hard to think of a trout fly fisher anywhere around the Globe that hasn’t heard of or used Hans van Klinken’s notorious Klinkhammer emerger, one of the rare true innovations the fly tying world has seen in what seems like millenia.
lots of tiers from that very same Globe have made tutorials for this particular pattern and they’re pretty much all pretty good if not actually great but one thing’s missing: they’re not Hans.
generally speaking i guess, the way i see it is no matter how close one tries to stay close to the original, there’s always a slight personalization when translating someone else’s work and as such they become variants. there’s obviously nothing wrong with those variants, however from a learning perspective, and again this is just my own point of view, it’s of greater interest to learn from the original and vary from there instead of learning from variants and varying even more.
with a good portion of the important aspects of this fantastic pattern’s how-to details highlighted/blown up in split-screen, we’ll get it straight from the horse’s mouth whilst simultaneously having the opportunity to admire Hans’ glorious man-belly. enjoy !
Fly: Hans van Klinken, Photograph: Hans Weilenmann
” After a few attempts I decided on a tying a fly that I thought might be successful. It was with considerable interest that I tried it out. My confidence in it was established within the first few casts. In the same time as it had taken me to catch fish on the previous day I caught many more. I called the fly the “Once and Away”, since I had a great deal of difficulty in getting the pattern to float again after it had been dragged down by a fish. When I came home. I change the dressing to a better-looking and more durable pattern. To find a reasonable solution was not at all easy and drove me almost crazy. Finely after three months it was the thoughts behind the Rugged Caddis and Culard, which give me the answer. It is still funny to say and confess that just a simple cutting operation on the fly design cost me months to find out. Again I developed a pattern were CDC has been used against all rules. “
just goes to show that some rules are better bent…
here we have the origin of the ShuttleCock style of emergers from it’s creator, Hans Van Klinken of ‘KlinkHammer’ fame (and many more). featured along with the complete step-by-step of the original pattern is the story behind this most excellent fly and its design. great inspiring stuff indeed ! (and a reminder that duck roadkill should never be ignored)
click the pic for the full tutorial on Hans Weilenmann’s excellent site Flytier’s Page, enjoy !
“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 UKFlyDressing. enjoy !
i’ll be taking these two for a swim in the next few days all over the UK. pics to come !