Fly Tying- Hans and his Klink

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 !


Dry Fly hackle preparation

by Barry Ord Clarke

hackle prep 1 BOC

from a recently started ongoing series of fly tying tips and tricks for the beginning fly tier, today’s tutorial is a vital skill for any tier and maybe one that a lot of ‘confirmed’ tiers might want to review.
the reason i bring up that last point is throughout the years, whether in person or on countless online tying videos we’ll often see hackles tied in a ‘come whatever’ haphazard way. a well-meaning friend once told me “If you put it in sideways it’ll stay sideways… “ and this for sure applies to hackles as well !
a solid, secure and properly angled hackle will be so much easier to work with leaving a visually pleasant final result but more importantly, an overall higher effectiveness * of the hackle when it’s fishing.

hackle prep 2 BOC

* (ok, there are no absolutes but i’m referring to the traditional hackled dry fly as portrayed in the step-by-step following the hackle prep technique)

for more of this series be sure to check out Barry’s page The Feather Bender (what an appropriate name… 😉 ) and click either pic above for both the hackle prep and traditional dry fly step-by-step tutorials. enjoy !