Thursday, May 21, 2009

Stuff I Like: Clouser Minnows

There isn't a better fly for either salt or fresh water than the Clouser Minnow. It would be easier for me to list the species that I haven't caught on it so far. That list would be one fish; a permit. But I've seen someone else do it on my boat a few years ago, so I kind of count it, too.

Up here around Pine Island, everything eats Clousers. Snook and sea trout love them unconditionally. Back down on Vieques, bonefish and tarpon grab them with a vengence. They're easy to tie and just as easy to use. An added bonus is that they can also be cast short distances by very light spinning rods. If you're heading to anywhere in Florida or the Caribbean in the near future, your fly box should by 3/4 full of Bob Clouser's perfect fly.