Klinkhamer Variations – LDO Emerger
I love the versatility and robustness of the Klinkhamer; the pattern’s silhouette, buoyancy properties, and it’s ability to seemingly ‘bring fish up from the deep’ is simply amazing. Above all, the pattern is generally a quick and easy to tie, and is a perfect example of a pattern which allows the tier to alter it’s size, colour, and materials without affecting it’s overall fish-ability.
With this in mind, I was recently commissioned to supply a number of Klinkhamers, however, my client required the pattern to be smaller than my standard offering – tied on the size #16 Partridge Klinkhamer Extreme 15BNX…a big hook by normal standards. That said, Hans Van Klinken himself doesn’t class anything smaller than a size #14to be a ‘true’ Klinkhamer.
My ‘new’ smaller offerings include an emerging Large Dark Olive and Blue Winged Olive, both of which have been tested to death, and are working really well. I’d be hard pressed (or comfortable) to fish anything but an Klinkhamer Special/LT Caddis, but these are two examples of how the Klinkhamer ‘construct’ can be used to effectively match the hatch.
Long live the Klinkhamer!
Hook: Fulling Mill/Hyabusa Living Larva #14
Thread: Sheer 14/0, tan
Post: TMC AeroDry Wing, fluorescent pink
Hackle: Whiting Pro Grade Saddle, grizzle
Tails: Microfibbets, tan
Body: Fly-Rite Extra Fine Poly Dubbing, Medium Brown/Dun Variant (#39)
Thorax: Fly-Rite Extra Fine Poly Dubbing, Medium Brown/Dun Variant (#39)