Sloan's Circle Hook Klouser |
By Dave Sloan
The traditional Clouser Minnow is arguably the best all purpose baitfish imitation that has been created. It is one of those flies that will catch anything with fins. The lead eyes at the front of the fly make the fly dive between strips which closely mimics the motion of a wounded baitfish and the bucktail and Krystal Flash add movement that further imitates a live fish.
The traditional Clouser Minnow, which is also in this “how to section”, is tied thin with a traditional “J” hook and is an extremely effective fly. This style of Clouser is tied full and on a circle hook. The extra “bulk” in the body of the fly more closely imitates some baitfish and is a quicker fly to tie. The Circle Hook is perfect for pulling your fly through reeds, stumps, fallen trees, etc. The point on the hook is turned up which keeps it from hooking snags easily. Tie some up in a variety of colors and sizes and see just how successful this Clouser is.
Tie this pattern in sizes 6 - 2/0 or even larger.