The clouser minnow catches trout, smallies, and largemouths, and saltwater fish. And you’re about to see, it’s a cinch to tie.
#1 – Eye Catching
Lock a hook–such as a size 4 Mustad 34007–into the vise. Create a base with white 3/0 thread, starting near the hook eye; attach a dumbbell-weighted eye with figure-eight wraps. You want the eyes to be on top of the hook one-quarter of the way down the shank. Dab head cement at the base of the dumbbell wraps.
#2 – White Hot
Attach a sparse strand of white bucktail in front of the dumbbell. Secure it with thread wraps behind the dumbbell. The length of the bucktail depends on the size of the fly; you want 2 inches trailing behind the bend. Wrap the thread in front of the dumbbell, and turn the fly upside down in the vise.
#3 – Add Color
Put a few strands of Flashabou in front of the dumbbell, and wrap back, with the Flashabou lined up on the bottom of the hook shank. Repeat with another strand of colored bucktail (chartreuse is great), fastening in front of the dumbbell, and wrapping the material along the bottom of the hook shank.
#4 – Final Touch
Taper the thread from the dumbbell forward toward the eye, make a double whip finish, and add a dab of head cement. This fly works well because it sinks quickly into the feeding zone and undulates as it’s stripped through the water, enticing reaction strikes in various water conditions.