Bob Clouser’s minnow pattern was originally developed for smallmouth bass, but it has become a fly-box staple for anglers chasing saltwater species, warmwater big game, and even trout. The fly looks like a baitfish, gets deep, and fishes with a jigging motion that predators simply can’t resist. As with any such popular pattern, fly tiers have come up with many variations based on the original.
In this typically great how-to video, Tim Flagler of shows you how to tie a Craft Fur version of the Clouser Minnow. When wet, Craft Fur undulates in the water, and this version also has considerably more bulk than the original. As you’ll see, the tying process is not difficult, and the end product is both attractive and fishy.
Make sure watch Tim’s videos in full 4K resolution. You’ve never seen fly tying look so good.
Hook: Standard saltwater hook (here, a Dai-Riki #930), sizes 2/0-2.
Thread: Red, 6/0 or 140-denier.
Eyes: White dumbbell eyes, size large (1/4-inch).
Adhesive #1: UV-cure resin.
Flash: 4 strands of Gold Krystal Flash.
Back: Off-white Craft Fur.
Belly #2: Medium-olive Craft Fur.
Adhesive #2: UV-cure resin.
Tools: Toothbrush, fabric shears, flea comb, whip-finish tool.