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As previously mentioned
I am not much of an experimenter when it comes to switching fly patterns and lures. I was hooked on Clousers when I first met one, and rarely stray far from the pattern. What do big fish eat? Other fish. What does a Clouser pattern imitate? Those fish.
I don't have a whole lot of time anymore to tie flies, but this is the one I do make time for. I usually don't buy them from shops - I prefer to add my own secret touches to the pattern. And like Dave expresses in his article, "Clouser Minnow"
, there's more than meets the eye when you look at this fairly simple lead-eye and wing fly.
With slight modifications you can alter the fly's sink rate, its length, its profile, and obviously its color. It is a multi-use tool that can reach many different depths and produce many different presentations. Dave's article
covers the variations in detail.
And a reminder - there's only about 12 days left in the Winter Giveaway
, so get clicking!
Kerchner, CO 12/17/2011 6:24:16 PM
I agree. The clouser is an awesome pattern. I wished I would have thought of it. I use the clouser for bass, pan fish, pike and even ocean fish. The clouser is a great fly to throw in the surf down in the gulf coast.
Fishful Thinker, CO 12/17/2011 8:16:56 PM
Clouser Minnow is my favorite all around fly, no question. Bob Clouser tied me a couple of them a few years back and they're kept in my office for posterity...that's sums up how I feel about the fly. Nice work, Dave and I'm with ya Matt - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. CL