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Clouser Minnow

Clouser Minnow

Clouser Minnow Recipe:

Hook: TMC 9395 #2-12

Thread: 3/0 Monocord

Eyes: Painted Lead or Brass Eyes, sized to hook


Belly: White Bucktail


Flash: Krystal Flash

Back: Chartreuse Bucktail

Clouser Minnow Step-by-Steps:

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Tie in a pair of lead eyes with figure eight wraps about one fourth of a shank length back from the eye.

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Cut a sparse bunch of white bucktail from the tail and measure it so it is about two shank lengths long.

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Bind the bucktail down on the top of the shank behind the eyes with a wide band of tight thread wraps.

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Fold the butt ends of the bucktail down in front of the yes and bind them down here as well.

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Cut the remaining butt ends of the bucktail at an angle back toward the eyes. Wrap the thread over the tapered butts to smooth the surface a bit.

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Invert the hook in the vise.

Tying The Clouser Minnow

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Start the thread right behind the eye and wrap back to the mid-point on the shank. Return the thread to the seventy-five percent point.

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Tie in about a half dozen strands of flash in front of the eyes. The flash should reach just past the ends of the bucktail.

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Cut another sparse clump of chartreuse bucktail and tie it in in front of the eyes with several tight turns of thread. The tips of the chartreuse bucktail should meet the tips of the white bucktail.

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Clip the butt ends of the bucktail at an angle and wrap over them to form a smooth head. Whip finish and clip the thread. Apply a coat of head cement to the thread wraps.

Finished Clouser Minnow

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