a dry and damp Culard

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“This is the Culard, another successful pattern from Hans van Klinken. It has been a hugely successful pattern for me, much more than the well known Klinkhammer Special and the Once and Away. I believe Hans designed the fly for fishing low water conditions on a river, and at that it certainly excels. It has also been a hugely successful stillwater fly for me, rarely letting me down. I normally fish it dry, but, in articles I’ve read it appears Hans also liked to fish it “damp”

from a frenchie’s point of view, this fly’s name is somewhat of an attention getter.
‘Cul’, as in ass, as in Cul de Canard as in CDC is rather well known to mean duck’s ass or in direct translation, ass of duck and for all intents and fly tying purposes, the feathers found surrounding that same derrière.
once the ‘ard’ suffix added, generally use to designate ‘someone who is’ whatever preceded it so, what we’re left with is, and to cut short on my piscatorially-pointless monologue, something like ‘someone who is an ass‘, truly one of the more interesting fly names ever… and now that that’s over please click either pic to access Dennis Shaw‘s most excellent step-by step tutorial for these two very fishy and generalist all around versions of this strangely named fellow over on UKFlyDressingenjoy !

cullard weti’ll be taking these two for a swim in the next few days all over the UK. pics to come !

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