When asked about our favorite flies for silver salmon, many of our guests are surprised to hear that one of the most popular patterns amongst our guide staff at Alaska West is not a ‘typical’ Alaska-born coho pattern such as a hareball leech or dolly llama, but rather a plain ol’ pink and white Clouser minnow.
Why? For starters, the Clouser minnow’s strategically placed lead eyes coupled with its sparse profile produces a more aggressive jigging action than similar flies tied with fluffy materials like bunny or marabou. Plus, with only a few materials required to tie and very little time to complete, it checks all the boxes for a fly worthy of a species you might actually hook hundreds of over the course of a week (not an exaggeration).
However, in an attempt to improve landing rates, reduce mortality rates of released fish, as well as extend the overall lifetime of a single fly (from the ability to replace dull hooks), several of our guides have adapted the use of stinger hooks into their Clousers minnows. We’ve dubbed the modification the Coho Clouser, it works really well on our river, so we thought we’d show you how to tie it.
The Coho Clouser – Tying Instructions
- Thread: UTC Ultra thread, 140 denier, fluorescent pink and white.
- Shank: Daiichi 2546, size 1, hook bend cut-off.
- Stinger Loop: Senyo’s Intruder Wire.
- Stinger Hook: Owner ssw, size 2.
- Eyes: Painted lead eyes, size large.
- Body/tail: Bucktail, white.
- Wing: Bucktail, fluorescent fuchsia.
- Flash: Mirror Krinkle Flash, pearl.