I love fishing Clousers. I hate tying with bucktail. I can never seem to get the bucktail material to lie flat and stay flat. Most of my Clousers tied with yellow and white bucktail have splayed tails and likely swim like nothing a fish predator has ever seen.
Thanks to Tim Flagler, I realize now that I have options when it comes to tying Clousers. In the video above, Flager ties the classic baitfish imitation using craft fur, which is so much easier to work with, at least for me. And, if you’re worried about what it looks like to the fish, check this out:
With the fall striper blitz under way on the East Coast, the Craft-fur Clouser might be a viable alternative at the vise. The differences are pretty subtle, if you ask me. Give it a shot and see what you think.
— Chris Hunt