Published Apr 23. 2012 - 9 years ago
Updated or edited Aug 8. 2015

Clouser Minnow


Where does the clouser minnow work best? Are there any specific colors that work better for specific fish? Thanks :D

Martin Joergensen's picture



I think the only sane reply would be everywhere!

Not quite true of course. A Clouser is hardly as useful on a spring creek or a gin clear salmon river, but for most saltwater, lake and stream fishing you wouldn't be bad off with a Clouser.

And colors?

Well, I like them natural (brown, black, grey, olive), but I actually think the most productive Clouser ever is the chartreuse/white one, which Bob Clouser also ties.

It's a truly universal pattern that will do well in most places.




The clouser is a nice tying...

The clouser is a nice tying principle.
If I tie clousers in smaller sizes (I fish them with good success in size 8 and 10), I replace the bucktail with squirrel or polar fox hair. Make sure you place the eyes a good distance from the frontof the fly,

Thanks, hares ear! :D...

Thanks, hares ear! :D

one of my favorite patterns...

black and blue with a hint of purple and red flsh

Hi Mark,...

Hi Mark,
what hook size did you tie those on? The look a little fatter that the ones I used to tie for stripers.
What fish are you using them for?
Please see this link
for the above mentioned changes in tying materials,
TL and dry socks

Hello hares ear, this color...

Hello hares ear, this color scheme was tied for conditions of low light or stained water and primarily for Stripers in the California Delta !
The hook is from the local fly shop #tfs 7258 salt water size 2, strong hook and a sharp point !


The picture is great! I appreciate all the advice. Thanks! :D


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