari

If you were to put together a lineup of flies that iconically represented modern tenkara, the Amano kebari would be a sure candidate. It was invented by legendary Japanese tenkara angler Katsutoshi Amano and is the only fly he ties! Read a little more about Amano-san here. He ties it

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Winter Fly Fishing
Jason Klass

Keeping Busy During The Winter Doldrums

I love winter fishing. For the same reasons the warm-blooded amongst us do: fewer crowds, less pressure on the fish, no biting insects, and just overall quiet solitude–serenity amidst a white, Norman Rockwell blanket of snow. Of course, there are also downsides to winter fishing. Here in Colorado, many of

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Tenkara Talk Giveaway
Jason Klass

Tenkara Talk February Giveaway

Giveaway Ends Tuesday, February 28th 2023 This contest has ended Countdown Last month I wrote an article on one of my favorite little gadgets: the Higonokami Knife. Well this month, I’m giving away one brand new, authentic 100mm brass Higonokami! To enter, click below & “follow” the Tenkara Talk Facebook

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How to blend dubbing
Jason Klass

How to Make Your Own Dubbing Blends

Making your own dubbing blends is not only simple and fun, but also opens up a vast realm of new creative possibilities for your flies. And you can get started today with things you probably already have! How-to segment starts at 04:23  

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Tenkara no Oni Yellow Kebari
Jason Klass

The Yellow Oni Kebari

When I got my new tamo (net) from Tenkara no Oni a couple of days ago, he slipped a few of his flies in the box (as he usually does). I already had some I got professionally framed several years ago that hang right above my fly tying desk. Two

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fly tying scissors for tenkara
Jason Klass

A Case for Traditional Sewing Scissors

If put to a vote, I’d bet the majority of fly tyers would elect scissors as the most important tool on their desks. There are a lot of other tools you could easily go without, but scissors are essential for sculpting a tidy, respectable fly. As you might imagine, I’ve

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DIY Dubbing Teaser and Hook Wand
Jason Klass

A Handy DIY Gadget for the Tying Desk AND Afield

  Sometimes, I find overlaps between tools I use at the tying desk and tools I could (and should) also use afield. Case in point: scissors. I used to trim materials from my flies on-stream to better suit the situation at hand using my tippet clippers. But I found that

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Tups Indispensable
Jason Klass

The Tups Indispensable (Tenkara Style)

Many years ago, I was gifted a small bag of dubbing from an English acquaintance of mine. I had no idea what I was holding in my hand at the time and little did I know that it would eventually fuel a minor obsession that countless others had fallen into

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Higonokami Knife
Jason Klass

The Higonokami: A Good Knife for the Tenkara Lifestyle

If you visit my tying desk, you’ll notice two gadgets that have taken up permanent residence on the base of my vise: my scissors, and a Higonokami knife. The former would certainly make sense at a tying desk. The latter might seem a little odd, yet it’s nonetheless just as

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Understanding wader repair policies
Jason Klass

Wader Repair Guarantees: A Cautionary Tale

Recently, a friend of mine sent his waders in to Simms to be repaired. Two weeks after he mailed them, he got a message saying it would be another 2-3 weeks before they’d be ready. So that’s a total of at least 4-5 weeks that he’ll be without them. De

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How to tie on eyeless tenkara hooks
Jason Klass

How to Tie a Loop on to an Eyeless Tenkara Hook

I get this question all the time: “how to I attach a loop eye to an eyeless hook? Is there a video showing it?” Every single time, I tell myself I’m going to make a simple video about it, but the idea soon falls victim to the same fate as

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Win free tenkara flies
Jason Klass

Colorado Tenkara Anglers January Giveaway

Giveaway Ends Saturday, January 14th, 2023: This giveaway has ended. Countdown This month’s giveaway exclusively for CTA members is one dozen beautiful tenkara flies tied by professional tyer and CTA member Joesph Egry. Joe was a fishing buddy of mine here in Colorado until he moved to Florida for work.

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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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