Hook: Gamakatsu C-15 #4(saltwater series)
Thread: Flat waxed nylon(tie dumbell eyes to tube), 2 lb. leader
Head Cement: Hard as Nails
Sequin: 10 mm. pearl(craft or fabric store)
Dumbell Eyes: Spirit River Real Eyes Plus 7/32" nickel pearl/black
Tube: HMH Fly Tier Tube: Small .031"i.d. x 3/32"o.d. 1 1/4" long
Sleeve: 1/16"i.d. x 1/8"o.d.(gas line for model engines at model shop). Front sleeve cut at 45 degree angle
Under Body: Fire Fly(pearl) or Krystal Flash(pearl) over white artic fox tail
Over Wing: Peacock herl over Flashabou(#6923 Bullfrog) over olive artic fox tail
Rotation of Front Sleeve and Sequin Makes S.T. Clouser Minnow Versatile Pattern
1. Rotate front sleeve up and the fly pattern can be skated on water surface. When a floating line is used the S.T. Clouser Minnow will be driven up to the surface during retrieve. If the tide current is moderately strong the pattern can be almost continuously skated on the surface. You can either make continuous retrieves to keep the fly on the surface or make 1 to 2 second pauses in the retrieve to let the pattern sink an inch or two and then make a quick/snappy retrieve to drive the S.T. Clouser Minnow up to the surface like a fleeing baitfish. During the 1 to 2 second pause a little slack(depending on tidal current) can be used to help the pattern sink a little further down. The pause retrieve appears to work as well or better than the continuous retrieve. But mix it up and do a combination of the two retrieves.
2. Rotate front sleeve to the side and the fly pattern will errtically move 2 to 3 inches from side-to-side when using a floating or full sinking line. The up and down jigging action of a traditional Clouser Minnow helps to make it a very effective fly pattern. It is even more effective when there is erratic side-to-side movement which the S.T. Clouser Minnow imparts by using a 10mm. sequin which angled 45 degrees to the side. The key to get the S.T. Clouser Minnow to gyrate side-to-side is to have a very fast retrieve. Good current will also help to give the fly pattern more movement. There are three retrieves that work: (1) 4 to 6 inch continuous quick snaps of your wrist(like shaking down an "old time" mercury thermometer), (2) continuous rapid 12 to 18 inch strips, (3) mix in a 1 to 2 second pauses in these two retrieves plus mix in short and longer strips.
3. Rotate front sleeve down and fly pattern will tend to go deeper first half of the retrieve when using a full sinking line. It is useful when targeting adult coho and blackmouth in the summer. If a floating line is used, the pattern will stay a couple of inches below the water surface depending on the tidal current.