The Klink - Book Review in The Conservationist (Trout Unlimited)

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The Klink - Book Review in The Conservationist (Trout Unlimited), by the brilliant Bob O’Donnell.  

The Klinkhåmer Special is probably the most popular fishing fly in the world today. It floats on the end of fly lines on salmon, trout or grayling rivers, from Britain to USA, and Scandinavia to Mongolia. This year marks the fly’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the occasion, its creator Hans van Klinken has at last written his long-awaited first book.

 Flyfishers for salmon, trout, grayling and coarse species will for the first time learn from Hans himself the secrets behind his miracle Klinkhåmer Special which has caught its fans hundreds and hundreds of fish: the thinking behind the design, the testing, the variations, the reasons for its remarkable success.

Full instructions for tying Hans’ most important flies are included in his engaging and revealing account of his life in flytying and fishing.

The Klink by Hans van Klinken (Merlin Unwin Books) is published 23 May and available in June from Merlin Unwin Books in the UK, or The Rogue Angler in the USA and local fly and tackle shops.

I found this book to be a highly interesting and beautiful read. (Yes, I got a preview PDF copy). The introduction and background on Hans Van Klinken was a look into someone that just doesn’t tie flies and fish, but someone who takes the time to experience all that is around him. The photos depicted in the book are outstanding! All of the fly patterns covered are done in clear and easy to follow steps, highlighted by an accompanying reference photo. I can’t wait to dive in and tie a few for myself. For the novice to the experienced the flytyer, there’s a bit of history woven into the book and to say the least, its captured well. I would highly recommend this book as an addition to your fly tying/history library. I need to make room on my bookshelf for when it comes out.

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