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Pat
01-03-2010, 09:31 AM
My attempt at the "clouser minnow"............... what do you think, you won`t hurt my feelings:)

http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk459/Tillers_album/2010fliesclouserJan003.jpg

Pat
01-03-2010, 01:54 PM
Sorry moved the photos didn`t know it would move them here too
http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk459/Tillers_album/2010%20flies/2010fliesclouserJan003.jpg

dvuks
01-03-2010, 10:13 PM
Looks good, just need to neaten the wraps by the nose. What size hooks did you use?

slipbobber
01-04-2010, 06:23 AM
I bet they will catch fish, you might try about 1/2 as much hair seems to me the more sparse clousers work better for me. My first ones looked just like yours and then I happened to read an article by Bob Clouser and he mentioned most people tie them too full that thinner is better, and I think he's right! Hope this helps.

Pat
01-04-2010, 07:34 PM
Thanks for the replies...................
Used # 8 hook , got another cold weekend coming up so will be housebound..................
Plan to tie them "thinner" and smaller hook? want a minnow for bream etc.....

crappiejohn
01-04-2010, 07:50 PM
i tie these and use them for striped bass usually size 4/0 hook

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f309/oopsyoumissedme/fishing/Picture002-4.jpg

dvuks
01-04-2010, 08:35 PM
I've tied some using #10 hook, was told hook is to small. Haven't tried them yet. waiting for the Spring.

sneakypete
01-04-2010, 08:49 PM
The Opinion of a Dedicated Clouser-Chunker!


A Clouser Minnow will catch a lot of different species when tied in manners other than Sir Bob intended. Here are two suggestions that have worked great for me on big crevalle jacks, king makcerel, and bull redfish, among others.
First of all, tie the lower clump of bucktail (the white in the pics) with only five or six tight wraps RIGHT BEHIND the eyes! Do not extend the wraps towards the beginning of the hook's bend, as this shortens the maximum depth of the fly's body - not good if you want the fly to mimic a shad or a pogy.
Second, use red thread to attach the eyes and the lower clump of bucktail. Once that is done, secure and cut it, and then proceed with the flash material and upper bucktail, etc., with thread matching the upper bucktail's color. The red simuilates the fish's gills - or is supposed to. Whatever, it looks like you know what you are doing! :D
In any case, try those suggestions, no matter whether you dress your Clousers sparse or heavy. And bon chance!
Pete

hair jig
01-06-2010, 03:59 PM
Try Tying Them Morse Sparce For Better Action. And Make The Nose Wraps USE REGULAR FLASH FOR THE LATERAL LINE GOOD FIRST TIME TYE.

Pat
01-09-2010, 01:45 PM
i tie these and use them for striped bass usually size 4/0 hook

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f309/oopsyoumissedme/fishing/Picture002-4.jpg


My second attempt......................


http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk459/Tillers_album/clouser1910001.jpg

http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk459/Tillers_album/clouser1910002.jpg


And another "bug"...................

http://i311.photobucket.com/albums/kk459/Tillers_album/ties110002.jpg

slipbobber
01-09-2010, 01:56 PM
Now we're talking those look great but the red needs to be behind the lead eye to look professional but I'll bet the fish won't care one way or another.

LunaticFringeInc
01-09-2010, 06:43 PM
Like crappiejohn, I use much larger hooks than you are using. I use #4 and #2 streamer hooks which seem to have a longer shank. I started out using a good bit of Buck Hair in mine but found that when I used a more sparse heaping of it the flys looked much better. I used a good dozen of these to dupe summer time Crappie this past season and did fairly well. I tied a bit of a Rainbow Trout pattern that seemed to work well although there are no Rainbow Trout on this lake...go figure. I will be experimenting a lot more with them this coming season though.

Pat
01-09-2010, 08:15 PM
Like crappiejohn, I use much larger hooks than you are using. I use #4 and #2 streamer hooks which seem to have a longer shank. I started out using a good bit of Buck Hair in mine but found that when I used a more sparse heaping of it the flys looked much better. I used a good dozen of these to dupe summer time Crappie this past season and did fairly well. I tied a bit of a Rainbow Trout pattern that seemed to work well although there are no Rainbow Trout on this lake...go figure. I will be experimenting a lot more with them this coming season though.

I`ve been tying with # 8 and # 10 hooks , I`ve got some # 2`s and 4`s but haven`t tried them yet.............. I`m new to this and "experimenting" too.
I prefer # 10`s for my foam bugs , going to give them a workout this spring..... post some pic`s of your ties.........

Pat
01-09-2010, 08:20 PM
Now we're talking those look great but the red needs to be behind the lead eye to look professional but I'll bet the fish won't care one way or another.

Thanks ,
The thread in front of the eyes should be what color? or I guess a better question would be what color thread should I tie with? I`d really like to get this minnow to look "life like" , found several really small minnows in the belly of some big gills this past summer , maybe white perch fry?

sneakypete
01-09-2010, 09:11 PM
Pat -
Apparently my directions weren't clear, so...
(1) Place a hook in the vise with the point down. Start red thread just behind hook's eye and advance it for 1/2 inch or so (Depending on the size of the hook) towards the bend. Tie in the eyes on the outside of the shank at the end of the thread wrappings (But on the wrappings, not on the bare shank).
(2) With the thread hanging in front of the eyes, tie the white bucktail securely between the eyes and the hook's eye. Now clasp the bucktail in your left hand, compact it and pull it down towards the shank of the hook behind the eyes, and secure it RIGHT THERE with 5 to 6 tight wraps of the red thread. Then advance the red thread back across the eyes to the hook's eye, whip finish it there, and cut it off.
(3) Invert the hook in the vise (Hook-point up). Start chartruese (Or whatever) thread between the hook's eye and the fly's eyes, and finish dressing the fly with that thread, making all wraps now between the eyes and the hook's eye. The only red you should end up seeing is around the white bucktail just behind the fly's eyes.
Okay?
Pete

Pat
01-10-2010, 06:52 AM
Pat -
Apparently my directions weren't clear, so...
(1) Place a hook in the vise with the point down. Start red thread just behind hook's eye and advance it for 1/2 inch or so (Depending on the size of the hook) towards the bend. Tie in the eyes on the outside of the shank at the end of the thread wrappings (But on the wrappings, not on the bare shank).
(2) With the thread hanging in front of the eyes, tie the white bucktail securely between the eyes and the hook's eye. Now clasp the bucktail in your left hand, compact it and pull it down towards the shank of the hook behind the eyes, and secure it RIGHT THERE with 5 to 6 tight wraps of the red thread. Then advance the red thread back across the eyes to the hook's eye, whip finish it there, and cut it off.
(3) Invert the hook in the vise (Hook-point up). Start chartruese (Or whatever) thread between the hook's eye and the fly's eyes, and finish dressing the fly with that thread, making all wraps now between the eyes and the hook's eye. The only red you should end up seeing is around the white bucktail just behind the fly's eyes.
Okay?
Pete

Thanks Pete, I was so focused on "thinning " out the fly I missed the directions on using red thread ! thanks for the info and patience !
Pat