C&DAS “Fly Tying Club”

The “Klink & Dink” method of fly fishing.

The Klinkhammer is a fly developed in the 1980s by the Dutch angler Hans van Klinken. It is a parachute style of fly intended to imitate an emerging caddis, with the whole of the body sitting below the surface of the water whilst the post that the hackle is tied around sits above, making the fly highly visible.

The Klinkhammer is a hugely successful river fly, probably the best there is. In fact, if I had to choose a single dry fly for all of my river fishing, this would be the one. I must have caught thousands of trout and grayling on Klinkhammers so I always make sure I have a good collection of them in my fly box!

Fishing the Klinkhammer as a single fly is very effective, even when there is no sign of rising fish the Klinkhammer will usually bring fish up. However, another effective technique is to fish a Klinkhammer with a small nymph (the “dink”). This is a great way to cover fish that are feeding on nymphs and those that are willing to come up and take a dry.

For the nymph I usually use a size 14 or 16 with a gold, silver or copper bead head, but you can use any nymph you like as long as it’s not so heavy that it sinks the Klinkhammer!

You can either fish the Klinkhammer on a dropper and fish the nymph on the point, or fish the nymph in the “New Zealand” style so that you tie a length of mono directly to the bend of the Klinkhammer hook and attach the nymph to this. However, I have found that problem with the New Zealand method is that the Klinkhammer does not always hook the fish as well because the nylon attached to the bend of the hook can prevent the fish getting hold of the fly properly. I have seen Klinkhammers tied with a loop of strong nylon under the body to which your tippet and nymph can then be attached, although I have no yet tried this method myself.

Another approach is to attach the section of line for the nymph to the eye of the Klinkhammer kook so that the Klinkhammer is attached to both the main leader and the tippet for the nymph. I have found this method better for hooking than the New Zealand style method, although it can result in the leader spinning after a while. Experiment with these different ways of attaching the nymph to see which one you prefer.

The length of tippet between the Klinkhammer and the nymph can be varied to suit the type of water you are fishing, and how deep you plan to fish the nymph. As a general rule, I usually fish the nymph about 3 feet from the Klinkhammer. Note that the Klinkhammer is not intended to suspend the full weight of the nymph below it, so in this case the nymph would not be fishing 3 feet below the Klinkhammer, and the nymph merely follows the Klinkhammer sinking throughout the drift.

I don’t usually tie my Klinkhammers on the standard Klinkhammer style hooks, as they are oversized (a size 18 Klinkhammer hook is comparable to a standard size 12 or 14), and also fairly expensive. Instead I use the Kamasan B100 hook, and tie the majority of my Klinkhammers in sizes 14 and 16. I also like to tie a few with a brightly coloured wing post using orange antron or yarn, as this makes the fly much more visible when there is light reflecting off the water, and the fish don’t seem to mind one bit. A yellow coloured wing post is also good in low light conditions.

I find that when using the Klink and Dink method the nymph can also be more effective than when fished on its own and without a sight indicator. This is because you are able to detect any sign of drag more easily by watching the Klinkhammer, which is in very close contact with the nymph. If the Klinkhammer is drifting naturally without any drag then the nymph should be fishing pretty well too. Also, takes on the nymph can be detected very quickly (indicated by the Klinkhammer disappearing of course), again due to the close proximity of the nymph and the Klinkhammer.

It’s also a good technique to use if you want to fish a dry fly on a fairly long leader but are faced with a headwind, because the weight of the nymph helps to turn the leader over.

If you have never tried this method, I strongly advise that you do so. It’s usually my first line of attack, especially when fishing somewhere new. Give it a go and I’m sure it will become a favourite method for you too!

August 21st 2014.

Wooly Bugger.

Hook: – Size 10 L/S.

Thread: – Olive 8/0.

Tail: – Olive Marabou.

Rib: – Gold Wire.

Body: – Palmer Hackle Olive Cock.

Head Hackle: – Olive Cock.

Head: Gold Bead or Cone 4mm.

Video: Woolly Bugger.


Hook: – Size 12.

Thread: – Olive 8/0.


Tail: – Olive Marabou.

Body: – Olive Dubbing.

Legs: – Olive Partridge.

Shell: – Black: Olive Feather Fibre.

Eyes: – 20lb mono singed with a lighter & coloured with a permanent marker.

Video: Damsel.


August 7th 2014.

Stoats Tail.

Hook: Single, Double, Treble or Tube.

Thread: – Black 8/0.

Tag: – Oval Silver.

Tail: – GP Crest.

Rib: – Oval Silver.

Body: – Black Floss.

Hackle: – Black Cock.

Wing: – Stoats Tail or Black Squirrel.

Video: Stoats Tail




ThursdayJuly 24th 2014.


Hook: – Hanak H260 BL size 10.

Thread: – Black 8/0.

Tail: – Red Floss.

Rib: – Flat Silver Tinsel.

Body: – Black Dubbing.

Hackle: – Black Hen.

Video: Zulu


Hook: – Size 10 B175.

Thread: – Black 8/0.

Tail: – Red Maribou.

Body: – Flat Silver Tinsel.

Rib: – Medium Silver Wire.

Hackle: – Black Hen.

Wing: – Pair of Peacock Sword Tails.

Video: Alexandra

July 3rd 2014.



Hook: – Dry Fly 12 – 16.

Thread: – Brown.

Tail: – 3 Strands Natural Pheasant.

Rib: – Oval Gold.

Body: – Camel Coloured


Wing: – Elk Hair.

Hackle: – Grizzle & Red Game.

Video: not available.




Chironomid Emerger.

Hook: – 16 – 24 Varivas 2200

Thread: – Black 8/0.

Wing Buds: – Midge Flash.

Thorax: – Hare.

Wing: – CDC Natural.

Video: not available.





Flies tied on June 18th 2014 were:-

Balloon Caddis.

Hook: – 12 – 16.

Thread: – Tan 8/0.

Body: – Cinnamon Caddis Dubbing.

Wing: – Elk Hair.

Head: – Yellow Ethafoam.

Video:  Balloon Caddis


GM Caddis Fly.

Hook: – 12 – 16.

Thread: – Tan 8/0.

Body: – Cinnamon Caddis Dubbing.

Wing: – Polypropylene Yarn & Elk.

Head: – Dubbing & Ginger Hackle.

Video: Not available – but below is a step by step sequence for tying.

Photographs supplied by Paul Slaney.


The flies we tied on June 5th 2014 were:-

Blue Winged Olive. Duck Dun Style.

Hook: – 16.

Thread: – Olive.

Tail: – Dun Microfibbetts.

Body: – Olive Dubbing.

Thorax hackle: – Light Dun.

Wing :- Natural CDC

Video: Blue Winged Olive

Sherry Spinner.

Hook: – 16-18.

Thread: – Rust / Orange.

Tail: – Dun Microfibbets.

Body: – Rusty Orange Dubbing.

Wings: – Polypropylene Yarn / CDC

Video: Sherry Spinner

On May 22nd 2014 we tied:-

 Red Tag.

Hook: – 10-16.

Thread: – Black or Brown.

Hackle: – Red/Brown cock hackle (for dry)

Hen hackle (for wet).

Tail: – Red Wool.

Body: – Peacock Herl.

Video:  Red Tag

Diawl Bach.

Hook: – 10-14

Thread: – Black or Brown.

Tail: – Brown Cock Hackle Fibres.

Rib: – Fine Copper Wire.

Body: – Peacock Herl.

Hackle: – (Beard) Brown Cock Hackle Fibres.

Video: Diawl Bach a little different from the photo as it is in black and has a “wing bud” but it is a good reference guide.

  On May 8th we tied:-

 Usk Naylor

Hook: – Kamazan B175 # 12-14

Thread: – Pearsils Gossamer 8# Purple.

Hackle: – Andalusian Blue Hen (or dark dun).

Tail: – Bronze Mallard Barbs.

Body: – Bronze Mallard.

Rib: – Fine Gold Wire.

Tag: – Pearsils Gossamer 8# Purple.

 Videos:  Usk Naylor  by Hans Weilenmann. or better still  Usk Naylor by Mark Roberts This is the “definitive pattern”.




Hook: – Tube ???

Thread: – Black 8/0

Body: – Black Floss

Rib: – 5 turns of Silver Mylar (to suit tube).

Throat Wing : – Yellow Bucktail/Squirrel or Artic  Fox tied to end of tube extension.

Top Wing : – Black Bucktail/Squirrel or Artic Fox  tied long enough to suit hook size.


Video: Tosh I can only find the “Posh Tosh” at the moment.

Paige demonstrated the “Usk Naylor” in order to be able to include the session in her Portfolio which is part of the process towards her achieving her GAIA professional qualification as a coach for Game Angling, Casting & Fly Tying. She will be able to apply for this award in three years time when she reaches the age of sixteen.

We all wish you every success Paige with your quest for qualifications.



On the 24th April we tied:-

The flies tied were as shown below plus a “special” invented by Geraint which embraced both patterns.

The next session will be on Thursday 8th of May at The Bear Hotel.

Gold Head Hare’s Ear Nymph.

 Hook: – 12-18 down eyed Kamazan B175 or B170.

Thread: – 8.0 or 14.0 sheer.

Body: – Hare’s ear dubbing.

Head: – Brass Bead. –

Video: Gold Head Hare’s Ear

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Hook: – 12-18 down eyed Kamazan B175 or B170.

Thread: – 8.0 or 14.0 sheer.

Body: – Centre Tail Cock Pheasant.

                                                               Rib: – Copper wire.

               Video:    Pheasant Tail Nymph

On the 10th April 2014.

We had a good turn out of about 15 members at the C&DAS Fly Tying Club on Thursday 10th April.

The demonstrations were greatly improved with the use of a Video/Projector which made observations much easier.

Members agreed that they would like the sessions to be held every two weeks instead of just once a month.

These were the Flies which were tied:-

Black F-Fly

Hook:- Fine wire dry fly hook size14

Thread:- Black

Body:- Black Dubbing

Wing:- 2 CDC tips

Video:  Black ‘F’ Fly

Partridge and Lugg

Hook:- Kamasan B175 size 14

Thread:- Brown

Body:- Hares Ear Dubbed

Rib:- Fine Gold Wire

Hackle:- Brown Partridge Feather.

Here’s the video. It’s a little different from the version we tied as it has a tail, nevertheless it is a good aide memoire.        Video: Partridge & Lugg


C&DAS launched their “Fly Tying Club” on March 13th at The Bear Hotel in “The Conference Room”.

We are pleased to say that 20 people turned up which included 3 juniors and 5 guests.

It was agreed for the immediate future that we would meet on the 2nd Thursday of every month between 7pm – 9pm.

Members were given a choice between bringing their own materials or pay a subscription of £5 per session where all material would be provided.

They all voted to pay the £5 subscription.

There will be no charges for Juniors. This will not be a “profit making event” any residues of money left over will be deposited into the “Junior Academy” fund.

We got off to a good start with 20 “pupils” which included 3 Juniors and 5 guests.

Check out the videos for the “CDC & Elk Hair Caddis Fly” & a variant of the Black Spider “The Black Magic Spider Fly” below:-

Check out the videos for the “CDC & Elk Hair Caddis Fly” & a variant of the Black Spider “The Black Magic Spider Fly” below:-

Getting in for a closer look.

Geraint demonstrating a CDC & Elk Hair Caddis pattern.

We started with a CDC & Elk Hair Caddis pattern.

Video:   CDC & Elk Hair Caddis

We finished the evening with a “Black Spider” pattern.

Click on the link below for a video of a variant of this fly. “The Black Magic Spider Fly”

Video: Black Spider

Just to show that it works, Justin copied the CDC&Elk Hair Caddis pattern off our website

(see website in the background of the photo) and produced a few of these flies.

This is one of them.

He then went down to our Glangwryney Court beat and caught two beautiul “Brownies”.


One of them is shown on the left.