A “guide fly” is a pattern that catches fish and is easy to tie. It’s a guide’s job to catch fish, of course, but he or she doesn’t want to use flies that take a long time to tie because a client may throw it into a tree on the first cast. Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides spends most of his time chasing bass in the Texas Hill Country and redfish on the Gulf coast, so he uses a lot of Clouser Minnows. His version is about as quick-and-dirty as you can get.
If you want to tie the more complicated original version of this venerable pattern, check out the video from Tightline Productions here.
Hook: Standard saltwater hook (here a TMC800S), size 2/0-10.
Eyes: Bead chain or dumbbell eyes, size to match hook.
Thread: Color to match fly, 3/0.
Wing: Bucktail, color of your choice.
Adhesive: UV-cure resin.
Note: Tie this pattern in colors and combinations to match the naturals or as an attractor.