How to tie a Clouser Minnow by Capt. Matthew Thomas

I think of the Clouser Minnow as the gold standard of streamers. This fly is my favorite for many reasons:

  • Rides hook point up
  • Can be weighted for any need
  • Can be sized for any fish
  • Can be tied with infinate color scheme
  • Easy to tie well

I move this fly smooth with a combined, steady stripping and sweeping motion to make them give chase. Tarpon, Bonefish, Trout, Carp; the Clouser Minnow is a "sticky" pattern.

The trick I have learned about tying the Mighty Clouser Minnow...


Keep it simple, tight, slender.

I have learned to organize my bucktail without using a hair stacker. I also set my hook the opposite of normal with the hook point up. (It helps to have a rotary vise)

This particular fly is intended to catch trout. I tie a rig with two Clouser Minnows blood knotted, 20" from each other, on 15-20 lb. flourocarbon. (any colors, as long as they are tan and white)

You'll notice I chose a 2x or 3x long shank hook. I find having a longer hook takes advantage of those pesky trout short strikes. I also recognize that a Clouser constantly moving has more tendency to keep a strike than a jerked fly, where half the time, there is slack line and no direct contact to hit the strike.

The Clouser Minnow is what all other steamers aspire to be.

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