Tenkara Talk Podcast with Jason Klass

Tenkara Talk Podcast with Jason Klass

In this ongoing series, Jason Klass hosts casual conversations with tenkara anglers around the world to explore the most interesting and esoteric facets of our rich sport.


November 15, 2023 57 mins

My friend Kris Franqui owns 75+ tenkara rods--more than anyone I know! We're both confirmed gear junkies who will talk tenkara all day long and love to geek out on every technical detail of our equipment. In this episode, Kris and I explore the nature of gear obsession, and we reveal the specific characteristics we look for when purchasing a new tenkara rod.  

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In 2009, I picked up a tenkara rod for the first time--and never put it down. Like many, my introduction to tenkara was thanks to Tenkara USA, the oldest tenkara company in the U.S. In this episode, I reminisce about what it's like to transition to tenkara with my friend John Geer, the Dealer Services manager for Tenkara USA. John talks to customers and dealers every day so he has his finger on the pulse of what it's like for tenka...

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June 20, 2023 64 mins

Jason Klass of Tenkara Talk and John Vetterli of Tenkara Guides debunk som of the most common myths about tenkara. 

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Jason Klass and Ryan Jordan discuss how tenkara is the ideal method for backcountry fly fishing. 

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April 29, 2023 71 mins

Adam Trahan of Tenkara Fisher and Jason Klass of Tenkara Talk discuss tenkara minimalism and explain how carrying less doesn't mean catching less.

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April 21, 2023 63 mins

In this episode, I tackle the topic of landing big fish with Karin Miller, the founder of Zen Tenkara

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April 11, 2023 55 mins

A boxful of flies is a beautiful thing, but it can also be a little intimidating. How do you decide which one of all of those pretty creations to tie on? My guest Jason Sparks is the Managing Editor for Community Development at Tenkara Angler, the world’s premier tenkara website, and he has some interesting answers to this question. 

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April 9, 2023 57 mins

For some people fishing is a hobby.  For others, It’s a way of life. My friend Dennis Vander Houwen writes about the tenkara lifestyle on his blog, Tenkara Path. In this episode, you’ll catch a glimpse of how our typical conversations go as we explore how to take your tenkara fishing beyond the stream and into every day life.

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April 1, 2023 57 mins

In this episode I talk guide-to-guide with my friend Paul Vertrees, a fly fishing veteran and tenkara guide from Royal Gorge Anglers in Cañon City, Colorado. We cover a variety of behind-the-scenes topics including the differences between western and tenkara guide trips, advice if you're thinking about hiring or becoming a guide, and a few anecdotes about the guide's life. 

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March 25, 2023 68 mins

In this episode, Jason talks with Luong Tam, founder of Tenkara Tanuki about the technical factors that affect rod action, different systems for rod ratings, and more. 

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