03-17-2009, 08:39 AM
Re: Clouser Cripple Minnow
The Crippled Minnow is just about my favorite bass fly.
I learned to tie it myself from a photo in a magazine but it's not difficult...as long as you know how to stack hair anyways.
It's got a marabou tail.. two colors, tied full
Then wrap on a light colored yarn body
(now the hard part)
You need to stack deer hair for the collar, similar to what you'd do for a Dahlberg Diver, but fuller and longer.
Then spin on hair for the remainder of the head (face) and trim to shape.
The purpose of the collar is not to make the bug dive like the Dahlberg.
The Crippled Minnow is designed to float on the large collar, nose up, while the marabou tail wiggles seductively under water
I hope you can picture this, if not I'm pretty sure it's in Bob's book Clouser's Flies
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart