continued thoughts on fly design: the micro-clouser

over the past several years a lot of my streamer tying has been influenced by larger freshwater predator or salt water patterns. in a similar manner as my great friend Andy Baird is obsessed with tying micro flies for trout, i’ve found great success on all sorts of fresh and saltwater fish by toning down the sizes of a lot of my streamers. adapting different materials while keeping the same basic construction influence and design elements of the classics can give astonishing results. it also gives the satisfaction of having tweaked someone else’s design while honoring their work.

here’s a little variant of Bob Clouser’s ultra-famous Clouser Minnow. with a total length of 2cm, the hook is a size 18 Hayabusa caddis pupae barbless, the dumbbell lead eyes are replaced by two tiny bead-chains and dark and light olive marabou replace the usual deer hair. when fished with varying retrieves, the result is a fly that can look like either a mini fish, a damsel nymph or other nymph. i’ve also had several takes as it was falling through the water column on it’s own.
it’s swim is very seductive so maybe it’s perceived as just something sexy that’s too good to resist. contrary to deer hair the marabou fibers wiggle back and forth like crazy, just like little fish and damsel nymphs do when they’re out for a stroll or trying to get to a safe area. the turbulence created by the bead chain eyes augments the wiggle effect.

4 thoughts on “continued thoughts on fly design: the micro-clouser

  1. I wonder how arctic fox or rabbit fur would work for this fly?

    • only one way to find out ! 😉
      rabbit fur (no skin !) works very well on these types of wiggly patterns too. the typical shorter hairs limit the size of fly but they’re more durable than marabou.
      as it’s a bit stiffer, i usually reserve fox for bigger flies or as nymph tails and legs but now you got me curious. i’m thinking it might make a better alternative in faster waters as i also like to fish these flies as one would standard nymph patterns. the local waters are about to freeze over so i’ll tie some up to try in the spring…

      thanks for coming by, Edward (?). LOVE your Zombie post ! looking forward to more.

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