The Clouser Deep Minnow is a staple fly pattern for any number of fish species. The fly has be tied any number of ways, but Ryan takes us back (almost) to the most famous version that Bob Clouser himself has tied for countless onlookers. Ryan ties the Clouser with a little twist, using the new Hareline Ripple Ice Fiber in place of the standard pearl crystal flash. This version is a nice fit for either a bass box or pike box. The wide gape Gamakatsu B10S hooks are great to work with, and they can take on quite a lot of abuse.
The fly shouldn’t be tied with too much buck tail so that light can pass through the wing/tail. Also, as Ryan demonstrates, the durability should be a priority, especially the exposed thread wraps on the back of the fly. A coat of cement, or even a thin UV resin should help extend the life of the fly. I have several Clousers in my pike box that have caught quite a few pike, walleye and bass. Even with those catches under their belts, the flies still have a lot of life left in them.
And before I forget, Happy New Year! Here is hoping that your vise gets a ton of action this year, and that the flies you whip up bring you a whole slew of fishing memories.