Published Jul 18. 2018 - 4 years ago

Clouser Deep Minnow

The Clouser Deep Minnow, more commonly known as the Clouser, has been responsible for bringing in somewhere between 86 and 115 species of fish to the happy angler. Bob Clouser came up with the #clouserminnow back in 1984, and it has since spawned a large number of variations and colors to target both #saltwater and freshwater gamefish. The iconic chartreuse and white Clouser is Bob's signature pattern, but I'm a big fan of this brown and pink version.
The original fly pattern is tied using bucktail, but other materials like craft fur, snow pony, yak, polar bear, EP fibers and Flashabou have all been used for variants. I've used the Clouser to target bass, walleye, pike, and trout with good success. I have a flashy version for saltwater fishing and have even tied some micro (#8) versions of the fly for #trout.
You can vary the eyes used depending on how deep you need to get the fly. Bead chain eyes, brass barbells, and lead dumbbell can be used with the lead being heaviest. For saltwater versions of the fly, I generally try and tie them a little longer and freshwater flies about 1.6x the hook length

Clouser Deep Minnow
Hook: Mustad S71 #6-3/0
Thread: White FWN (210d)
Eyes: Brass or lead barbell w/ pupil
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Tail: Brown bucktail (belly)
Wing: Pink bucktail (back)
Body Coat: Bone Dry UV resin
Head: Sharpie, Bone Dry & nail polish

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