This version of the pheasant tail nymph, with a weighted head, is representative of the numerous nymphs found in freestone rivers. It is tied on a #14 or #16 hook.
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This nymph utilizes 2 x 4mm tungsten beads and is tied on a jigger hook so that it fishes deep. It is normally used as a point fly in a team of three.
This is our signature fly and it represents an emerging caddis larva. The original klinkhamer pattern was invented by a Dutch flyfisherman and flytier, Hans Van Klinken in 1984 along the Glomma River in Norway. The fly is tied onto a scud hook which submerges below the surface but is held up by a parachute hackle and floatable wingpost. It is and extremely successful and versatile fly and can be used in conjunction with a nymph suspended from the bend of the hook; New Zealand style. The Blinghamer variation has lots of triggers including a bright red butt, gold-plated hook and pink parachute hackle.
Whilst hares ear patterns do not appear to represent any particular insect, it has been generally accepted for 150 years or so that they are taken as the nymph of the Olive Dun or other similar upright winged flies, including the Lake Olive. Fished in or near the surface, it is considered by many as one of the best imitations of a hatching olive.
Few fly-fishers would be without this pattern evolved by one of the Midland’s most successful and skillful anglers, Arthur Cove. Although designated a nymph it has the outline of a midge pupa. The inventor fished the nymph very slowly indeed, with a floating line and a long leader. It also catches many fish inched slowly along the bottom in still water. It is a splendid fly to use when no fish are showing, and the depth at which it is to be fished can be easily adjusted until contact is made. This fly works equally well in the river, in stillwaters or reservoirs and makes a good point-fly when a team of three are used. It can be weighted or have different thorax materials, like fluorescent orange silk for instance, which act as a trigger point. There are many variants of this fly which has stood the test of time and is still very popular and an essential fly in most fly-boxes.