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Featured Fly

Clouser Minnow

Target Species:
  • False Albacore Tuna
  • Striped Bass
  • Bonito

    Material List:

  • Hook: Mustad 34007 saltwater hook, sizes 1/0 through 8.
  • Thread: White Danville Flat-Waxed, 6/0
  • Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash
  • Belly: White bucktail
  • Back: Chartreuse bucktail.
  • Eyes: Dumbell eyes (size to match hook)
  • Head: Tying thread
  • Head Coating: Cement or epoxy

    1) Start thread 1/3 behind hook eye
    2) Place set of dumbbell eye directly on top of thread and begin making figure eight turns to secure they eyes. Make several different kinds of wraps to secure eyes to hook shank as tightly as possible.
    3) If you need to, adjust eyes so they are perpendicular to hook shank, then apply a liberal amount of cement to the top and bottom wraps of thread.
    4) Select and snip a small clump of white bucktail. holding tips in one hand pull the shorter butt fibers from the club and dispose of them. Also get rid of any extra long tips.
    5) Mesure the section so it is twice as long as the hook shank. Cut the butts off at an angle.
    6) While tilting the bucktail on top of the hook shank. Tie one collection wrap and then make tight wraps to create a gradual slop all the way to the hook eye. Making sure bucktail is really secured to hook.
    7) Move thread to behind the eyes and make a couple of tight wraps to pull the bundle over the eyes and down to the hook shank.
    8) Than make several open thread spiral wraps down the hook. Make an additional wrap, then spiral the tread back toward the eyes.then wrap over toward hook eye.
    9) Turn the hook upside-down. Trim any stray fibers.
    10) Grab 3 strands of krystal flash. Double them over so the finished fly has 6 strands. You may use more if you like. Secure the krystal flash just in front of the eyes
    11) Using the same procedure for the white buck tail, prepare a small bundle of chartreuse bucktail which will form the back of the fly
    12) Also cut bundle at angle and place on hook shank on an angle, this will make wrapping easier and help to creat a nicely tampered cone shape head.
    13) After a few more wraps whip finish fly and clip off thread.
    14) Aplly a liberal amount of cement of epoxy
    15) Snip any long strands of krystal flash so it extends just beyond the tips of the bucktail.
    16) Go catch fish

    From Bob Clouser
    "The Clouser Minnow fly pattern is known world-wide and has caught more varieties of fish than any other fly. Renowned flyfisherman Lefty Kreh, caught 86 species on the Clouser minnow alone."

  • mustad_34007.gif Mustad 34007 - 25 pack
    Classic Series
    O'Shaughnessy Hooks
    Forged, Ringed, Stainless Steel

    mustad_34007.gif Mustad 34007 - Large pack
    Classic Series
    O'Shaughnessy Hooks
    Forged, Ringed, Stainless Steel

    spooled_danvilles_flat_waxed_sm.jpg Spooled - Danville's Flat Waxed Nylon
    Good heavy thread for hair work. Ties flat and very strong. Covers quickly.
    210 denier, approximately size A.
    100 yard spool

    flash_KF_krystal_flash_sm.jpg F - Krystal Flash
    The original! Do not be fooled by imitations. A must have for every fly tyer. Essential for the clouser minnow, and used on hundreds of patterns worldwide.
    Comes in Solid (Metallic), UV, Dyed Pearl, and Fluorescent colors.

    tie_hf_bucktail_piece_combo_flo Tails - Bucktail Piece Fluorescent Combo Pack
    A great way to get a variety of colors, without buying all full tails!

    tie_hf_bucktail_pieces_sm Tails - Bucktail Pieces
    An extre process leaves our deer tails very clean of dye and natural oils. Beautifully dyed, even to the roots. You will find them a pleasure to use!

    tie_hf_bucktail_wapsi_sm Tails - Large Bucktails
    Large tails are up to 12" long. An extre process leaves our deer tails very clean of dye and natural oils. Beautifully dyed, even to the roots. You will find them a pleasure to use!

    tie_hf_bucktail_sm Tails - Large Northern Bucktails
    Great colors and quality!

    tie_hf_bucktailSW_sm Tails - Saltwater Bucktail
    Specifically selected large tails with hair that is 4" or longer. Perfect for patterns that call for longer deer tail hair.

    fish_skull_faux_bucktail Fish Skull Faux Bucktail
    Fish‐Skull® Faux Bucktail is a tapered synthetic fiber designed to imitate typical premium‐length natural bucktail. It has the same basic diameter, taper, gentle krinkle as natural bucktail.

    eye_lead_painted_sm.jpg E - Non-Toxic Dumbbell Eyes
    Cast out of a non-toxic alloy in the same dumbbell shape as lead eyes. 60% of the weight of lead.

    eye_sparkle_dumbbell.jpg E - MFC Sparkle Dumbbell Eyes
    Recessed Brass Dumbbells with clear resin eyes impregnated with glitter on a holographic background with a black pupil. They add weight and are extremely durable.
    10 per pack
    5 colors in 3/16" or 7/32"

    eye_lead_painted_sm.jpg E - Painted Lead Dumbbell Eyes
    Our most popular sizes of lead eyes pre-painted with a black pupil.

    eye_lead_dumbbell_sm.jpg E - Lead Dumbbell Eyes - 24pc
    Totally redisgned dumbbell shaped lead eyes add action, weight, and looks to a fly. Now fit sizes 1 through 14. Very Popular!
    24 per pack

    eye_metallic_lead_dumbbell_sm.jpg E - Metallic Lead Dumbbell Eyes
    Gives a great new look to your favorite fly patterns.

    solarez_flex_uv_clearcoat_SM Solarez Flex UV Clear Coat
    No more mixing 2-part epoxies! 

Flex Formula will only cure when exposed to UV light.
    Flexible finish for swimmers, flex parts - could be used as a wader repair

    solarez_thin_hard_clearcoat_SM Solarez Thin Hard UV Clear Coat
    Thin - Hard Formula is approximately the same viscosity as 30 wt. motor oil. It is easy to apply a thin, shellac-like clear coat that will cure in seconds when irradiated with sunlight or our UV flashlight.
    does not yellow with age

    solarez_thick_hard_clearcoat_SM Solarez Thick Hard UV Clear Coat
    No more mixing 2-part epoxies! 

Thick - Hard Formula will only cure when exposed to UV light.

    tuffleye_top_coat_sm Tuffleye Top Coat
    0.5oz Brush-Top bottle. Apply after Tuffleye resin is cured for the final seal.
    Thinner available

    Requires Tuffleye Light; CANNOT be shipped via air - GROUND only