We love to push the envelope when we’re at the vise, and like most fly tyers we’re always on the search for the next big fly pattern. However, today we’re taking a step back to pay tribute to one of the most versatile patterns of all time – The Clouser Minnow.
Originally designed for smallmouth bass in the late 80’s, the Clouser Minnow has caught fish all over the world in both fresh and salt water. In fact, we fish Clouser variations all the time for bonefish at Andros South.
However, one place they really shine is on our huge run of silver salmon at Alaska West. Our guests are often surprised to learn that when targeting coho many of our guides will choose a simple pink Clouser Minnow over many other commercial salmon patterns! They work really, really well on our river, so today we thought we’d show you the finer points of tying them.
Clouser Deep Minnow – Tying Instructions
Although the Clouser Minnow is generally regarded as a simple pattern to tie, many tyers don’t utilize some of the original techniques used by Bob Clouser himself. Check out the step by step below for some tips on tying better looking Clousers.
- Hook: Daiichi 2141, sz. 2
- Thread: UTC 140 Denier, White and Cerise
- Eyes: Large Painted Lead Eyes, Pearl White
- Tail/Body: White Bucktail
- Wing: Hot Pink Bucktail
- Flash: UV Pearl Krystal Flash