Klinkhamer hi-speed video

Klinkhamer hi-speed video

t.z. | Friday, 16 March 2018

Fly tying, like in any other craftsmanship. can be understood as an assembly of modules. This basic concept makes it also “learnable”. Approach each module on it’s own until mastered, and then put these modules together.

The Klinkhamer is regarded by many as complicated. I tend to agree as this pattern consists of several modules and lots of steps. However, breaking it down in digestible steps helps to learn it.

the steps:

Wing / wing-post: Antron yarn tied as underbody
Abdomen: Dubbed and ribbed over the antron underbody.
Thorax: Peacock herl wound around the thread and onto the hook-shank
Hackle: Parachute hackle whip finished under itself by the wing post.

The biggest hassle is to get the wing post stabilised. Nope, you do not need glue!!! That’s rather counterproductive in my eyes. The trick is to use the thread reinforced peacock herl “rope” as a base to pinch the wing-post with.

Another important factor is the amount of antron yarn for the wing-post. Many don't use enough and then struggle with the lack of stability cause by too little material.

Make note of that the thread is used to keep the fly under tension. Do not break the tension is my mantra to a good fly. Try to imagine the thread’s way on the fly in your mind.

Have a look at the video. I think the hi-speed video format helps to see the various modules coming together. However, practice all the modules separately before. Step 3 and 4 are the same modules as in the Red Tag and partly in the Griffith’s Gnat.

The video below is in very hi-speed to keep it under the one minute instagram limit for video. I find these hi-speed vids interesteing for various reasons. It's amazing how much information that can be communicated in such a short period, and it allows for watching the process several times in a very short amount of time. Subconcious learning is something I like very much. I personally have a hard time following long explanations, but learn very quick by just watching a process in real time. The videos in the iBook are very close to real time, and are around 3 minutes in average. On top they feature undertext. 

The shown pattern is part of the book, but be aware of the "extra speed" due to the instgram time limit. As said, the vids in the book are on real time, not on "coke".

(c) t.z. - 2018

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Written by 
Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. 

Thomas is the author of "Fly Tying - Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling which is availbale on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1333532292