Published Apr 17th 2011

Klympen is a simple and efficient fly for sea run browns, which should be able to catch many other kinds of fish



This is one of a bunch of flies used by my gang of Danish coastal anglers - a colorful group and a very peculiar group consisting of people with many years of experience between them. They tend to stay isolated and not make a big fuss, and also tend to keep their locations and their fishing experiences to themselves, and - not least - their flies.

This is the story about one of these flies - Klympen. The originator, Henning Eskol tells:
- This fly was invented on the Danish island Bornholm and first saw water at the location called Klympen, hence the name.

He continues:
- I tend to smash a lot of flies into the rocks with my low backcasts, and because of this I wanted a pattern that could be tied in a short time. I also wanted a heavy fly, but first and foremost something durable and simple.
It since developed into one of Henning's favorite patterns, and he tied it in many variations of which we will cover a few here.
Henning tells:
- I first used a long tail of teal in combination with flash, but have since boiled that down to other materials and sometimes no tail at all.
A current favorite is a small orange version, which has proved to be a good autumn fly.

The copper bodied fly strikes again

The hallmark of the fly is the copper body, which consists of wire wound as a foundation and then wound on top of itself as a rib. With a bit of varnish (or even epoxy, Bug Bond or similar), this creates a solid, heavy and durable body. Apart from that the fly is basically a tail and a front hackle, and on many variations there isn't even a tail.
The copper body gives the fly mass and density, and is most likely one of the reasons for its success. It penetrates the surface easily and descends towards the bottom very rapidly, making it fish in deeper levels of the water than many of our usual coastal flies.
The variations are mainly some smaller tailless flies and some really bright and flashy orange ones. All have proven efficient, and all are quick and easy to tie and use few and common materials.
You can omit the varnish on the body, but the result is probably a fly that disintegrates quickly. The heavy copper will move on the hook shank when you cast the fly, get tarnished and/or brittle after just one trip in the water and very often break after touching rocks in the water or stones in the backcast.

Hennings own instructions are very brief. You will find a more detailed set of tying instructions below.

1) I first cover the whole hook shank with tying thread. It's important with a good foundation for the copper wire, which has a tendency to move.
2) I tie in the tail.
3) Time for the copper in the full length of the fly.
4) If I have the time I varnish the copper before tying the thorax.
5) Thorax consists of SLF in a dubbing loop.
6) When the head has been varnished and you have admired the fly, it's time for big, bright fish!

He doesn't mention the front hackle or the double layer of copper (to the back of the fly and forwards again), but you get the idea. He sometimes also adds a bit of flash to the tail.

TypeCold saltwater fly
Henning Eskol
Year of origin
Target species
Brown trout
Sea trout (sea run)
Steelhead (sea run)

HookAccording to taste, curved or straight sizes 8-2
Tying threadRed or tan 8/0
TailBarbs of mallard, grizzly rooster or hen feather. Optional smooth flash
BodyCopper wire
ThoraxSLF or natural dubbing, tan
HackleSoft hen, tan or light brown
HeadTying thread

Step 1 - thread - Start the thread behind the hook eye
Step 1 - thread
Step 2 - tail fibers - Prepare a small bunch of tail fibers
Step 2 - tail fibers
Step 3 - tail - Tie in the tail in front and cover it and the hook shank with an even layer of tying thread
Step 3 - tail
Step 4 - tail done - The tail rides on top of the hook shank
Step 4 - tail done
Step 5 - copper - Wind the thread back to the front in tight, touching turns and tie in the copper wire
Step 5 - copper
Step 6 - copper body - Wind the copper wire in touching turns towards the hook bend. This is easily done with a rotating vice. Push the turns together with a fingernail to remove all gaps
Step 6 - copper body
Step 7 - first layer - When you reach the hook bend, start winding the copper back towards the front
Step 7 - first layer
Step 8 - rib - The copper forms a rib over itself if you wind it in open turns. Alternatively you can use touching turns for a thicker and heavier body
Step 8 - rib
Step 9 - body done - Tie down the copper and wiggle it a bit to break it. Cover the tag. If you want to varnish the fly, this is the stage where you do that. Cut the thread, varnish and set it aside while you start a new fly.
Step 9 - body done
Step 10 - dubbing - Prepare some dubbing. This is rabbit, but most fine hair or synthetics will do fine.
Step 10 - dubbing
Step 11 - on the thread - Roll the dubbing on the thread. Difficult dubbing can be spun in a dubbing loop.
Step 11 - on the thread
Step 12 - dub - Dub in one place to create a short, fluffy thorax.
Step 12 - dub
Step 13 - thorax done - Take a few turns in front of the thorax to make room for the hackle.
Step 13 - thorax done
Step 14 - hackle feather - Pick out a suitable hackle feather
Step 14 - hackle feather
Step 15 - prepare - Remove the fluffy fibers from the feather
Step 15 - prepare
Step 16 - tie in - Tie n the feather by the stem, curved side forward
Step 16 - tie in
Step 17 - wind - Wind the feather in 3-4 close turns in front of each other making sure the fibers aren\'t crushed
Step 17 - wind
Step 18 - tie down - Tie down the feather tip and cut surplus
Step 18 - tie down
Step 19 - head - Stroke back the fibers and form a small head
Step 19 - head
Step 20 - whip finish - Whip finish or tie a few overhand loops and cut the thread
Step 20 - whip finish
Step 21 - done deal - The fly is ready for a drop of varnish over the head
Step 21 - done deal

Originals, a variation, and a nap on THE location

User comments
From: Anders · anders.albertsen·at·gmail.com  Link
Submitted April 20th 2011

What a fish! Amazing propotions, tail and colour. Can't wait for the easter and may! Congratulation!

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