Video: How to Tie the Klinkhåmer Special

Dutch fly tier Hans van Klinken first tied the pattern that bears his name in 1984, and the first place he fished it was Norway’s Glomma River. He calls it the Klinkhåmer Special, but it’s also often referred to as simply a Klinkhamer or Klinkhammer. Whatever you call it, the thing catches fish because of the way that the body hangs below the surface, imitating an emerging mayfly or midge. You can read a long explanation of how van Klinken came up with the fly, as well as how he ties it by clicking here.

In this instructional video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions shows how he ties the Klinkhamer, and his methods of preparing and attaching each material is key to producing a perfect fly in an efficient manner. His technique for wrapping the hackle around the post is brilliant and it produces a great-looking Parachute pattern

          Klinkhåmer Special
          Hook: Orvis Czech Nymph Hook, size 12.
          Thread: Black, 6/0.
          Post/underbody: White polypropylene yarn.
          Body: Tan Super Fine dubbing.
          Thorax: Peacock herl.
          Hackle: Medium Dun dry-fly hackle, slightly oversize.
          Adhesive: Head cement.
          Tools: Bobbin with extra-long nozzle.
          Note: Change the colors to match the naturals.

7 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Klinkhåmer Special”

    1. I’ve done exceptionally well with it here in the Northeast US over the years. For me anyway, it seems to perform better during caddis hatches than it does during mayfly hatches.

  1. Although this tying is good it is not to the original design. The definitive version on how to tie the Klinkhamer is shown in detail on the dvd “Oliver Edwards Big Dry’s for Fast Rivers” – in the dvd Edwards (who is a Orvis endorsed guide and flytyer) – shows the correct way to tie the hackle in and create the wing post and also the abdomen on the version shown above is to short. Edwards was shown how to tie the fly in detail by H V Klinken himself.

    1. Hi Tony,

      If you watch enough of these Tightline videos, you’ll note that Tim Flagler often strays from the original pattern. If you want to see Mr. van Klinken himself tie the pattern, click here.

  2. If the dubbing is just to color the abdomen, would it make sense to just use thread in the desired color to cover the under body?

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