08-07-2016, 12:23 PM
Re: Grayling flies?
In several articles, Hans Van Klinken has stated that the Klinkhammer was specifically designed to catch grayling. Read in the articles below fishing to grayling on the surface led Hans to design Klinkhammer.
As Hans notes, dry flies that float ON the surface tend to get pushed out of the way by the graying because of the way the Grayling mouth is formed. So if you want to fish dries to grayling, use a parachute type of emerger.
HANS VAN KLINKEN ON HIS KLINKHAMER SPECIAL - TomSutcliffe - The Spirit of Fly Fishing
"Around the same time I discovered that flies that floated in the surface produced much more fish than patterns that were drifting on the surface. I also made another discovery and that probably was one of my biggest in my fly fishing so far. It was the Lady of the Stream, the grayling that brought it to my attention.
At that time I still used shoulder hackle flies a lot and I tied many with a nice strong tail and solid hackle. I like the way they floated high on the surface and I could see the flies very well. I loved to see how the grayling came up for them but then on that certain day when I presented my fly not far out I saw how the fly was pushed aside quite often by an aggressively taking grayling. I gave it a closer look and I saw how they frequently push it up and sideward.
Today I know a lot more about the grayling. Most of the time she will feed on the bottom and she is built for it. For me this is the reason why I missed so many fish with shoulder hackle flies. Grayling can come up at very high speeds to take flies from the surface film, but because of her protruding upper lips, she is actually is a perfect bottom feeder.
Those lips are ideal to pick up snails and larva from the bottom. Still the grayling found a beautiful way to rise to floating and emerging insects. Sometimes they even jump out of the water and take their prey from above. I have seen it hundreds of times. Concerning dry fly fishing I believe that it is a combination of the shape of her mouth, the speed of rise and way of taking the fly, which is responsible for pushing away high floating surface flies at the moment of taking. This problem reduces enormously with parachute flies and even more with deep surface hanging emergers. I proved my theory right many times after the invention of the Klinkhåmer Special. The iceberg shape solved the problem and eight out of ten fish are always hooked well in their upper lip. I also hardly miss any takes as well and catching 10 out of 10 happens most of the time.
THE (ARISING OF THE) KLINKHAMER SPECIAL, by Hans van Klinken
1984 proved to be a very special year for me, mainly due to an excellent season with my grayling bugs and the creation of one of the best parachute pattern I have ever designed.
After my first season with the L.T. Caddis I was totally convinced that deep surface hanging parachute fly in combination with the strongly curved hook prevent indeed less hooking failures than any other fly design. The hooking power with the crooked hook was just incredible but more important was that small fish didn't come up for this huge pattern. I also conclude that most fish was caught in their upperlip, which surely resulted in fewer loosing fish during the playing.
Although I designed the fly for grayling, ..... I started to use this pattern extensively for trout since 1986.
"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy