This fly will be the final Deadly Dozen Superfly article in my series. I wanted to include a unique and different fly that may not be familiar to most fly guys. This fly is also a true Superfly that you need to include in your arsenal of Superflys.
Hail the KlinkHammer!
The key to any fly’s success is presentation. The fly must be the right size, color, speed, and look like dinner.
I call Klinkhammers “Iceberg Flies”. Most of the fly is below the water line. It would be a Titanic mistake to think that fish will not like this unique design. These flies were originally tied for Grayling. The Dutch Angler Hans Van Klinken came up with the concept in the 1980’s. Now with European, Czech, and other global fly fishermen, it is becoming something newer.
The hackle wing needs to be the floater, above the water line. Weight is important when making this fly as light and floatable as possible. In America, fly guys use a hopper dropper to solve their presentation problems. The Klinkhammer looks and presents much more naturally.
Another suggestion is to use a high vis wing, so that the top of the fly serves as a strike indicator. The strikes are often subtle, so seeing is believing. Klinkhammers are perfect for still water fly presentation. They match midge hatches well.
You can YouTube how to tie and fish these new flies. Using a fine Scud Hook will help with hook ups. A Larva hook is also a good choice over straight hooks. I have found that a size 14 seems best for almost every application that I have fished. Even though it may seem bigger than the midges, it works well.
Using a good floatant and dessicant powder helps. Also remove flies carefully to improve the fly’s durability. Forceps are helpful.
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