The Clouser Minnow is one of the most effective flies of all time for a wide variety of species. Learn to tie it from the master himself, Bob Clouser.
If you tie flies and fly fish, the Clouser Minnow should be in your arsenal. This fly is said to have accounted for 87 species of fish by famed fly fisherman Left Kreh in both fresh and salt water.
One of the best things about this fly is that it is easy to tie compared to some of the more complex streamers out there. If you are relatively new to fly tying, then this pattern is perfect because it is both easy and highly effective. This is a great example of where simplicity results in a better product.
The Clouser Minnow is one of my personal favorites. I have caught fish in both fresh and saltwater on it. The Clouser Minnow has accounted for trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and many other fish for me.
Once you learn to tie this pattern, do not be afraid to experiment a little. Try tying it with zonker strips instead of the buck tail; or for creek smallmouth, try it in smaller than usual sizes. If it is not already, this fly will quickly become one of your favorite smallmouth bass flies and you will probably fish it for a lot of other species as well.
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