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.
Clouser Deep Minnow fly pattern recipe
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S
Thread: 210 Denier Ultra thread
Eyes: Hareline Double Pupil Lead Eyes
Tail: White Bucktail
Flash: Hareline Ripple Ice Fiber UV Pearl
Wing: Chartreuse Bucktail
Youtube Channel: Hans Stephenson
Youtube Video: Clouser Minnow fly pattern
Bob Clouser is the man behind the highly popular Clouser Minnow, a fly which is responsible for catching over 107 (as Bob tells me) species of fish from trout, to tarpon to steelhead to bass. If it chases a minnow, it will likely find interest in a Clouser Minnow. Peter Charles ties us a variation on the original that targets smallmouth, largemouth and striped bass. Peter ties this in the traditional white and chartreuse color combination and uses clear mono thread to help give some added strength to the fly. The pattern can be modified in a number of ways, but having a good grasp on the basic form is a good skill to hone.
Clouser Deep Minnow Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Bass / Pike hook or Stainless Steel saltwater hook #4-#2/0
Thread: Danville fine monofilament
Eyes: Dumbbell (barbell) eye
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Body: White bucktail
Wing: Chartreuse bucktail
Be sure to check out this and other videos on Peter Charles’s Youtube page.