Let’s take a moment to appreciate the classic chartreuse and white clouser minnow. I am running the tab as I go here but with this fly I have landed the following species: trout, bass, walleye, catfish, perch, panfish, striper, whiper, bonefish, roosterfish, multiple types of trevally, snapper, jack crevalle, juvenile tarpon, snook, and pompano. I am sure there are some I am forgetting as well. Basically, Bob Clouser’s fly is one of the most versatile patterns you can have in your fly box. The fly itself, was named by Bob’s good friend and fellow icon of the sport, Lefty Kreh, who claims to have landed 63 species of fish on the pattern. Now a days, it is more than just a specific type of fly, it has become a style. Patterns are now tied Clouser style which means they are tied with weighted eyes causing the fly to ride/swim hook point up. The fly gives you a lot of freedom to get creative. Vary the size, weight, and color of materials based on your target species. If it swims, freshwater or salt, I believe you have a chance at catching it with a Clouser Minnow. Looking for something to tie this weekend? Twist up some classic Clousers, you will use them at some point!
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