What is a Klinkhammer emerger I’ve heard so much of?
I believe the story goes that a gentleman fly fisherman from Norway, with the same last name as the fly, developed this pattern to mimic an emerging caddis fly. It got some publicity from a few fly fishing magazines and started catching on in the USA. I first heard of it as a caddis emerger years ago. Folks found it a great caddis imitation and felt if it’s that good imitating a caddis it will probably work as good imitating the Mayfly. The rest is history. The klinkhammer or Klink can be classified as a hatching emerger imitation. I believe what makes this fly so successful in imitating an emerging mayfly is that half the body is under the meniscus while the other half is floating on the meniscus. I think it’s the perfect imitation for copying exactly what a real mayfly looks like in that stage of it’s emergence.