Clouser Minnow

Considered by many to be the best fly pattern of all time, the Clouser Minnow is an excellent bait fish imitation. The eyes tied on top of the shank cause the hook to move through the water point up that produces a jigging motion while being stripped through the water.

  • Wet Fly
  • Streamer
  • Normal
  • Trout
  • Bass
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White Bucktail
Chartreuse Bucktail
Place the hook in the vise and secure the thread behind the eye. Build up a thread base behind the eye to provide a foundation for the bead eyes.
Using the length of the bead eyes as a guide, position them the length of the set of bead eyes behind the hook eye and secure them on the top of the shank using figure eight wraps. Position the thread behind the eyes.
Take a pinch of bucktail the length of two hook shanks and tie it in on top of the hook shank. Run the thread down the body in even open turns, then run the thread back to the eye crossing the previous turns to firmly hold the tail in place. Position the thread in front of the eyes.
Rotate or turn over the hook in the vise so that the shank is on the bottom. Tie in 2 to 4 strands of crystal flash so they are the same length of the bucktail, or slightly longer.
Take a generous pinch of bucktail for the wing and position it so the tips align with the tips of the tail. Tie in the wing at the hook eye taking firm wraps in front and behind the bead eyes flaring the bucktail to cover the hook point.
Form a head with thread, whip finish and apply head cement.
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