Clouser Minnows are some of the most well known and fished streamers ever produced. Originally created by Bob Clouser, it has become a great streamer that works for just about any fish species that chases baitfish. Now I don’t know 100% if flies like the crazy Charlie, or Gatcha have been tied based off the clouser platform, but their similarity is striking. Many bonefish flies use this same concept, and so I guess in my head I think they must have been designed off of the clouser idea. Many of those flies are tied to mimic more of a shrimp profile and use things like silicone or rubber legs to act like shrimp legs or feelers. So I naturally decided to add some rubber legs onto a craft fur version of a clouser to mimic shrimp. Now I am sure I am not the first person to do this, however I have yet to see a simple clouser with legs. But I am not claiming to be the originator of this particular variation of the clouser. If any of you know who originally tied a clouser with legs like this, please let me know.
Like the original clouser, these are fairly easy and quick to tie. You are only adding one step and thats to add the legs. However I think it does add a noticeable improvement especially when trying to mimic shrimp while fishing for species like redfish and bonefish. I did have decent luck on this pattern in some varied colors last time I went down to the Gulf to fish for redfish. Unfortunately I did not hook a red on this pattern, but did catch quite a few other species with it.
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Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H (size 6) – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/gamakatsu-sl11?_pos=1&_psq=gama&_ss=e&_v=1.0
Thread: Veevus 6/0 (white) – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/6-0-veevus?_pos=1&_sid=79e35dfd2&_ss=r
Weight: Beadchain Eyes (black, small) – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/bead-chain-eyes?_pos=1&_psq=bead%20chain&_ss=e&_v=1.0
Body: Extra Select Craft Fur (white/shrimp pink) – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/extra-select-craft-fur?_pos=3&_psq=craft&_ss=e&_v=1.0
Flash: Midge Krystal Flash (pearl) – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/midge-krystal-flash?_pos=1&_psq=midge%20kr&_ss=e&_v=1.0
Legs: Micro Sili Legs (clear tipped hot orange) – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/micro-silicone-legs-hareline?variant=37168738762910
Glue: Loctite Brush On – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/loctite-super-glue-brush-on?_pos=1&_psq=loct&_ss=e&_v=1.0
Head Cement: Solarez Ultra Thin UV Resin – www.dooleysflyfishing.com/products/solarrez-fly-bone-dry-ultra-thin-formula-5-oz?_pos=1&_psq=solarez%20ul&_ss=e&_v=1.0
Vise: Renzetti Traveler – amzn.to/2t2FFmo
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec – amzn.to/2YWOf39
Trimming Scissors: Risen 4″ Razor Scissors – www.risenfly.com/collections/fly-tying-tools-and-accessories/products/4-razor-scissors
Fine Tip Scissors: Risen Spring Assist Scissors – www.risenfly.com/collections/fly-tying-tools-and-accessories/products/spring-assist-scissors
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass – amzn.to/2tGYwDW
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench – www.oasisbenches.com/oasis-benches/compact-bench/
UV Light: Ultrafire UV Super Power – amzn.to/3g2LouO
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