How to Tie: The Clouser Minnow

In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, Tim Flager from Tightline Video is back to show us how to tie the Clouser Minnow. This is one of the most versatile flies an angler can pack out for any occasion. Rain, wind, or salt the Clouser is a legendary fly that has stood the test of time.

Learn About This Fly

Difficulty: Beginner

Invented by angler and fly tier Bob Clouser in the 1980s, this fly is one of the most versatile streamers in any anglers arsenal. Originally invented for targeting aggressive bass, this fly has been optimized for not only trout and other types of freshwater fishing, but is also great for targeting saltwater species such as bonefish.

Favorited amongst many seasoned anglers, this fly is fished hook facing upward and imitates a small minnow swimming in a river, lake, or flat. Due to its flashy appearance, this fly is perfect for catching the attention of looming predators such as bass and pike. Not to mention, due to the weighted eyes, this fly can remain relatively low profile, while also delivering the sinkability larger beaded streamers offer

The construction of this fly is relatively simple and can be constructed by almost any fly tier. Note, that the colors used to construct the wing can be altered in order to meet water conditions. For instance, for fishing larger lakes at a greater depth, using a chartreuse bucktail can greatly increase the fly’s “Flash factor” as well as its visibility. If fishing saltwater, a bluer variation can be tied in order to emulate the natural prey of bonefish.


  • Mustad 2141, sz. 2/0
  • 140 denier UTC (white)
  • Appropriate sized lead or other dumbbell eyes
  • Bucktail (1 or 2 colors)
  • UV Pearl Krystal Flash

Now you know how to tie the Clouser Minnow!

Video courtesy of Tightline Video 

Article written by Flylords team member Wills Donaldson

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