|Name ||Clouser Minnow |
|Category ||Saltwater |
|Hook ||Tiemco 811S or Equivalent #4-#2 |
|Thread ||Clear Mono |
|Body ||Bright Green Frostbite |
|Top Wing ||White Bucktail |
|Bottom Wing ||Chartreuse Bucktail Mixed with |
a Few Strands of Matching Flashabou or Krystal Flash
|Eyes ||Painted Red Dumbell Eyes |
- Place the hook into the jaws of the vise. Cover the front 1/3 of the hook with the clear mono tying thread.
- Using figure eight wraps secure a set of dumbbell eyes onto the shank. The eyes should be situated no closer than two eye widths from the hook eye; if possible, the 1/3 point on the hook. Epoxy the eyes so they don't twist and move.
- With the eyes in place tie in a length of bright green Frostbite directly behind the eyes. Wind the Frostbite down the shank and back up to the original tie in point. Tie of the Frostbite and trim the excess.
- Prepare a sparse clump of white bucktail, we don't want an overdressed bulky fly. Don't stack the hair. Even the tips by hand. Measure the bucktail so it is at least twice the shank length. Trim the butts on an angle and secure them in place in front of the eyes. Carry the tying thread through the eyes and bind the bucktail down directly behind the eyes. Using open wraps tie the bucktail down the shank to the tip of the hook point.
- With the tying thread back in front of the eyes invert the fly by either turning the hook upside down or rotating the vise. Tie in a few strands of matching or Pearlescent Krytsal Flash or Flashabou. Remember, keep things sparse.
- Prepare a second clump of bucktail in the same manner as the first. This second clump should be twice the thickness of the original clump. keep it sparse. The idea is that the materials must be allowed to flow and not end up competing with each other. Stagger cut the bucktail and secure it in place in front of the eyes. Adjust the thread tension so the hair flows back along the fly.
- Build up a neat tapered head, whip finish and apply head cement. Once the initial cementing is done, apply a finish coat of epoxy.
Fish this fly using a slow to moderate retrieve in tide rips, horizontal and vertical eddies, and other natural gathering points for baitfish. The fly as tied actually turns upside down due to the weight of the dumbell eyes. That is the reason that the green or back of the imitation is tied underneath the hook.