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How to Tie the Klinkhamer Special

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Videographer and tier Tim Flagler:

“Ideally, no matter what size or color Klinkhamer you’re tying, you should have a nicely tapered abdomen, which will hang down below the water’s surface. The multiple hackle wraps along with the floatability of the yarn, will help  the top part of the fly to float and be visible on top of the water. Hackle length is up to you, but as I said before, I prefer a little longer.”

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  • Steve Root

    Is it just me….or is it strange to see you use something other than Olive 6/0 thread? Very good video. I wish I could estimate the correct amount of dubbing as well as you do!

  • mike miller

    this a nice fly. I have used Gamakatsu C15-BV hooks for this fly, works great. Yes you do have a nack for measuring out the right amount of dubbing.

  • Fred Rickson

    The Klinkhammer always congers up, in me, the role “access to media” plays in fly fishing. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lefty or Joe Hee Haw; if you get a write-up, you invented sliced-bread.

    The fly now called a Klinkhammer was called a “Low Rider” by a few folks who came up to Oregon from California, and fished the legendary trout ponds of Davis Lake and Crane Prairie in the early ’70s. The locals also used the names “Sweet Lips” and “Hot Lips,” but that’s another story…as is Jerry Cate and the Cate’s Turkey. Anyhow, someone used a scud hook, or bent a hook, tied a parachute and caught fish. We all thought mayfly because chironomids hadn’t been invented yet. The Low Rider came from the Latino cars of California and how the fly sat in the water. Clever, no?

    So, Klinkhammer gets an “A” for promotion, and that style does fool fish no matter when it came about.