Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Klinkhamer Adams

Fly Tying Demonstration by: NIFTY member Chuck Bagdade
Demonstration Date is: December 1, 2014
Fly: Klinkhamer Adams


Hook: Curved light wire (demo is tied on a Tiemco 2312, bent to shape)
Thread: Gray 8/0 (70 Denier )
Tail: None
Rib: Tying thread
Abdomen: Gray dubbing
Thorax: Peacock herl
Wing: White poly yarn
Hackle: Mixed brown and grizzly

About the Fly:

The “Adams” color combinations were originated by Len Halliday of Traverse City, Michigan for the fly of the same name that needs no introduction here. The Klinkhamer,, or “Klink”, was developed by Dutch tier Hans van Klinken in 1984 as a grayling fly, but it has been proven to be a killer style on trout around the world.

Tying Instructions:

1. Attach the thread, wrap it well back into the curve of the hook, leaving the free end hanging from the rear.

2. Wind a thin dubbed body up to the thorax area, creating a modest taper. Note- Klinkhamers do not like to have a fat body. Then counter wrap the free end of the thread forward in open turns to create a ribbed effect. Secure the rib, and cut off the excess.

3. Tie in a length of poly-type yarn for the wing, then one each brown and grizzly hackle feathers. Create a thread post up the base of the wing; pull the hackles vertically, then secure their stems up the posted section.

4. Tie in three peacock herls behind the wing. Wrap them behind, then in front of, the wing to form the thorax. Tie off and clip the excess herl fibers.

5. Wrap each hackle feather around the wing post, ending at the wing’s base. Tie them off, clip the excess, and form and head.

6. Go fishing.

Note: The preferred hook must extend well down below the surface. Mr. van Klinken also felt that a larger hook size- say, #10 or 12- can be an excellent catcher of trout even when they are feeding on itty bitty bugs.

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