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With a nod to tradition and a passion for Tenkara Americana, the Tenkara Talk Blog features hundreds of gear reviews, fly tying tutorials, DIY hacks, and presentation techniques.

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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Tenkara Talk January Giveaway
Jason Klass

Tenkara Talk January Giveaway

Giveaway Ends Sunday, January 8th, 2023: This contest is over. Congratulations James Knittle! Countdown Now that I’ve convalesced to the point where I can turn my attention back to this blog, I’ve decided to start a monthly giveaway. This first one includes: Two Tenkara Talk all-weather stickers Three of my

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DIY Entomology Kit for Fly Fishing
Jason Klass

How to Make a Simple Entomology Kit for Fly Fishing

I recently started a new hobby: pipe smoking. And already, I can see many parallels between it and tenkara. That’s for another article, but one thing I’m particularly struck by (or perhaps reminded of) is that just like learning tenkara, fly fishing, climbing, guitar, stamp collecting, or any new endeavor,

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Tenkara Satoki Rod Review
Jason Klass

Tenkara USA Satoki Rod Review

Over the last few years, it’s been rare for Tenkara USA to release a new rod. For a decade, they relied on their same tried-but-true rods like the Iwana, Ito, etc. to carry their lineup and built a following around it without really developing new rods or innovating their existing

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DIY Wine Cork Fly Dryer
Jason Klass

DIY Wine Cork Fly Dryer

Using a patch to dry your flies while fishing is a good practice for at least two reasons. The first is that you never want to put a wet fly back into your fly box (that is, unless you want to start a rusty hook collection). The second is that

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Wader Bag
Jason Klass

How I Pack My Wading Gear (+2 Tips)

 Here’s my new super-compact wading bag and what I carry in it. Over the years, I’ve whittled down my wading system to be much simpler by observing my own habits. In this video, I show you what I carry and why. And toward the end of the video, I

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Tenkara Strike Indicator
Jason Klass

New Tenkara Line Sighters (Strike Indicators)

ATTENTION: I was inundated with orders on these and it became too time consuming so I am no longer making them. Sorry.  I posted on Facebook about a line sighter (strike indicator) that I developed specifically for tenkara and the level of interest was not surprising. One of the biggest

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The Junk Drawer Fly Box
Jason Klass

The Junk Drawer Fly Box

There’s one in every home. Whether it’s in the kitchen, the garage, or the laundry room, we all have … a junk drawer. It’s a catch all for things we think we might need one day (but never do), yet miraculously becomes a lifeline in those odd situations we never

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How to pack tenkara gear
Jason Klass

How I Carry My Tenkara Gear

 Tenkara gear is so light and compact, it can fit into just about any adventure. My Yonah Tenkara Pack is about as dialed in as I can think I can get in terms of tackle, but sometimes, you need to carry more. Here is a Facebook live video I

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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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