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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Do I need a saltwater or freshwater license?

So a common question that FWC gets asked is when to use a saltwater fishing license or a freshwater fishing license So if you are fishing in brackish water, for example, and you catch a freshwater species, you would need a freshwater fishing license to keep that fish

You may catch red drum in brackish water for instance, which is considered saltwater so therefore you would need a saltwater fishing license For more information or for clarification you can visit MyFWCcom/Fishing

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Do I need a saltwater or freshwater license?

So a common question that FWC gets asked is when to use a saltwater fishing license or a freshwater fishing license So if you are fishing in brackish water, for example, and you catch a freshwater species, you would need a freshwater fishing license to keep that fish

You may catch red drum in brackish water for instance, which is considered saltwater so therefore you would need a saltwater fishing license For more information or for clarification you can visit MyFWCcom/Fishing

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How to Pick the Right Fishing Boat | Saltwater Fishing

"Hi, my name is Captain Layne Wagner of Hawk One Charters I've been a captain for over 40 years

I've fished all over the world and now I'm up here in Long Island, New York You can find me online at Hawk One Charters, wwwhawkonecharterscom I'll be talking to you today about saltwater fishing

The saltwater fishing there are three basic boats that I'm gonna discuss right now One is an inshore, bay flats boat, one is an offshore, near shore fishing boat and one is a deep sea fishing boat Now these boats can be interchangeable, but they each have their specific use The inshore bay flats boat goes in shore, shallow water fishing, back bays Then there's the near off shore which goes in deeper water, it's a little larger, a little stouter a little sturdier, able to take rougher water

Then you have your deep sea boat, thirty or more feet, tuna, sail fish, sword fish, deep sea fish So that's the basic three types of boats there are "

Do I need a saltwater or freshwater license?

So a common question that FWC gets asked is when to use a saltwater fishing license or a freshwater fishing license So if you are fishing in brackish water, for example, and you catch a freshwater species, you would need a freshwater fishing license to keep that fish

You may catch red drum in brackish water for instance, which is considered saltwater so therefore you would need a saltwater fishing license For more information or for clarification you can visit MyFWCcom/Fishing

Do I need a saltwater or freshwater license?

So a common question that FWC gets asked is when to use a saltwater fishing license or a freshwater fishing license So if you are fishing in brackish water, for example, and you catch a freshwater species, you would need a freshwater fishing license to keep that fish

You may catch red drum in brackish water for instance, which is considered saltwater so therefore you would need a saltwater fishing license For more information or for clarification you can visit MyFWCcom/Fishing

Saltwater Question of the Month: Drag on a Reel

Hi I am Pat from Vero Beach and I was wondering why is it important to set the drag on a reel and then, how it is done? Thank you for your question

Drag on a fishing reel is like the brakes in your car What it does is it puts pressure on the spool of your reel and it helps you bring in the fish What happens is there are discs and stuff in here that help when you tighten this down it puts more pressure on that spool When you loosen this on this spinning reel you can see that the spool gets real loose and there is less pressure on that To set the drag, I tell folks it's kind of a thing that takes a little bit of experience for what fishing you are doing and the best thing to do is to set it to where you think there is enough coming off but its not really too tight

It's coming off nice and smooth with this type of a pole and if you cast out to fish if there is too little drag what happens is the fish will take your bait and it will actually drop the bait or the lure If you have too much drag on for instance, what happens is the fish will take your lure or your bait and you can see that no drag comes out and it will most likely whip that lure or the bait out of the fishes mouth so you would need to adjust it accordingly

Salt Water fishing Highlights

[Music] [Deep building pounding music] Oh! look at that fish go [pounding music] There he goes! there he is! Alright! [Music] {drag] Look at em!! Alright! [Music] {reel Drad] [driving Music] There he is! Alright! Good fish [Music] [Music change in beat] [ Music pounding] Set the hook! Set the Hook! He's on! He's on! [Music] [change in beat] [Driving drum beat] [driving music] Show out there! [Music] AAAW! [Music] [music down in beat] ah! alright! whoa! alright he is staying up [reel drag]

EP Style Baitfish Fly – Underwater Footage – Saltwater and warmwater streamer fly

EP style baitfish have become staples in many saltwater fishermans boxes This tutorial will offer some tricks on how to tie them more easily

For a hook, I really like this Gamakatsu SC15 and this size 1/0 works well Start your thread near the eye of the hook You will want a strong thread, like this danville 210 flat waxed Bring your thread to the bend of the hook with smooth wraps, then rotate your fly upside down Cut a few strands of red krystal flash and tie them on in the center of the clump, right under the bend of the hook

Fold the strands angling toward the eye backward, and tie them in as well with tight wraps Then cut them off right about at the end of the hook shank length Rotate your fly to the upright position and clip some strands of fine pearl flashabou and tie them in the same manner as the krystal flash Now clip a very small amount of the top color fiber, cut it in half and save one of the pieces EP fiber or the more affordable Congo hair both work very well for this fly

Tie in your fiber on top of the hook shank in the same way you tied in the flashabou rotate your fly upside down, cut a small amount the under color fiber and tie it in under the fly This time though you will want one part on one side of the hook, then tie the other side of fiber to the other side of the hook And make sure you bring your thread up the hook shank a bit Rotate your fly to the upright position again, then take the other piece of top color fiber you cut and wrap it around the under part of the fly angled up and back

And tie that in Rotate the fly upside down and do the same thing with the under color fiber Pull back the fibers so they are angled back and out of your way Bring your thread up the hook shank slightly once again and rotate your fly once again As you can see, tying it this way allows the fiber to cover the hook shank a bit

You wont see the tie in spots Ok so we are going to do this again multiple times Try to end very close to the eye of the hook I generally do this about 4 more times on each color You really want to use very little fiber in each tie in, because it builds up quick

Keeping this sparse and see through is desirable You can smooth out and build a small head on this fly before whip finishing it Now we are going to trim the fiber to a baitfish shape like this one here To get the fibers spread out, shake out your fly before starting You want them to fan out like so

Now make a cut straight back right below the hook Turn your fly over and make another cut straight back about the same depth Round off the front corners and trim the back to length carefully Shape your fly by stroking the fibers back to know where you need to make trims, then fan it out again and trim Do this multiple times throughout the trimming process making sure to make even cuts on both sides You will end up with the fibers squared off at the cut when you are done, so I like to trim the fibers slightly on an angle to make the fly more natural and round looking

But this is not necessary, and can be tricky So be careful if you do this Once you trim your fly to the correct size and shape, you can start adding the eyes I like adding a drop of zap-a-gap “goo” to my bodkin, then using the bodkin to place the eye on the fly This drys a bit slower than super glue and allows you to move the fly around for a few seconds to get them into the correct place

Try to make your eyes as even as possible as that will help in the fly’s tracking when being stripped This is not necessary, but I like to add a UV curing resin to the head and eyes to really lock everything in place I am using a product by Solarez called “bone-dry” It can be applied with the built in the cap brush and cures very quickly The first coat, you want to paint on the head of the fly, and barely get the eyes

Then zap it with your curing light Then I add a second coat, this time covering the eyes completely, and up over the top of the eyes I leave the bottom alone on this coat to insure that the fibers on the underside of the fly don’t harden and get in the way of the hook set And there we have it, and EP style baitfish fly While it does still take a while to tie, I believe this technique to be slightly easier

These move wonderfully in the water, and really do look like a small baitfish Hey, thanks for watching! If you like this sorta thing, please subscribe! Check out my website for more video’s at wwwMcFlyAnglercom now go catch some fish!

Mullet Run Inshore Saltwater Fishing for Snook in Stuart, Florida

Today we're fishing in Stuart, Florida it's a gorgeous morning and we just got to the boat ramp at Sandsprit Park, I just threw my net, one cast and we got some bait there's some live mullets everywhere Ok, so the first thing I did with this morning was catch the bait i've got probably a dozen two dozen small little finger mullet and live well so that's a good thing and now what we're doing is we're doing a little bit of topwater action this morning usually when the sun is first coming up that's the best time to throw topwaters and I'm throwing a mullet popper and Captain pad is throwing a lure that walkie walks the dog with along the surface for trying to get those surface bites first thing in the morning and that usually shuts down as soon as the Sun starts to come up so we're going to this for a few minutes and then we're going to switch our tactics ok so we've left inshore we tried the top water thing this morning no luck from Captain Pat he got a bunch of hits I got a couple hits but we didn't actually hook up on a fish so we decided to head off shore it's a beautiful day today this is the first time we've got our flats boat offshore on the beach and it's absolutely gorgeous as you can see flat calm so what we're doing is we're looking for mullet pods on the beach headed south and I just saw some tarpon rolling so we're just checking out the area of seeing if we can see some mullet and some tarpon and hopefully snook as well and just enjoying the area and you're learning more about it about eleven o'clock in the morning give you guys a little update we haven't caught any fish still at zero we are in Stuart the capital of the world for fishing here in Florida especially during the mullet run and I don't know why we haven't caught a fish but getting a little bit frustrated and we got our live bait out we're seeing plenty of huge snook seen a bunch of tarpon already seen all kinds of the fish snapper lady fish you name it I've seen it and the fish are just not eating with putting our baits right in front of them and they are not touching it for whatever reason the currents not moving that fast yet so we'll see what happens but hopefully we can try to catch one fish today that's the goal now yeah he's going to keep at it and hopefully we're going to change spots here soon alright so we moved to a different location which is a good idea and we came up to spot where there's a nice sea wall here and we ended up throwing our finger mullets captain Pat caugth some more finger mullets for us and all of us are fishing live bait and I'm just had this bait on the surface and it got slammed by a big snook and he's gonna jump I think No cooler, no ice, we suck nice fish that's a slot please don't break my thirty well that's a nice fish so pretty (splash) (splash) he's looking good looking real good that's a slot fish fish Here's 30 that's 31 Gorgeous slot fish here total length of 31 inches I'll take it awesome fish and he's really really pretty as you can see put up a great fight and I think we're gonna go catch more fish go ahead and release him (music) (music) (music) Darcie hooked this Jack but her arms were so tired from her last snook that she decided to let me fight it

Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll just come off There's other ones with it nice (splash) Hard lil fighter Hold 'em up

Get out of here You're the jack king of Stuart Look at this, Capt Pat turned his back

Captain Pat Pat turned his back on me so I wouldn't see him with that Jack hahaha He's shy He's shy (splash) nice! nice (splash) (splash) There's a big one with him, look at the huge one looking for something to eat There was a big one with it maybe it was going to eat it (splashing) (music) we're going under people's docks

(whisper) I'm ready for a cheeseburger Cheeseburger in paradise? Winding down our trip, we're going out to lunch with Darcy's dad today and somehow I got roped into buying Capt Pat lunch Oh yea, he put gas in the boat So we're trying this one last bulkhead and then we're going to wrap it up stay tuned Captain Pat is, I don't know, seems like he might catch a fish (music) Alright so we're back home wrapping up the day and we had a beautiful day fishing in Stuart Florida I ended up having some lunch with my father, it was a great time spending some quality time with him and eating a delicious lunch so we're back home now overall the fishing was great

It was a little on the slow side you know the full moon is showing up tomorrow usually that slows down the bite the fish bite in the nighttime when it's light out So today we ended up catching that slot snook, Capt Pat from Swamp to Sea Guide Service caught a small jack and a nice snook and overall the fishing was a little on the slow side but I'm blaming it on the full moon and you know at least we got to experience the area take our flats boat up there for the first time and just explore new waters and we're looking forward again to get back up there again for some more fishing and i'm actually headed to Naples Florida tomorrow, I'm going to be doing Take A Soldier Fishing and I've been invited by The Coastal Angler Magazine, Naples edition and i'm going to be fishing, I'm going to be part of the tournament I'm going to be at the captain meeting and dinner party any awards ceremony as well as fishing with veterans and we're going to be going off shore and I think targeting groupers and stuff So I'm looking forward to that event, should be a great event, it's for a great cause and basically until the next adventure, follow your dream and keep on catching! yeah