Fly of the month by PRO-Team member Paul Proctor

Devised by Bob Clouser, it’s widely accepted that the Clouser Minnow is the most effective subsurface fly, which has fooled countless species of fish around the World.

Naturally, many view it as a tropical saltwater fly, yet this generic imitation has proved its worth on freshwater too where pike, perch, trout and even grayling have been tempted.  Understandably, a scaled down version on a size 12-14 hook using arctic fox hair will be required now, especially where grayling are concerned.

Clouser Minnow

Hook: Partridge Predator size 1/0 – 6

Thread: Chartreuse Kevlar thread

Tail: White bucktail

Wing: Chartreuse bucktail

Overwing: Peacock krystal mirror flash

Eyes: Dumbbell eyes of various weights/colours

Head: Orange thread

For predators though, much larger dressings are the norm with hooks up to size 4/0 recommended when chasing the likes of barracuda, snook, tarpon and sharks.  Equally, perhaps the most popular colour combination of the Clouser involves chartreuse over white.  

That said it’s wise to carry an array of dressings with red, blue and pink over white having their fans too.


Robust with a degree of translucency, bucktail remained the favourite material for Clouser Minnows and to this day it’s still the first choice for many, including myself.  However with an array of modern synthetics at our fingers tips, few could be blamed for experimenting, or including more flashy fibres.  In fact, these days I tend to finish the fly with a few strands of peacock krystal mirror flash as an over wing.

Paul Procter

A resident of the Lake District, AAPGAI Master and Wild Trout Trust Vice-President Paul Procter is a dedicated fly fisher. With 30 years experience on rivers, lakes and tropical saltwater fly fishing, Paul is a leading contributor to the UK’s premier publications-Trout and Salmon and its sister magazine-Trout Fisherman.

A talented and innovative fly tyer, Paul’s flies have become recognised as a signature for his many articles. Having spent the last decade travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Americas and Southern Hemisphere, he has gained a wealth of knowledge on many of the celebrated rivers and streams with an intimate understanding of fly hatches and their imitations required to tempt fish. In turn this has allowed him to develop specialist patterns with the opportunity to field test hook models on a range of fish species and ultimately provide valuable feedback. However, having fished the far corners of the globe, his abiding love remains the light line approach on intimate Northern streams, fishing North Country spiders (soft hackled flies) and dry flies. Here the rivers offer such diversity that Paul has honed all fishing disciplines on systems like the Eden, Wharf and Ure.

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