Video: How to Tie the Freshwater Clouser Minnow

The Clouser Deep Minnow—created by Susquehanna River icon Bob Clouser and named by Lefty Kreh—is perhaps the best-known saltwater fly. But over the years, the pattern has proven its effectiveness in freshwater, as well, catching everything from bass and pike to trout and any other predatory species. This version, by Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, is designed for freshwater use.

In his 1994 book The Professionals’ Favorite Flies, Lefty Kreh wrote about the Clouser Deep Minnow: “I believe that this pattern is the most important and effective underwater fly developed in the past 20 years. During the past three years I have been able to catch 63 species of fish in fresh and saltwaters around the world with this pattern!”

In his step-by-step video, Tim shows you the best why to create a pattern that has frustrated many tiers because it can be difficult to keep everything in place on the hook shank. Using thread tension and a whole lot of superglue, Tim ensures that everything stays where it is supposed to be.

          Freshwater Clouser Minnow
          Hook: Bass hook (here an Umpqua U502), size 01.
          Adhesive #1: Superglue, here Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
          Thread: White G.S.P., 130-denier.
          GillsRed Superfine dubbing.
          EyesDumbbell eyes.
          Adhesive #2: Superglue, here Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
          Flash: Pearl Krystal Flash.
          Belly: White bucktail.
          Adhesive #3: Superglue, here Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
          Body: Chartreuse bucktail.
          Adhesive #4: Superglue, here Fly Tyers Z-Ment.
          HeadTying thread.
          Adhesive #5: Head cement, here Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails.
          Tools: Double-edge razor, fly-tying wax, whip finisher, plunger-style hackle pliers.
          Note: Tie the pattern in any color combinations you like.

One thought on “Video: How to Tie the Freshwater Clouser Minnow”

  1. Great tips on here and heavily waxed thread (I use “Big Fly 3/0) helps immensely to grip the buck tail.
    I also dress my flies with all the hair fixed to the underside of the hook, with half amount of the hair (sparse!) and the eyes a touch further back so not to crowd the hook eye, epoxy and UV zap then stick in natural sunlight for rock hard finish.

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