How to Tie the Clouser Minnow Fly – Saltwater and fresh water streamer fly

Today we are going to tie the Clouser minnow arguably one of the most popular and versatile streamer patterns ever made Originally created back in the 80's by Bob Clouser, a legendary fly tier, instructor and fisherman We will start by wrapping our thread halfway to the bend of the hook Prepare your hook for tying in a dumbbell eye Select the dumbbell size

Smaller dumbbells will allow the fly to sink slower, larger eyes will sink faster The choice is up to you Tie in your dumbbell For more detailed information on tying in dumbbells properly, click the video link above Now cut and prepare your buck-tail (for more information on preparing bucktail, click the video link above) The thickness of your buck tail will depend on how bushy or thin you want your fly I am using about a half of a pencil thickness To tie in your bucktail easily, make two loose wraps, then tighten the thread

Make sure the bucktail is sitting on top of the hook, and not covering the eye of the hook Make a few wraps to lock the bucktail in place Now pull your bucktail tight, and wrap behind the dumbbells and to about half way to the bend of the hook We will now be tying on the other side, so flip your fly over in the vice Measure another chunk of bucktail, and prepare it for tying in When tying in, make sure the bucktail is sitting on top of the hook Now we will tie in a bit of flash

I am going to use a chartreuse krystal flash I tie in the flash at the center of the bunch Then pull the other side over, and lock it into place Now we will tie in the back color bucktail after preparing it In this case I am using chartreuse It is important to prepare this clump properly or you will not get a nice tapered head on your fly Refer to my "preparing bucktail" video link at the top if you do not already know how to do this

We will want to build a nice tapered head on the fly, and cover all the bucktail tightly Now we can whip finish the fly While not 100% necessary, to finish this fly, I like to add a bit of Epoxy In this case I am using UV curing epoxy because its much easier than the mixing stuff Make sure that the threads are covered completely before curing You can also add a drop of super glue, or paint on some head cement But I find epoxy looks nicer, and is more durable

This fly is one of those flies that is almost always in my box They are great for fishing most saltwater, and fresh water fish It really is one of the most versatile streamer patterns ever created If you like this sorta thing, subscribe to my channel And leave your questions in the comment section below Now get off your butt and go catch some fish!

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Fly Fishing Equipment : Fly Fishing Reel Parts

Ok, now here's the reel, I've removed it from the rod, so you can look a little bit closer at it The drag knob for tightening the drag and the other side, we've got the handle

And then this is the foot of the reel This is where it actually attaches to the rod Most reels you can remove the spool by some type of mechanism With this particular reel, there is a little lever there Just pull that back and then the reel comes off of the spool

Sometimes, you might want to have extra spools with different lines on it, so that's how you would remove them Usually, when you replace the spool, put it on the reel, push down and kind of turn and you'll usually hear it click back onto the reel

Setting Up a Fly Fishing Reel : Prepping a Wrapped Loop for Fly Fishing

The wrapped loop is a little more complicated Here's what we're going to end up with, obviously this is just the end of the fly line that I've cut off, but you can see here, these are our thread wraps

And we need a couple of things to get that done One is a sharp knife, razor blade, something like that because we're going to actually shave the end of the fly line down so that it's got a taper so that when we fold it over, there's not a bump there where it meets the fly line The other thing that makes it easy, not absolutely necessary, is a thread and a bobbin This would be a bobbin that you would use for fly tying This just makes it a little bit more easier to deal with the thread

You don't have to hold the spool in your hand while you're spinning it, the bobbin holds it So that's basically all you need though, and maybe a, some glue or something to finish that off, to kind of protect the thread wraps You can use glue, or you could use like a clear fingernail polish or something like that So that's the prep for the wrap loop This makes a really strong loop, I mean this loop is actually stronger than the fly line itself

Like if I went to break this loop, the line would break back here before the loop would pull out of the thread, so it's a really strong way to make a connection

Fly Fishing Equipment : Fly Fishing Reels

The next part of your outfit is the reel And the reel's function is it holds your line

Fly reels are pretty basic, they are single action most of the time, which means you turn the handle once and the spool goes around once So, there's not a lot to them There's usually a handle for you to grab to retrieve your line, and then there's usually some type of drag That's what this knob is here This is the drag knob

This is used to increase or decrease the amount of tension that you encounter when you pull the line off the reel, but for the most part, they are pretty simple They are definitely the simplest reel that you will use in just about any type of fishing, other than maybe a tin can with line wrapped around it

Setting Up a Fly Fishing Reel : Fly Fishing Nail Knot for Leader

Okay, now we've got our fly line on our reel and we need to attach the liter to the fly line This is one of the more difficult connections that you'll have to make with your fly fishing equipment

And once again we're using the nail-knot tool This tool was made specifically for tying nail-knots You can find it at most fly shops Sometimes at, you know academy or something like that It's a pretty specific tool and it doesn't really do anything else

It comes in all different kinds of shapes and styles, sometimes it'll be in the shape of a fish or something like that This one has a pair of clippers attached to it But, here's what we're going to do Lay that fly line in the nail-knot tool again with the tip sticking out The end of the liter goes the opposite direction

That lays in there with the fly line Grab the end of the liter and we're just going to wrap it back over the whole thing, going this way once again Four wraps is all we need, so, one, two, three, four wraps And then we take the end and go back underneath the wraps we just made And now is the hard part, just keeping those wraps lined up while we tighten it up and slide it off the tool

Tuck it between our thumb and your forefinger, sort of pull the tool out and then, we'll pull it from the back end here, while keeping it tight on the other end Switch over to the other hand, pull the other side You have to be careful not to pull it off the end of the fly line too, that's also a problem When it's done, it looks something like that Give it a nice tug and we're finished

Paying Attention Helps – Fly Fishing for Brown Trout, River Exe

As you can see we have got an overcast day The river is up today, we have had some rain over the last couple of days which has been good but nothing really is rising nothing! so I have put on a fly which does work for me for searching out Argh!! There you go!! ha ha ha it does work for searching out! Only if I can hook them and pay attention! Right, that was a Grayling! Every one we miss today was a Grayling!

Fly Fishing Equipment : Fly Fishing Tippets

Now, we've got our leader here and at the end of the leader we have what we call tippet and the tippet is the six x end of the leader The thinnest part of the leader

Now, these leaders come tapered and if you were to fish all day with the same leader, you would be cutting into that tippet as you change flies or get tangles or whatever, and pretty soon, you're going to run out of that six x and the leader is going to start to get thicker What you can do to rebuild your leader is to use tippet material, and the tippet material is going to have that same designation You can see here the six x diameter, but this is a spool of just that six x material, so I can take off a foot and a half, two feet, whatever I need and attach that to the end of my leader, to rebuild my leader On the other hand, if I had a heavier leader, say I was using a four x leader and I wanted to taper it down to a six x for smaller flies, what I could do is, on the end of that four x leader is put a foot or so of five x material, then I could attach my six x material to the end of that So, you can buy spools of tippet material that will allow you to use the same leader for a much longer period of time, or if you want to use the same leader for different applications, smaller flies, bigger flies

And tippet material will come in pretty much every size your leader will come in I usually carry two x, three x, four x, five x and six x and that usually covers just about any fresh water fishing situation I'm going to run into

Setting Up a Fly Fishing Reel : About Fly Fishing Reels

Okay, in this series, we're going to be doing a knot, and knots that will apply specifically to you fly casting equipment And basically what we're going to do is we're going to go from the reel all the way out to the liter

And I'm going to show you all the knots you need to do to attach your backing to your reel and then to attach the backing to the fly line, and then to attach the fly line to the liter, and the liter to the tidbit And there's a few basic knots you can do that with and then I'll show you a few, kind of alternative knots that you can use to attach all those together There's a couple of knots that are a little bit difficult, and there's a couple of knots that require a couple special tools, and then there's a couple of tricks that you can do to make tying a couple of these difficult knots a little bit easier And I'll show you all that stuff There's nothing, none of the tools are really out of the ordinary, a lot of stuff is stuff you can find around the house and stuff you might not have thought about using for tying your knots

So, we're going to show you how to do all that and hopefully make it a lot easier

Fly Fishing Basics – How To Get Fly Out Of Tree

Hi It's Anni from kajanaclub

com – fly fishing community When I'm fly-casting it's not unusual to have my fly stuck in a tree At least for me it's a common problem Often the fly is tangled around the branch few times on a loop so if you just pull it it's only tightens it until the tippet line breaks So how to get your fly out of a tree when it's too high for you to reach? You can use the reel of your fly rod to reach a little bit higher and it helps if you have a friend so the other one can bend the tree and the other one can take the fly out of the tree Now let's get out and fishing

On this video you see some awesome trout and you see this tip used in action We have a rule And the rule is, if there's a fish If you are with the camera you have to run It's a cold day We'll try a small test to a new river

Mikitänjoki River I haven't been here before It's supposedly small place So let's go and check it out Cute little trout stream

All right We are here We have a team of five today We have two spin fishermen from Helsinki And then the regulars I'll try a green one

It's early summer, it's so green outside No theory behind that, just a wish He had already another take The fish got away and now the fly is there Summer is new and fresh and green

I was running so much First the other fish was on that side And that was a native wild fish so we put it back it was maybe 40 or 45 centimeters we put it back or maybe 50 I don't know we didn't measure it because it was a wild one And then mom's cousin she caught another trout on this side this side of the stream and I've been running back and forth

And I fell as well so now I need to breathe Oh, excellent fishermen and ladies, and now you get out there If you liked this video click the like button and share it with your friends and fishing buddies and be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video There

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Fly Fishing Equipment : Fly Fishing Backings

Another part of your fly fishing equipment that a lot of people don't think about is the backing The backing is what goes on before you put the fly line on, so here's the back end of my fly line and here's the backing

That's usually buried down inside your reel somewhere The backing serves several purposes One is your fly line is going to be somewhere between eighty and a hundred feet long If you happen to hook a fish that pulls out those eighty feet of fly line, you usually will have on your reel, a hundred yards or more of backing, so the backing comes into play if you hook a big fish Now, the other thing the backing does is it increases the diameter of the arbor of the reel

Since most of our fly reels are single action, that means you turn the handle around once, the spool goes around once The backing increases the diameter of the arbor in the center So, that allows you to pick up the line just a little bit quicker by having a larger diameter center on that reel The other thing it does is, by increasing the diameter of the center of the reel, the arbor of the reel, it allows your fly line to be wrapped around something that's a little larger diameter The fly line, because it has that plastic coating, has what we call memory, so it tends to want to stay coiled, so if you wrap it around the center of the reel, which is a pretty small diameter without the backing, then your line will come off looking like an old fashioned telephone cord with lots of kinks and curls in it, so the backing adds some distance if you hook a big fish, but it also increases that diameter so that you pick up your line a little bit faster and it also keeps your fly line from being wrapped tightly around the center of the reel