My name is Zach and I live in Jackson, MS. I have been fly fishing for a little over 2 years now and recently got interested in fly tying. I just got a Traveler yesterday and bought what I will need to tie some clouser's. I usually fish for bass and panfish and thought this would be a good pattern to start with. I look forward to learning from all of you.
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New to Tying, Jackson, MS
Posted 21 June 2016 - 11:20 AM
Hey Zach, welcome to the forum! I also started with Clousers and that was an experience to say the least. I strongly encourage you to post pictures of your flies so we can give you advice. If you post pictures, I hope you have thick skin because your gonna get some "feedback" than can leave your mouth sour. Not trying to scare you, just don't expect a "good job" or "well done ". That will come, but first "bootcamp". That is of course, if you are willing to return and continue posting pictures and to embrace the advice that these world class tiers are willing to offer. If you want an example, search up the "Rate My Clouser" threads .
Your flies will go from dumpster worthy to fly shop worthy... but ONLY if you are willing to work hard, LISTEN, and keep trying.
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 03:09 PM
Welcome to the site, Zach.
As has been stated ... pictures of your flies. For us, it helps see where, or if there's need of improvement. For you, it'll give you something to look back on in a few months, so you can think, "I tied THAT?"
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Posted 21 June 2016 - 08:28 PM
Welcome to the mob! just a thought... a clouser is probably a good choice for bass, but I'd be surprised if it served well for bluegills unless you tie a little one (size 8 or 10 long shank). Might want to also go with bead chain eyes instead of dumbells. However, I'd suggest you tie some Wooly Buggers for panfish... that's probably the most foolproof start, especially for gills. Also try some foam spiders, or better yet, bully spiders.
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Posted 22 June 2016 - 05:27 AM
Welcome! In reference to clousers for panfish, I can tell you that a size 12-14 olive over white clouser with micro dumbbell eyes can be a bream slayer. I originally wanted to imitate gambusia (mosquito fish) but I wonder if they aren't also taken as damsel fly nymphs. It goes with out saying that crappie love them. I've also taken cold water trout with them just to mess with a friend who needs to be poked every now and then (he can get kind of elitist every once in a while until you point it out!).