Australian Sheep - A Clouser

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Baitfish, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Baitfish

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    Nice looking fly. Do you not like to tie in your materials in front of the eye and then run them over the top and bottom with the second tie in behind the eye?
     
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    love clousers, and thats very nice! going to have to get me some of that aussy sheep
     
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    professori self-important blowhard!!

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    The correct way to tie a clouser is to tie in the belly in the manner you describe (look at the OP's picture) and the back is only tied in in front of the dumbell eyes (again look at the OP's picture).
     
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    Sorry for the late response NT1- swamped at work.

    The manner in which I tie a Clouser is very close to the original Bob Clouser method. I prefer a shorter shank hook therefore the angle (or step) is greater at the forward and rear portion of the eyes than Bob Clouser's. The downfall is the material, depending on which you prefer, may shear/shred at the hump of the barbell.

    The method you mention appears (to me) to be the Thunder Creek series of flies... less the lead eyes.... although I could be mistaken.

    Then again, there are quite a few ways to simplify the "Clouser" style.