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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.

How to choose a tenkara rods
Jason Klass

How to Choose your First Tenkara Rod

As a new tenkara angler, it can be frustrating to figure out which model to get for your first rod. For one thing, tenkara rods aren’t widely available in brick and mortar shops so there’s not a lot of opportunity to “try before you buy”–meaning you’re probably going to have

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Jason Klass

How to make a DIY Fly Box

A while back, I wrote an article about how to make your own fly drying patch out of simple materials. It’s easy and a fun project for winter. But I failed to mention that you can use the same technique for making your own fly boxes and they’re even easier.

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Shetland Spindrift yarn for fly tying
Jason Klass

Sources for Fly Tying Yarn

Here’s a great resource for shorter lengths of Shetland Spindrift yarn–one of my favorite materials for tying simple and durable tenkara flies.

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Tenkara fly fishing memes
Jason Klass

Tenkara Memes Round 8

As far as I know, I was the first person to ever create tenkara-specific memes. I started years ago and kind of trailed off but decided it was time to create a new batch. So here are 17 new ones I just made. I hope at least one of them

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Tenkara Book
Jason Klass

Tenkara Today Book Review

Since introduced to the West, tenkara has taken on many flavors. Some call it cultural appropriation. Some call it assimilation. And there are many purists who have been trying to maintain the traditions of its Japanese origin. But one thing is certain: the use of tenkara gear in the West

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Tenkara Tanuki Retractor
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Retractor

Let’s face it, when it comes to fly fishing accessories, retractors (AKA “zingers”) aren’t the sexiest things. We tend to focus on rods, flies, lines, and other things that are more exciting. But when we get right down to it, we all rely on supplementary tools to help us with

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Hoo Rag
Jason Klass

The Hoo Rag

30 years ago when I started fly fishing, I never thought about sun protection and COVID-19 didn’t exist. But things have obviously changed since then. With the virus and global warming ramping up, it’s especially important to protect yourself (and others) from such things. I always look to finding simple

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Vicuna Alpaca Dubbing
Jason Klass

Vicuña Dubbing

There’s been a lot of buzz around Vicuña dubbing lately and I was lucky enough to get a box from DRAGONTAILtenkara. I’ve probably got hundreds of packages of dubbing dating back 20+ years, but I can tell you, I really like this stuff. First of all, it’s hand-dyed alpaca wool

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Orvis Ultralight Wading boots
Jason Klass

Orvis Ultralight Wading Boots

I’ve been an advocate of felt wading boots for years because I don’t believe the whole theory about felt transmitting invasive species and most rubber-soled boots just don’t have a good grip in the water. But I recently got a pair of Orvis Ultralight wading boots and think they’ve made

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Tenkara on the Rio Grande
Jason Klass

Tenkara on the Rio Grande

I recently returned from a 4-day trip to the Rio Grande with my long-time friend Randy. He drove up there from Arizona and I drove down there from Denver. We both headed to Creede with high hopes. But, in fishing, the higher the hope, the easier it is to be

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Surviving COVID Through FLy Tying
Jason Klass

COVID Tenkara Fly Tying

Like many of you, this pandemic has been difficult for me. I sold my house right before it started and have been house and dog sitting for some friends who were in Guatemala for a couple of months. The library of fly tying tools and materials I’ve collected over the

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Tanuki Tenkara Pocket Ninja
Jason Klass

Tenkara Tanuki Pocket Ninja

My experience with fly fishing gear (and gear in general) is that whenever something tries to be two things at once, it’s usually not good at either of them. Think fly/spin combos. I’ve never seen one that was both a good fly rod AND a good spin rod. It seems

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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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