Years ago, my cat Mags, got under my feet and I ended up stepping on the hair of his tail. A big chunk of hair was left behind, pretty much even tipped, and so I figured I would put it to good use. I decided to tie the cat hair into a Clouser pattern and this was the result. Fox is a good substitute for the cat hair, besides, it might be too noticeable to have the cat walking around with a bald tail.
I put the fly in my fly box and a couple months later found myself fishing in a northern Alberta lake. I decided to try the fly and trolled it behind our boat. I was soon tangled up with one of my largest pike on the fly.
Mags’ Clouser Minnow Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad R75-79580 #4-8
Thread: Rusty Dun 6/0 (140d)
Barbell: 4.0mm brass
Tail: Cream fox body
Body: Pearl Flashabou or Mirage
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Wing: Red fox body
The Fish Taco is a simple fly to tie and provides a ton of action in the current. The fly is unweighted and can be fished at depth by using split-shot or weighted heads. The fly has a ton of action with the long ostrich tendrils and offers a glint of flash with just a little Flashabou. There is also a version of the Fish Taco called the Flash taco tied with Flashabou rather than ostrich if you need a flashier fly.
The Fish Taco was designed by Jeff Hickman (Mr. Hankey) to have a ton of action and to be light.
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The Conehead Foxy Crystal Bugger is a departure from the original black and olive bugger Russell Blessing first cast many years ago. I use dyed fox tail hair in place of marabou. It maintains most of the action of marabou and adds extra durability for fishing hard-hitting trout and bass.
You can tie this in any of the standard Woolly Bugger colors such as the traditional black & olive, purple, claret, white, Chilli Pepper (brown and orange), browns or any combination. The cone, along with some extra body weight ensures this fly sinks deep and fast, perfect for stillwater or floating down the river.
Throw this fly at trout, bass, anything you think might take a swipe. Buggers have been tied to represent many prey items such as helgramites, minnows, crayfish, stonefly nymphs, amphibians or leeches.
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