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Old 06-10-2013, 12:14 AM
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Default Tips on fishing Clouser Minnows

I'm looking to get into more smallmouth fishing this year and looking for a little advice on how to fish the clouser (size 2-6) and similar patterns. Would anyone recommend using a sink tip line vs a floating? I'm fishing rivers mainly 3-5 feet deep here in Wisconsin. I'm already looking into a full sinking line for lake smallies but would like to hear from anyone who has experience with river smallies and the best way to fish these flies. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:29 AM
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Clousers aren't a pattern that I fish for smallies often, but it is undeniably very effective. When I do fish them, I like to cast downstream and across to the opposite bank. Cast to rocky banks and undercuts, and start stripping. 4-6" strips with a short pause in between. I find that they'll take on the pause about 8 times out of 10.

If I'm fishing clousers on our shallow rivers, I don't usually feel that we need full sink lines. It wouldn't hurt to keep one handy though, because there are always opportunities to use them. I fish a sink line about 75% of the time, but I tend to fish a lot of unweighted and buoyant articulated flies.
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If it's only 3 to 5 feet deep, you technically don't need a sinking tip line or a sinking line if the current isn't heavy. I use quite a few streamer patterns. I will put up some links to a few that I prefer. Also, do you tie? If so... try these. They aren't that elaborate or difficult. If that water isn't moving and the weather is warmer, think top water. Deer hair frogs and deer hair mice popped on top will bring some explosive strikes.

Keep the tail at least 3/4 of an inch past the bend of the hook. This will give it better action.
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I haven't found one magic way to fish a clouser - I have found several of them.

If one retrieve isn't working, try another.

Some days they like a quick strip, strip, pause...strip strip pause...

Other days they want a slow and steady retrieve. Other days you can drag them on the bottom real slow...it just depends on the day
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