As a follow up to my last blog entry I have produced a step by step guide to how I tie my Klinkhamers, this is by no means the only way to tie Klinkhamers...I have seen many many different versions all of which have merit.
What I tried to achieve (as a realitive beginner) was to tie the pattern close to what Hans van Klinken originally tied. The body dubbing and hackle colours can be changed to represent different hatches.
Hook: #14-20 Partridge 15BNX Klinkhamer Extreme
Thread: UTC70 Tan
Wing Post: TMC Aero Dry Wing
Hackle: Good Quality Cock Grizzle (colour to suit)
Body: Flyrite #5 Rust
Thorax: Peacock Herl (3 Strands)
Thread: Danville's Spiderweb
Catch in the thread and then tie on the wing post material
just above where the hook is cranked using 'pinch and loop'
Trim off waste post material with an angled cut
to aid smooth taper, put some wraps in front
of the post to force it into an upright position. Then
carefully wind thread up the post around 2 or 3 mm.
Catch in the hackle then wrap the stem up the post
Wind the thread down to just short of halfway around
the bend in touching turns.
Apply dubbing to thread and wrap up the body
to just short of the wing post...creating a slight
taper as you go.
Tie in the peacock herl, then using hackle pliers
attached to both the thread & herl spin together
to create a herl rope.
Wrap the herl around the wing post to create a thorax,
then whip finish just behind the eye.
The hook then needs re-positioning vertical in the
vice and the spiderweb thread is then attached
just above the thorax.
The hackle then needs to be wrapped around the
post to create the parachute, do not over do this
process...2 or 3 wraps is normally enough.
The hackle is then tied off with the spiderweb and
consolidated with a couple of spots of varnish placed
at the base of the hackle and wing post. The excess
wing post is trimmed to the required length to finish off.