The Clouser Minnow is a staple of North East Saltwater Fly fishing. Its darting and falling action coupled with ability to get down to bottom-hugging fish makes it a highly productive pattern. It can be tied in a variety of sizes and the proper placement of the dumbell eyes ensures that the hook-point rides upwards, thus reducing snags on rocks and vegetation.
- Hook: Daiichi 2546 size 1/0
- Upper wing: Gray Super Hair
- Lower wing: White Super Hair
- Thread: Fine mono
- Weight: 3/16 Spirit River Real Eye
- Flash: Silver Holographic Flashabou, Light Blue Krystal Flash, Peacock Krystal Flash
- Eyes: Silver size 2.0 stick-on
- Misc: Head cement
Fly Tying Corner, August 1999
by John Timmermann
The hinge effect gives this fly a life like motion similar to a jointed plug. Vary the retrieve to vary the motion. Recently caught Bass although none were showing. Seems to aggravate them into striking. Because of the wire and the epoxy coating, the fly seems to hold up well to toothy creature attacks.
Most of us have a favorite or "go to" fly. Sometimes our favorite fly changes from month to month or much more frequently. For the first three months of this year I and two local fishing friends have had great success with Glen Mikkleson’s Epoxy Baitfish fly. It has caught fish for us around Long Island and for me at Martha’s Vineyard where I also happened to overhear a local guide talk about "hammering em" on a Yellow Mikkleson. On many days, it’s been the only fly we’ve used. This fly catches all our local gamefish, can be tied in various color combinations and profiles to match local bait, and is castable and very durable. In Bob Veverka’s book, Innovative Saltwater Flies, Glen modestly traces the origin of this fly to the legendary Joe Brooks and his Blonde series. In any case, I can assure you this is a proven fishcatcher. The fly below is green over white and tied sparse to imitate a sand eel.
By Betty Anne Timmermann
The Midnight Blonde is my version of a Joe Brooks Blonde in red and black. I used it last fall through a 4-1/2 blitz. It held up well, even with the bluefish. The fish seemed so eager to take the fly that I actually thought, for a moment that they would take anything, so I changed to a solid black with a touch of flash. I stopped catching fish. I tied my midnight blonde back on, and once again I was into fish!