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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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Perrine Fly Box
Jason Klass

Vintage Perrine #100 Fly Box

I’ve always had a fetish fro fly boxes–their design, their secret contents, the patina they eventually show from streamside adventures untold. Today’s modern fly boxes have no soul. They’re too practical and ugly–all plastic, foam, silicone, and gaudy graphics. I prefer a good wooden or aluminum box. One that would

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Wet Fly Tips
Jason Klass

A Simple Trick for Wet Flies

As a young fly fisher just starting out, it seems everyone wants to give you advice. Some of it is helpful but some of it is just downright absurd and you develop a sense of how to discern between the two the deeper you get into your fishing career. One

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Japanese Lantern Sakasa Kebari
Jason Klass

The Improved Japanese Lantern

In 2014, I came up with a pattern that became my go-to fly for many years: the Japanese Lantern. It was just a simple sakasa kebari, but instead of thread for the head, I used pearlescent Mylar to give it a little flash. The fly performed swimmingly and I had

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Garrison Keillor Fly Fishing
Jason Klass

The Lake Wobegon Special

People often share which kinds of music they listen to while they’re tying flies. Music and tying just seem to go hand-in-hand for many. For me though, it was always listening to A Prairie Home Companion on NPR. This is back when it was still hosted by Garrison Keillor who

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Wasatch Tenkara Rods FB
Jason Klass

Interview with Ruben Garza of Wasatch Tenkara

In my interview with Ruben Garza, the owner and founder of Wasatch Tenkara Rods, we discuss rod design theory, new products, tenkara flies, ice fishing (gasp), and more. I hope you find it as interesting as I did to get a little inside the mind behind one of tenkara’s most

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FB Futsu Kebari
Jason Klass

Weighted Futsu Kebari

Yes, I know. The party line is that traditional tenkara flies are unweighted. Purists say that you’re supposed to use plunge pools or longer drifts to sink your flies. But this isn’t always possible (especially on my home waters). Most of my local streams are high-gradient with short, fast-running pockets.

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FB Harrop Dun
Jason Klass

Caribou Harrop Dun

This is a boring fly. But there’s a reason for that. It’s my variation on one of my favorite all-time flies: René Harrop’s Hair Wing Dun. The Hair Wing Dun has proven itself on waters all over the world. It’s easy to tie, floats well, is durable, and versatile. Here’s

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Fly Tying Robot
Jason Klass

Why Robots Can’t Tie Flies

I often see advertising for “hand-tied flies”. This makes me laugh because ALL FLIES ARE HAND TIED! As a marketer by trade and a fly tyer by passion, I find this deceptive and insulting. Who do they think they’re fooling with this messaging? In reality, the majority of commercially available

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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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