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Clouser’s Half & Half Step-by-Step:
Bob Clouser’s Deep Minnow and Lefty Kreh’s Deceiver have long proven two of the most effective streamer patterns on the planet. Each has accounted for countless species across the globe and both have developed loyal followings as a result. It should come as no surprise then that Bob Clouser’s eventual combination of the two is held in similar high regard.
Dubbed the Half & Half, Clouser’s hybrid was developed with the intent of targeting the large bass that inhabited his home waters. Capable of preying on fall fish up to 12” in length, these larger fish were simply not interested in the 3-4” long, thin profile of the original Deep Minnow in certain instances. In contrast, the Half & Half, with its long hackle tail and broader baitfish profile, served to mimic the larger prey these fish sought while still maintaining the classic Deep Minnow’s jig-like action.
Tied on a #1 below, this pattern can be tied as large as 6/0 and has long proven a productive pattern for large predators across the globe.
|Gamakatsu B10S (#2-6/0)||140 Denier (White)||Lead Eyes (Med. or Lg.)|
|Streamer Hackle (White)||Flashabou (Silver)||Bucktail (Chartreuse over White)|
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Clouser’s Half & Half Step-by-Step Tying Instructions:
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Tips and Tricks
- Weight and Depth – In the material list above, I listed Medium or Large dumbell eyes dependent on the size of your pattern. Be sure to experiment with multiple sizes as you begin tying this fly. You may find you prefer heavier or lighter eyes dependent on depth and the type of jigging action you are looking to impart.
- Color – While this is a great “Match the Hatch” streamer pattern, it is hard to beat the basics. Chartreuse over White, Olive over White, Chartreuse, Red over White, Black over Red and Black all have a place in your streamer box.
- Avoiding Tail Tangles – Longer streamer hackle tails are notorious for tangling around the hook after too many casts. To avoid this consider tying in a sparse clump of bucktail off the bend of the hook before tying in your hackle. As an alternative, consider a mono loop. In both cases, be sure the material extends at least a hook gap beyond the bend. This should prevent the vast majority of tangles.
Proof of Concept
While I’m currently stocking my streamer box with a number of color variations between size 2 and 4/0, it may be a while before these are proven out. Given they would no doubt work on the local bass, but my intent is to save them for the Tiger Musky I will once again target as part of The Mayfly Project’s 25 on the Fly tournament this coming May.
Until then, stay tuned. Or, better yet, chime in below and let me know what you’ve managed to catch on this pattern.
Species Caught on Clouser’s Half & Half to Date:
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