www.reel-time.com Fly Tying Corner
Contributed by Tom Baumann
This past season I had the opportunity to fish on several occasions with our past president Rino Bratelli aboard his 17 foot Aquasport. While all the trips were enjoyable, two trips in the late fall were memorable.
Our initial stop during the first trip was off hart island in Long Island Sound. Upon arrival, Rino handed me one of his chartreuse and pink Clousers, which looked like nothing I’ve ever seen in any fly shop or catalog anywhere. But it was his boat so I tied it on and cast where I was told, and on the first, hooked a nice schoolie bass. We caught several more bass on that spot, then moved further into the Sound to a tiny Island.
“Cast into that small gap between those two rocks”, Rino directed. First cast, another bass. This spot held fewer fish and we soon moved to another location. The water was deeper here and we switched to teeny fast sinking lines but stayed with the Rino Clouser. When again directed to cast to a particular spot by the zen master, I did so without hesitation. “Let it sink, ok..strip, strip, stop, strip again.” he intoned. Of course you know, a striper nailed the fly midway through that last strip. We stopped in five locations that Sunday, catching fish at each.
The second trip really sold me on the Rino Clouser. We fished the sound again but this time over acres of diving birds and feeding fish. You couldn’t miss but I noticed I was being outfished about 15 to 1. I was using a white clouser while Rino used that pink thing again. Granted he’s a better fisherman than me but this was getting silly. When we finally noticed my lack of productivity, he handed me one of these magic flies and my score immediately improved. I now go nowhere without this fly.
This is a standard Clouser style with some refinements.
1. After attaching eyes, tie on chartreuse bucktail and bind along the entire shank. Add pearl and silver flash material extending 1/2 inch past the bucktail. Tie in another bunch of chartreuse bucktail. Immediately behind the eyes wrap a narrow band of red thread.
2. Turn the fly over and add pink bucktail with pink crystal flash on either side.
3. Epoxy head and eyes.