The original Clouser Deep Minnow is a creation of Bob Clouser of Middletown, Pennsylvania. In 1988 Bob tied the pattern to use when fishing for smallmouth bass. Today, this fly is tied in many ways using many different kinds of material. Craig ties this version in the shop and has found it to be successful for smallies. Craig points out that the color of Krystal Flash should match the color of the forage fish in the water you are fishing.
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||Dai-Riki 810 Size 2.
||210 White Waxed Nylon.
||White Deer tail.
||Hairline Minnow Back Skimmer Fring - Pearl Olive UV Blue Black.
|Lateral Line:||Gold Krystal Flash.
|Weight:||Medium Dumbbell Eyes.
Fish like any streamer pattern.
Video coming soon!
- Mount the hook in the vise and tie on the dumbbell eyes about two/three eye lengths behind the hook eye. Use super glue to hold the eyes in place.
- Select a few strands of white deer tail (This is a sparse tie.) and tie them on behind the dumbbell eyes. Bring the thread forward over and tie down the strands in front of the dumbbell eyes. The length of the deer tail strands should be slightly longer than twice the length of the hook shank.
- Turn the fly over in the vise and tie in four or five strands of Krystal Flash in front of the dumbbell eyes. (Select the color of Krystal Flash that is common to the forage fish in the stream fished.)
- Tie in several strands of Minnow Back Skimmer Fringe the length of the deer tail. The Fringe should be tied in front of the dumbbell eyes.
- Form a thread head. A drop of epoxy on the head will make the fly a little more durable.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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