Fly Patterns

Olive Clouser


Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.

Fly-Tying Materials

  • Mustad 34007SS (#1/0)
  • UTC 210, olive
  • Lead Eyes, painted, large, red
  • Crystal Flash, silver/ gold
  • Crystal Flash, silver/ blue
  • Bucktail, white
  • Bucktail, olive

Design Inspiration & Detail

Clousers are another very easy entry-level fly to tie. Their simple construction makes it easy to layer a few colors of bucktail or EP Fiber and accent with Crystal Flash of your choice. Every saltwater fly-box should have a small selection of Clousers. It may be the most basic form of a baitfish fly. Bob Clouser originally designed the Clouser (circa 1987). I believe his target fish was Smallmouth Bass. Some popular colors patterns typically include white with olive, chartreuse, grey, blue, and red.

Target Species

This particular fly was originally designed to attract Smallmouth Bass. Over the years, this pattern has been used to catch over 90 species of fish. Species which prey on baitfish will be attracted to the Clouser.

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