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Junior and Dave R.

 

Sorry to say that I won't be at tonights meeting as I've got to put in a work shift. The RS Quad series of flies are awesome trout catchers and the series (after getting the tye instructions from our Barry Wright...thank you Barry) have proved to be absolute winners for me. I tend to follow the creators instructions as to materials so I've never seen it tyed on a Klink hook and I'm sure it would be a winner. As I won't be there I do hope that the session will be posted on our site.

 

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Vince:

I've used two different Klink hooks, both by Partridge.

They produce a Klinkhammer and a klinkhammer Extreme. The extreme has a much greater bend in the shank.

Teh only problem with both is that the wire and hook gap is larger than one would expect for the stated hook size

Thir #20 looks more like #18 to my eye,

Don't know what hook I'd use for a real #20

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Dave

 

I've tyed the Klink on both the regular Klinkhammer hook and the Extreme and I have to say that I like the hook gap on the regular hook but do not like, at all, the gap on the Extreme. Both I'm sure work well but for me I prefer the regular hook.

 

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I forgot to mention last night, that hackling technique had a "happy accident" element to it. I wasn't satisfied with the way a normal parachute wing sits straight up, perpendicular to the hook. A real mayfly's wings slope back at an angle, so I was trying to achieve that. Once I'd tied one up, I realized that this method solved the other problems I'd been working on; getting the front hackle fibres off the water, and pushing the middle and rear hackles down.

 

Also, I've been testing a variant, where I leave the hackle after tying off the parachute, dub the thorax, then palmer 2 or 3 wraps of hackle over the thorax, tye off and trim, then clip the palmered hackle like a thorax pattern, but wider, so that the hackle fibers arc just below the body of the fly. Makes a nice footprint, and keeps the fly just a little drier.

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