Video: How to Tie the Synthetic Clouser Minnow

In the decades since Pennsylvania icon Bob Clouser created his minnow pattern, countless variations have appeared, most of which catch plenty of fish. In fact, Lefty Kreh claimed to have caught an astonishing 63 species of fish on Clousers. In this great video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie a cool, all-synthetic version using a product called Squimpish Hair, which offers a few advantages over the traditional deer hair of the original.

As usual, Tim offers some excellent tips that will make the pattern neater and more durable. If you’ve ever fished a poorly tied Clouser, you know that the materials can twist and move on the hook shank. Tim shows you how to ensure that everything stays in place, so your Synthetic Clouser can catch fish after fish without getting out of shape or falling apart.

          Synthetic Clouser Minnow
          Hook: Standard saltwater hook (here an Ahrex SA210), size 2/0. 
          Thread: White, 6/0 or 140-denier.
          Eyes: Pearl Dumbell Eyes, large. 
          Adhesive #1: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment). 
          Flash: Gold Krystal Flash. 
          Body #1: White Squimpish Hair
          Adhesive #2: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment). 
          Body #2: Olive Squimpish Hair.
          Adhesive #3: Superglue (here, Fly Tyers Z-Ment).
          Back: Olive Squimpish Hair.
          Belly: White Squimpish Hair.
          Head: Tying thread.
          Adhesive #4: Head cement.

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