The Klink (book)

by Hans van Klinken

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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 is on sale in the UK now directly from or fishing retail outlets. IT IS NOT AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.

It is also available via international sellers as follows:

Eire: Ardaire Springs Angling Centre (
The Netherlands: Traditional Hengelsport (
Italy: 54 Dean Street (
Germany: Finest Flyfishing (
Czech Republic: Flyfishingpoint/ (
Bulgaria: (
Finland: Perhokalastus-lehti (
Norway: Skitt Fiske (
Switzerland: HRH Fishing Hebeisen (

Trade customers: Angler's Book Supply (800 260 3869 or
Direct Mail customers: The Rogue Angler (800 949 5163) and local fly shops

Flylife Canada (

South Africa
Mavungana Flyfishing (013 254 0270/011 268 5850 or

New Zealand (from end-July)
Nationwide Book Distributors (33 121603 or

Australia (from mid-July)
Trade customers: Peribo Pty Ltd (294 570011 or

Chen Kai Hsun (Cash Chen) (





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May 02, 2024


About the Author:

Hans van Klinken started flyfishing at the age of 15 in Norway. He immediately fell in love with the unbridled beauty of the Arctic regions. Hans’ greatest outdoor experience was in 1975 when he spent almost four months in the wilderness of Lapland, where he learned how to survive in the forest and on the tundra. 

Hans began flytying in 1976. By the early 1980s, he was creating his own designs, mostly parachutes. This eventually led to his development of several unusual patterns and tying techniques. His international fame increased as he continued his meticulous development of his flies, giving demonstrations, workshops and classes around the world. 

Armed with his backpack, rod and flytying material, he and his future wife Ina travelled round Scandinavia as far north as Svalbard and later Europe and North America, fishing their way around. It was in the large variety of the river systems and lakes of Scandinavia and Finland that he honed his flyfishing skills.

Hans’ retirement now makes it possible to commit fully to the world of flyfishing and related environmental issues. He has finally found the time to write his long-awaited first book which sheds light on his ground-breaking thinking behind the world famous Klinkhåmer fly and variations.

Throughout his life he has held free-of-charge educational programmes and flytying lessons for youngsters, something he sees as his way of giving back to society. 

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