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I don't use clousers because they aren't pretty enough but I'm certain they will work for steelhead.

I grew up near the Kickapoo River in SW Wisc. Is that where you're living? Lot's of nice big browns under those cut-banks!
 

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I don't use clousers because they aren't pretty enough but I'm certain they will work for steelhead.

I grew up near the Kickapoo River in SW Wisc. Is that where you're living? Lot's of nice big browns under those cut-banks!
I live half way between between Viroqua and West. Meeting a buddy of mine on the low end of the Kickapoo tomorrow to fish Pike and walleyes.
 

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Is the Klouser tied upside down? I've often wondered if you were fishing CR, is it ethical to fish a fly upside down. I'm a big fan of shrimp patterns and of course plenty of them are tied that way for obvious reasons. I'm talking reasonably sized hooks here. 2 thru 4
 

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Clouser! It's named for Bob Clouser.

I only fish steelhead in small coastal streams and I don't think the Clouser has enough movement in the conditions where I fish. I use them for salmon in the estuaries and rockfish, cabezon and lingcod in the sea.

I agree with Ian. If you're really worried about bad hook sets, tie them on circle hooks.
 

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Hook point down seems to hook fish in the tongue and gill area more often.
I fish flies that ride upside down for src, salmon, rock fish and lings on a regular basis and have never noticed any increase in bad hook placement.
I've always assumed best practice was to avoid tongue hooking fish. Especially steelhead.
 

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Clouser! It's named for Bob Clouser.

I only fish steelhead in small coastal streams and I don't think the Clouser has enough movement in the conditions where I fish. I use them for salmon in the estuaries and rockfish, cabezon and lingcod in the sea.

I agree with Ian. If you're really worried about bad hook sets, tie them on circle hooks.
I learned to tie the Clouser minnow by watching Bob Clouser tie them in the late 1980's at the national chapter of TU fundraiser in DC.
This was long before he was famous and I was his solo audience for over an hour. I asked lots of questions and he very generously answered them all. He is a real gentleman.
 
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