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
Youtube Channel: Piscator Flies
Web: Piscator Flies
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
Captain Corey is becoming a regular feature on YouTube and he has a lot of great information on saltwater patterns and specifically bucktail. He’s made a few adjustments from Bob Clouser’s original, but the gist of it is the same. I spoke with Bob last year at the Western Canadian Fly Fishing Exposition about the Clouser and it’s ability to catch so many species of flies.