Tying a new pattern is always fun, the reward of mini victories when laying down new threads far outweighs the challenge of having to go back and start again. Whilst researching yesterday, I chanced upon an interesting and well written article about Hans van Klinken, Holland’s now famous designer of the Klinkhamer. What impressed me the most is his pioneering approach – he owes his success to veering off the well trodden path and actively experimenting to solve little riddles.
In my endeavours last night, I learnt that materials make a huge difference and being economical with space on the hook helps to get everything correctly proportioned. So far I have only tied five klinkhamer style flies. I realise it will be a while before I perfect my technique however I am pleased with the results and shall put them to the test (literally!) on Saturday.
My fishing partner this weekend is a discerning professional so I will be concentrating hard when I tie up some for him this afternoon!
As always – thank you for reading