Dry Flies

The Klinkhamer Special
Hans Van Klinken
Tied and presented by Marc Madore

Almost twenty years ago Hans Van Klinken, a Dutch fly fisher and Tyer tied his first Klinkhamer Special. Since that time, the pattern has evolved a little but more importantly, has caught fish literally all over the world! No small feat for modern flies. The Klink as it is sometimes called, resembles a standard parachute pattern on steroids. The real difference other than size is the hook that is used for it and the attitude of the fly when in/on the water. This last bit is important. The fly rests on the water with all but the hackle and wing submerged. This attitude gets the body looking like an emerging or I guess even an ovipositing insect. It also gets the business end of the hook down so the fish can more easily impale itself on it.

My friend Marc Madore volunteered to tie this pattern for you. What follows are his and Hans Van Klinken's descriptions of how to tie this pattern. ~ Ronn


It's important to know where to fish the Klink, (on the edge of the rip). If one wishes to apply a flotant, do not use on body. I have used other low water hooks with success as long as they are bent at 20 deg as shown below. In fact they are lighter and less costly.
All the best, Marc

The Klinkhamer Special

    Hook: Partridge GRS15 ST, #8 - #18 for Grayling and Trout, CS54, #6 & #4 for Salmon.

    Thread: UNI-Thread 8/0 Grey or tan for body, Spiderweb for parachute.

    Body: Poly II dubbing, any colour of preference.

    Wing: One to three strands of white poly yarn depending on hook size and water to be fished.

    Thorax: Three to six herls.

    Hackle: Blue dun, dark dun, light dun, chestnut, all good colours matched to body.

    Note: For flies tied on the CS54, I double the amount of poly yarn, herl and hackle windings. Hans

Instructions: The Klinkhamer Special

1. If you use the CS54 hooks, it is necessary to reshape the hook shank. Slightly curve the straight part of the shank to more closely resemble the GRS15 ST.

2. Wrap the shank of the hook with tying thread as shown. This provides a stable base for the wing and keeps it stationary when fishing the fly.

3. Take a length of poly yarn the appropriate length for the hook size and taper the end. This is to ensure that the body will be as slim as possible and somewhat tapered. Tie the wing to the top of the hook as shown.

4. Wrap the thread over the end of the wing butt and back to the base of the wing. Strip the bottom of the hackle, attach it to the wing and take tight turns around the wing and hackle to provide a base on which to apply the hackle later. (I tie my hackle up the post after the herl is attached. It gives more support for many turns. Marc)

5. Wrap thread to the end of the body; apply just enough dubbing to cover the hook as shown.

6. Tie in the herl by the tips as shown. (Neither Marc nor Hans do this but, I normally make a loop of my tying thread to incorporate with the herl. Then simply attach hackle pliers to the ends of the herl and thread loop and twist them fairly tight. Ronn)

7. Apply the herl, tie off and finish the head as shown. Attach the Spiderweb thread and cover the base of the wing to receive the hackle.

8. Reposition the hook as shown. (One must pay attention when repositioning the hook in the jaws of the vise not to cut the thread/dubbing! Marc)

9. Wrap the hackle from the top to the bottom with many turns. A lightly hackled fly will not support the heavy hooks. This fly has 12 turns of hackle. Secure well with a few wraps around the base of the wing and hackle between the wound hackle and the herl and whip finish there also. Use a little head cement on the hackle tie off and finish area. (Tying off and finishing the fly/parachute hackle this way is much easier than the more common way of tying off the hackle at the eye. Hans)

10. The finished fly.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you might have about these patterns. You can reach me at rlucas@cybcon.com or 503-654-0466.

Also, I will be happy to accept any flies you would like to tie and send to me for inclusion in this series. I will need the fly, it's recipe, any pattern info and, a short personal bio. I will try to include every fly we get in the appropriate section. The only limitation is that the patterns used must be for Salmon and/or Steelhead. This includes the display flies too.

Happy Trails! ~ Ronn Lucas, Sr.

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