Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Curly Tail Clouser

Here is a variation of a Clouser that adds a lot of a action to the fly. By using a soft plastic grub it creates lots of fish attracting action. My buddy Scott Bridges, who is a well know striper guide on Lake Texoma turned me on to this pattern. I changed it up a bit to incorporate a rattle and make the fly a little bigger over all. You can mix and match colors. I have one that is solid chartreuse with a glow in the dark tail. The best thing about tying flies is your the creator so you can make it your way.

The materials needed. Notice the ball point pen.

 Take the pen apart and take the spring out.

Take a brass worm rattle and slide the 
pen spring over it.

Next secure it with thread wraps.

Next you'll use a bucktail teaser 
and some mylar tubing. 

Slide the rattle into the mylar tubing 
and tie off the end.

Take some amnesia or other strong mono 
and thread it through the bucktail teaser 
to pull the mylar tubing through.

It will look like this.

Continue pulling it all the way to the top and 
grab your plastic grub.

You will want to cut the grub down to size. 
You only need about 1/3rd of an inch of body. 

Now screw the grub onto the pen springso it looks
like this. The cork screw design of the spring will
hold the grub during casting and fish strikes. 

I'm using a 2/0 EC 60 degree jig hook, tie in
the mylar tubing and cut off the excess.
Attach your eyes and the rest is just
like tying any Clouser.

And your done. If the curly tail gets bitten off or you want
 to change colors all you have to do is unscrew
 it off the pen spring and put a new one on.


  1. great technique! i've been trying to find a way to do the same thing, but i think you've nailed it. my concern is that the pen spring is too weak, and also will rust quickly in the salt. any thoughts?

  2. The spring is surprisingly strong and will hold onto the worm for a very long time. I caught 10-12 fish on it the other day and no sign of the worm coming off. Now as far as the saltwater goes. I'm not sure. Salt is pretty hard on everything and i have not tested it yet in the salt.

    1. that's good to hear. i'll let you know about how well it holds up in the salt. NE striper season is upon us! what species were you catching? i'm assuming maybe LMB given the 2/0 hook?