The Clouser minnow was originally created back in the mid 80’s by Bob Clouser, a legendary fly tier, instructor and fisherman. Soon after the flies creation, fly fisherman around the world started realizing the flies versatility and potential to catch just about any species of fish that eat bait fish. It has the ability to catch many saltwater fish species, as well as freshwater species. I take this fly to every saltwater outing I go on, and also to every lake fly trip for bass, trout, and even pike. If tied on a small hook, you can even crappie fish with it.
The fly is rather easy to tie, and can be quite durable, which means you can catch more fish without the fly shredding. You can use other materials than just buck tail, however buck tail is the original way it was tied. Synthetic fibers however can be very effective. I even know someone who ties this with craft fur, and it moves incredibly in the water.
Hook: Mustad 3407 size 6-3/0 (I am using 1/0 for the video).
You could also use any strong and long shank hook. I commonly use a Gamakatsu SS15 as well.
Weight/Eye: Dumbbell Eyes in any size you want. The larger the eye, the faster it sinks, and the smaller the eye, the slower it will sink. I am using a 7/32″ size (or 5.5MM), which is rather large. I like mine to sink fast.
Body: Bucktail in chartreuse and white.
Thread: Danville 210 waxed.
Epoxy: Solarez “thin hard” uv curing epoxy.
Music: “Happiness” & “Sunny” – Bensound.com
How to tie in dumbbells – https://youtu.be/1vAds9-bnhA
How to prepare buck tail – https://youtu.be/glU67iVvkc0