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Subtle Saltwater Clouser Minnow

Why not just do one Clouser Minnow and call it good? Because sometimes you can pick up different ideas, materials, color combinations and other inspiration. What you get with this pattern is Fishient Fish Scale and a subtle color pattern. Find more fly tying materials at CaddiFlyShop.com:

Overall Length = 3.5"
Thread: 210 D Danville's Green Chartreuse
Hook: #2 Mustad 3407
Lower Body: Fish Scale White
Upper body: FishScale Aquamarine over Olive
Eyes: Medium Plated Lead
Cure Goo: Hydro

Albacore Clouser Minnow

I don't recall reading much about fishing Clousers for Pacific Albacore. Why not? Personal experience taught me that our Albacore do indeed take these flies and I recommend that anyone who ventures out to the deep blue carry at least a few Clousers to toss at the beasties. Our offshore Oregon tuna will take Clousers when trolled, on the drop, and on a fast-strip retrieve. On occasion, they will also not take Clousers, just like they will ignore plenty of other flies. So as usual, fish your flies with a seasoned, reasoned confidence that acknowledges the possibility our finest offerings could be spurned. Or not.

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Overall Length = 3.5"
Thread: Danvile's 210 D White
Hook: #3/0 Gamakatsu SC 15
Belly: Steve Farrar's Blend -- UV White
Top: Steve Farrar's Blend -- Bleeding Purple/Herring Back
Lateral Line: Lateral Flash
Eyes: Hareline Painted Lead Eyes -- Large Nickel Plated Lead
Cure Goo: Hydro

Anchovy Baitfish for Pacific Albacore

This is a relatively large fly I designed (ha ha) and fish for Pacific Albacore. The fly casts easily, swims true, and has been well received by Tuna, a combination that makes me smile. And smile. And smile.

It is difficult to adequately emphasize how much I have come to admire the range of Steve Farrar's synthetic materials as I have ventured into the world of saltwater fly tying and fly fishing. These materials offer colors and sparkle and textures and fishing qualities that merit your consideration, if you are not already familiar with the delights of the stuff.

This is a great fly. It is big and subtle and bold and it catches fish. Tie this fly, or something like it, and you will see what I mean.

Jay Nicholas

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Anchovy Baitfish for Pacific Albacore

Overall Length = 5"
Thread: Fine mono
Hook: #3/0 Mustad 3407 or Gamakatsu SC 15
Baitfish Belly: Steve Farrar's Blend UV White
Optional Throat: Fishient Hot Pink Gliss N Glow
Mid Body: Steve Farrar's Blend Bleeding Gray and Smolt Blue Krystal Flash
Upper Body: Steve Farrar's Blend Bleeding Mackerel under Herring Back
Eyes: 5/16" Adhesive Holographic Super Pearl
Cure Goo: Hydro, Thick, and Tack Free

Patriot Clouser Minnow

This is a Clouser I sometimes refer to as the Patriot, because it incorporates Red, White, and Blue. Not going to explain that, you'll either get it or not and it doesn't make a difference either way. This Clouser has lured Chinook, Coho, Black Rockfish, and Ling Cod to my tippets, and I will always carry at least a few of these flies when I am near an estuary or in the ocean.

Jay Nicholas

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Overall Length = 3.5"
Thread: Danvile's 210 D Chartreuse
Hook: #2/0 Gamakatsu SL 12 S
Belly: Steve Farrar's Blend -- UV White
Top: Steve Farrar's Blend -- Electric Yellow/Bleeding Red/Herring Back
Lateral Line: Lateral Flash
Eyes: Hareline Painted Lead Eyes -- Large Chartreuse
Cure Goo: Hydro

Rockfish Candy

Ain't entirely sure, but I think the Surf Candy fly style is undeservedly under-appreciated on the US Pacific Coast.

As I researched saltwater flies, beginning my personal venture offshore, I was struck by the fly's simple construction, slim profile, and the transparent sheath created by application of Cure Goo. These qualities seemed desirable to fly tyer and fly consumer (the fish, silly).

This particular fly is one that has caught a great many Black Rockfish for me, notably when the predators are keying on smallish baitfish. This is a common occurrence, and when the Blacks want little fish to eat, this little fly will keep you in the game. The Surf Candy style of fly will not dive on the drop like a Clouser, but a strip retrieve that haltingly brings this fly towards the surface is often a very productive presentation. I have also had Rockfish eat this fly with great enthusiasm when cast down current, allowed to sink for 5-10 seconds, and then strip-retrieved in 6" jerks -- keeping the fly in the top 5 ft of less of the ocean. When Rockfish are busting baitfish on the surface, there is no need to let the fly sink at all, just cast and begin stripping immediately, and be ready to get hammered.

Chinook salmon anglers out there pay attention. Fish this fly when the Kings are waking in across the beach from the ocean sometime soon. It produces.

Jay Nicholas

Rockfish Candy:
Overall Length = 2.5"
Thread: Fine mono
Hook: #2 Mustad 3407
Body: Bucktail -- White/Chartreuse/Fl. Blue
Topping: Smolt Blue Krystal Flash
Eyes: 7/32" Adhesive Holographic Super Pearl
Cure Goo: Hydro and Tack Free

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Lingcod Clouser Minnow

We all have favorites and this is my favorite un-conventional Clouser because I rarely see fellow saltwater anglers using orange and black as principle color combinations in their Clousers.

I chose these colors with juvenile rockfish in mind but I would be loathe to claim that a black Rockfish or Ling cod thinks that this fly, specifically, is that baby bottom-fish when inhaling it somewhere in the depths below the Dory where I am bracing my knees and patiently strip-retrieving.

Whatever. The fly looks beautiful and the fish eat it; what more do I need to know.

Jay Nicholas

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Overall Length = 5"
Thread: Danville's 210 D Green Chartreuse
Hook: #3/0 Mustad 3407
Eyes: Unpainted Lead -- XL Large
Belly: Steve Farrar's Blend -- Bleeding Gray
Lateral Wing: Steve Farrar's Blend -- Hot Orange
Back: Steve Farrar's Blend -- Bleeding Black
Cure Goo: Hydro and Tack Free

Pink Salmon Surf Candy

2013 was a big run year for Pink Salmon on the Skagit River in Washington. Everyone, seemingly, who fishes for Pink Salmon touts the wonders of pink flies, baits and lures -- so this Surf Candy style of fly stays true the Pink color theme.

For the Pink Salmon fly fisher, this fly may be fished on sink tip lines using cast and strip in slow flowing waters or using cast, swing, and hang-down fly delivery in riffles. Pink salmon are often found in relatively shallow water as they migrate along saltwater bay and estuary shorelines, and as they migrate upriver.

This fly sinks well, considering it is not weighted, but should still be fished on a sink tip or sinking shooting-head fly line.

Jay Nicholas

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Overall Length = 3"
Thread: Fine mono
Hook: #2 Mustad 3407
Lower Body: Fl Pink Bucktail
Mid Body: Fl Pink FishHair
Body Topping: Fl Fuchsia Krystal Flash
Eyes: 7/32" Adhesive Holographic Super Pearl
Cure Goo: Hydro, Thick, and Tack Free

Open water Chinook Clouser Minnow

This Saltwater Clouser fly fishes well in the both open ocean and estuaries. The texture of the Electric Yellow fibers are not as pleasing to my likes as most of the Steve Farrar's Blends, but it is bright and I use in sparingly to spice up this fly.

I have tied Clousers in diverse sizes, materials, & colors, and the Clouser is among a handful of fly styles that merits the attention of most fly tyers and fly anglers. Granted, a 3" Clouser would not be my first choice when fishing over Spring Creek Trout when they are keying on # 20 Mayfly Spinners. Still, I love the Clouser. If you are familiar with the fly, you already get it. If not, I encourage you to begin working on your Clouser tying and fishing skills.

Jay Nicholas

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Overall Length = 3.5"
Thread: Danvile's 210 D Green Chartreuse
Hook: #2/0 Mustad 3407
Throat: Pink Gliss N Glow
Belly: Steve Farrar's Blend -- UV White
Top: Steve Farrar's Blend Electric Yellow/Bleeding Mackerel /Bleeding Black
Lateral Line: Lateral Flash
Eyes: Hareline Painted Lead Eyes -- Large Chartreuse
Cure Goo: Hydro

Coho Clouser

I tend to reach for pink (at least on some days) when thinking of Coho. This Saltwater Clouser was inspired by the wild idea of creating a herring fly that has pink in it. Sure that's ridiculous, but heck, why not have fun. The Steve Farrar's materials are durable and relatively easy to work with. White belly, pink mid body, and blue herring back: great combination anywhere silvers are cruising. This fly is spiced up with painted Chartreuse eyes and a healthy chunk of lateral flash.

I fish this Clouser with cast and strip in the open-ocean and troll it just like traditional Bucktail style flies -- it is effective using both tactical approaches.

A fly that is rising up towards the surface particularly intrigues salmon in the ocean. I cast this fly out as far as practical, let it sink, feed slack line at times (if wind or current are taking the Dory away from the fly), and then strip it back to the boat. Pay particular attention when drawing the fly to the surface close to the boat.

The biggest surprises come when salmon take the fly on the drop, these grabs are difficult to detect but great fun.

Jay Nicholas

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Overall Length = 3.5"
Thread: Danville's 210 D Shell Pink
Hook: #1/0 Mustad 3407
Belly: Steve Farrar's Blend -- UV White
Top: Mirror Image Hot Pink/Steve Farrar's Blend -- Herring Back
Lateral Line: Lateral Flash
Eyes: Hareline Painted Lead Eyes -- Large Chartreuse
Cure Goo: Hydro

Shimmer Fringe Clouser Minnow

This Saltwater Clouser is tied with yet another synthetic, offering a durable flashy alternative to traditional Bucktail as the foundation of the fly.

The fly has a very slim profile and it has been gulped with enthusiasm by Black Rockfish and silvers; so you may tie the fly, tie it on, cast and strip it with confidence.

Shimmer Fringe is slippery stuff, just make sure you tie it in securely and hit it with a drop or two of Hydro to lock it in. The fly hints at its brilliance on your bench but really shines in the water.

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Overall Length = 3"
Thread: Danville's 210 D Green Chartreuse
Hook: #2 Mustad 3407
Eyes: Hareline Balz Eyes -- Medium Nickel/Chartreuse
Belly: Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe -- hot pink
Back: Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe -- UV Blue
Cure Goo: Hydro and Tack Free

Coho Herring Bucktail Tube Fly

This Tube Bucktail incorporates natural colors with modest flash In contrast to some of the shockingly hot PINK Bucktails that we Salmon Bucktailers often fish in saltwater. The fly catches silvers and Albacore, so you can feel utmost confidence when you tie it on and hang it in your prop-wash. For more fly tying videos, check out www.OregonFlyFishingBlog.com and to buy fly tying materials, visit www.CaddisFlyShop.com.

The BC Needlefish

Trolling Bucktail style flies tied on tubes was very common during the glory days of ocean Silver Salmon recreational fisheries of the 1950s -- 1980s from Northern California through SE Alaska. Regions like Puget Sound and Vancouver Island spawned many versions of Coho Tube flies that had local followings and rationale for the selection of one pattern over another. Near as I can tell, fly anglers used these tube Bucktail flies to troll as well as cast to feeding Coho in saltwater. The various fly patterns are sometimes suggestive of a natural baitfish and sometimes just wild bright flashy fish strike attractors.

This Tube Bucktail is a simple pattern inspired by several flies I have seen popularized by BC anglers specifically imitating big Needlefish. The Steve Farrar's Blend material is easy to work with, durable, and swims your fly true, without the worry of needing to select the perfect Bucktail hair.

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Coho Salmon Bucktail Trolling Fly

Trolling Bucktail style flies for Coho Salmon is an art that has come out of practice here off the Oregon coast since both wild and hatchery silver salmon runs tanked in the 1990s. Improved regulation of ocean fisheries and better survival conditions have resulted in some fairly robust runs of wild Silvers in most Oregon coastal rivers. Although the reasons for the improved runs and the health of the individual populations remain subject to debate, anglers in the ocean offshore Oregon now often find that regulations permit fishing for hatchery and/or wild Coho, albeit the regs sometimes only permit retaining fish on a few days per week and usually require use of de-barbed hooks.

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North Pacific Albacore Deceiver

Pacific Albacore eat fish eat all day, every day. They may eat little tiny baitfish less then two inches long, or great big fat baitfish in the 6" size range, and they may be selective or undiscriminating in their feeding preferences.

I developed this Deceiver pattern to create a fly that would cast easily, swim true, and present an overall baitfish profile and color hue that would induce Pacific Albacore to chase and inhale the bug. This Deceiver has received the gulp of approval and you can have fun tying and fishing this tradition-based fly.

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Saltwater Coho Salmon Deceiver

Coho Salmon are as likely to feed on little shrimp and various larvae as to feed on good-sized baitfish in the ocean, but when they want bait, they will chase streamer style flies with gusto.

I wanted to adapt the Deceiver fly style to a streamer that I could cast-and-strip in the open ocean when I thought I was somewhere within range of feeding Silvers. Pinks and blues are colors I have incorporated into flies that have been well received by Coho in the ocean, so that's where I started with the design of this fly.

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Rockfish Deceiver

Black Rockfish are opportunistic predators and sometimes feed voraciously on a variety of baitfish - making them vulnerable to a cast-and-strip presentation with a wide range of baitfish fly styles. I wanted to create a fly in the Lefty's Deceiver style that Rockfish would eat with gusto. Experience with these fish and other flies informed me that these colors should be effective, and indeed Rockfish do eat this Deceiver. I like the big eyes, but you can tie the fly with painted-on eyes if you wish, and that is more in keeping with the original Deceiver fly style.

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Estuary Bend-back Minnow

The Chinook Bendback is a fly style that has been popularized in saltwater and estuarine waters where anglers fish flies in shallow waters where weeds and muck could easily foul hooks on traditional patterns.

The process of bending the hook is crucial because it will impact the ability to hook a fish when it takes the fly. Make sure that the hook point is above the plane of the new axis of the hook eye. Using a Mustad 3407 saltwater hook is a good idea because the hook has a great balance of toughness and retains modest pliability. I have had great success fishing this hook and think you will too if you give it a go. You will need to sharpen this hook, but you can re-sharpen it too.

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Purple Rockfish Candy Fly Tying Video

The Purple Rockfish Candy is another Pacific Saltwater fly inspired by the Bob Popovics' Surf Candy fly style. Our Pacific Bottom-fish, including Black Rockfish, have teeth and a chomping ability that can wreak havoc with our flies.
The use of Fishient Fish Scale synthetic material makes it relatively straightforward to create a slim, shimmery baitfish profile with this fly. I prefer Tack Free Cure Goo versus Thick, because I like a very slim profile fly. This color combination is but one of several I have fished successfully for Black Rockfish off Oregon. This is a relatively subtle color combination and the fly is relatively long.

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Cutthroat Shimmer Fringe Surf Candy

The Cutthroat Shimmer Fringe Surf Candy is inspired by the Bob Popovics' Surf Candy fly style. Whereas Bob created his original Surf Candy to enhance the durability factor of flies he was fishing in the salt, my use of the fly style is principally intended to offer a very slim, transparent baitfish profile to West Coast species including Sea Run Cutthroat, Black Rockfish, and Coho salmon.

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Pale Morning Dun Emerger

Rene Harop inspired Pale Morning Dun emerged fishes well in flat water and spring creek like environs. The wire rib and dubbed body don't allow the fly to sit up in the water, rather it is "half in half out" like the natural mayfly as it exits it's exoskeleton.

Steelhead Muddler

The Muddler Minnow fly pattern is adapted in this video to for steelhead fly fishing. This pattern can be fished on the surface or "skated" or subsurface swung down and across. While the fly has a nice "spun" head Tony demonstrates how to clump and trim the muddler head without truly spinning the hair.

Bloom's Parchute Ant

This simple ant pattern is highly visible and perfect for summer fishing on a variety of waters. Antron wings can be added before the parachute style hackle as well.

Foam Body Elk Hair Caddis

The classic Elk Hair Caddis Pattern done better with a foam body. We like this fly for is floatation and quick to tie attributes.

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