Clouser Minnow Clouser Minnow

Tiemco 811s #2-5/0
White Uni-Thread Big Fly
Lead Dumbell
White Bucktail
Pearl Crystal Flash
Chartreuse Bucktail
Second only to the wolly bugger! While this fly was originated as a saltwater pattern, it has taken 100's of species and is especially effective for great lakes Smallmouth.

Step By Step:
Attach your tying thread and lay down a small thread base behind the eye.
Attach your eyes aprox. 1/4 of the way down the shank using figure-8 wraps.
Top view. It's a good idea to place a drop of zap-a-gap or other fast drying glue over your thread wraps to improve durability.
Lay down a thread base to the bend, and return your thread to just in front of the eyes.
Tie in a small bunch of white bucktail on top of the shank. Even the tips up by hand prior to tying in, rather than stacking, to avoid the ugly "paintbrush" look. Trim the butts and bind down.
Take several hard wraps over the bucktail behind the eyes, work the thread to the rear of the shank, take several turns right on top of one another, and advance the thread back to the front. You should end up with several wraps in the front and back with a cris-cross thread pattern in between. I never hurts to throw in a half hitch behind the eyes before and after this step to improve durability.
Flip the fly in the vise and move the thread in front of the eyes.
Tie in a few strands of pearl Crystal Flash on top of the hook shank. The flash should extend just a little bit past the bucktail.
Tie in a medium bunch of chartreuse bucktail just ahead of the Crystal Flash and bind down tightly. Again, even the tips by hand. The wing should extend just slightly longer than the crystal flash. It's a good idea to add a drop of head cement or zap-a-gap to the hair at the tie in point to improve durability and keep the coarse bucktail from falling out.
Trim the butt ends, build up head and whip finish.

Additional Tips/Photos:
  • The original pattern calls for a few strands of black Crystal Flash over the main wing
  • These flies are tied in a variety of colors, experiment!
  • A stainless steel hook is not a must.
  • You can use a variety of materials instead of bucktail. Calf tail works really well for smaller sizes, and some of the new synthetic materials are great for really big flys.
  • Adjust the size of the wing clump to control the flys sink rate, rather than just adding bigger/heavier eyes. A sparse wing will sink much quicker than a dense wing, and a synthetic material will sink much faster than hair.
Tied By: Erik Rambo.