Tenkara Blog

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.

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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Fly Tying Vise Modifications
Jason Klass

2 Ridiculously Simple Hacks for your Fly Tying Vise

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but sometimes, the best innovations come from the humble junk drawer. Yesterday I was rummaging through (one of) mine and stumbled across two pieces of clutter that inspired me to improve my experience at the bench. They’re extremely simple, but worth a share.

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Tenkara Chest Pack
Jason Klass

What’s Inside my Tenkara Chest Pack?

After more than three decades of trying countless carry systems, I think I’ve found my Holy Grail. It’s everything I want: light, compact, ergonomic, and provides quick, easy access to everything I need exactly when and where I need it. All systems are prone to evolution if the right opportunities

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Tenkara in Retail
Jason Klass

Why Tenkara Fails in Retail

For years, I’ve dreamt about walking into my local fly shop one day and seeing a section specifically dedicated to tenkara gear–they way they do in Japan. Well, it’s been well over a decade now and it still hasn’t happened. Buying a rod (especially if it’s a first rod) is

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Seido Tenkara Fly Box
Jason Klass

Seido Fly Box from Fairy River

I just got my new Seido GL fly box from Fairy River and couldn’t be happier with it. Fairy River is based in Serbia and specializes in wooden fly boxes and accessories as well as conventional leaders and tenkara lines. If you’re thinking it looks familiar, that’s probably because the

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Spring Futsu Kebari
Jason Klass

Spring Futsu Kebari

An old adage says that lighter colored flies work best in the spring. Whether you call them “PMDs”, “PEDs”, or just plain “Sulphurs”, I think trout get keyed in on a lighter color during this time of year. This fly works well even though it doesn’t exactly “match the hatch”

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Tenkara contest
Jason Klass

Tenkara Spring Giveaway!

This contest has ended Spring is upon us and for many, that means the beginning of trout season. So to celebrate, I’m giving away a little swag. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below with your #1 tenkara tip to share with others. Winners will

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Jason Klass

Is Tenkara Getting too Complicated?

Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion online about using data to choose a tenkara rod. This is driven by the fact that someone new to tenkara can’t walk into their local fly shop and test cast a variety of brands like they can with conventional fly rods–they just don’t

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Best Tenkara Flies
Jason Klass

My Top 5 Flies for Tenkara

Asking a fly angler to pick their favorite fly pattern is a little like asking a mother to name her favorite child. We love them all for different reasons. But if pressed, most anglers will be able to come up with at least a short list. So, I thought 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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