The weathers changing, more frequent clear skies only means one thing at this time of year.. Frosts! Frosts mean Grayling. Grayling have recently became a big part of fly anglers hit list with more and more fisherman chasing the lady of the stream. This weeks fly of the week is the Klinkhammer, it’s a brilliant all round dry fly, river or lake, summer or winter. This fly is a great searching pattern and will bring the fish up in slow or fast flowing water.
Klinkhammers can be tied on basically any curved hooks. My favourite is the Partridge 15bn, in sizes smaller than 16. Another firm favourite is the Kamasan b100, a lightweight curved hook which has a great profile for representing emergers. Actual ‘Klinkhammer’ hooks seem to be two sizes bigger than stated so have a check before you order any.
Build a layer of White UTC Thread at the thorax, this will help hold the post in place. Take two strands of Funky indicator post in any colour you wish, I usually use white, but black, pink or olive work well, some colours stand out more than others depending on the light. Loop the two strands around the bottom of the hook and pull upwards, this in effect doubles the thickness of the post, it should be four strands thick. This obviously depends of the thickness of your material and the size of the fly.
To secure in place, simply tie over each side of the post, meeting in the middle and then tying around the base of the post. This ensures rigidity of the post and give a great platform for winding the hackle. Tie the hackle in just like you would a wet fly, making sure it sits on top of the hook and securely to the post. Run the thread down the hook trapping the stalk waste side of the hackle.
After a layer of thread has been wound to the hook shank, take your dubbing and apply a rope to your thread. I like to use the super fine dubbing box selection, its colours match the hatch to most insects and it’s fairly easy to blend. Tan is one of my favourites, when it gets wet the colour changes slightly darker. Your dubbing should be bulkier than normal, this give the fly shape and once waterlogged the body will fall into the surface and be held up by the surface area of the hackle. Wind the body towards to bottom of the post, creating a fine and evenly tapered body.
Select two fine strands of peacock herl, take then from the eye of the peacock feather, they’re have less ‘herl’ and make a great thorax. Tie these in behind the post and figure of eight the strands around the tying at the post and run towards the eye. Simply tie this off and attach a hackle pliers to the hackle. Wind the hackle around the post, making each turn of hackle below the previous. This is to make sure you pack as much hackle onto the post as tight as possible.
Lie the hackle down, leaving the pliers hang, secure in with two or three turns of thread ensuring not to trap any fibres. Cut off, and pull the fibres up and back, coming from below the hook. Create a head and simply whip finish off. Apply a small amount of varnish to the head to ensure security.
Klinkhammer Tying Materials
Hook: Partridge 15BN size 12
Thread: UTC White 70 Denier
Post: Funky Indicator Post
Hackle: Red Game
Body: Tan – Super fine dubbing
Thorax: Peacock herl
Written by Kieron Jenkins