Hook - Grip ,14122BL in #14 and #16
Thread - Griffiths 14/0 Sheer in black or UTC 70
Tag - red thread
Abdomen - moose mane one brown and one white hair
Thorax - peacock herl
Post - Antron (colour of choice)
Hackle - grizzly hackle suitably sized for hook size
Legs/feelers - squirrel tail hairs
This variant of the original Hans van Klinken’s Klinkhamer has proved to be a very effective emerger imitation representing the natural insect in the throes of shedding its nymphal exoskeleton and struggling in the tension of the surface film - a vulnerable stage for the naturals and easy pickings for the trout. The Squirrel hair is not only an added trigger representing legs and feelers, but in a light breeze also causes the fly to vibrate giving it the perception of life as the natural insect would do trying to free itself.
The fly can be fished as any dry fly, dead drifting it over the most promising feeding lies, edges of current seams, along undercuts and beneath overhanging vegetation.
Important when adding floatant to the fly is to keep the abdomen free of it to ensure that this section of the fly sinks below the surface as the abdomen does with the natural insect. The use of moose mane as opposed to the usual dubbing for the abdomen also aids it sinking below the surface, just where you want it.
Even when there is no sign of trout rising the fly has proved to be a good searching imitation. There have been days when I have used nothing else other than this little imitation - one fly days.
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