View Full Version : Do Clousers perform?

07-19-2008, 01:29 AM
Hello to all who read this. I've heard that when fly fishin the gulf, I need to use clousers. Those folks have just said "clousers" , not what size, colour, ect. . Any help on sheddin some light would be greatly appreciated. I'm gonna be down in the panama city beach area if that helps. Thanks in adavance for the help. Great fisin to all! :biggrin:
Mark <::><

07-19-2008, 11:03 AM
Two colors are basically all you need for inshore gulf fishing. Those would be chart./white and red/white. As far as clouser sizes, #2, #4, and #6 flies will serve you well inshore. I would also throw in a couple of bigger clousers in a 2/0.

07-19-2008, 11:15 PM
Thanks trout assasin, don't know if the bass pro shop here in Nashville carries 'em , might just to have to get 'em down there. Does anyone know of a good fly/tackle shop in the panama city beach area? Thanks again.:biggrin:
Mark <::><

07-21-2008, 01:05 PM
I would also grab a couple of gray/white clousers as well. Are you fishing the surf, inshore, offshore, flats? I just got back from Destin and did a little of everything. Let me know and I'll suggest a few other patterns. The problem with clousers is the wind. Not only are they tough to cast in the wind, they'll plumb knock you into next week when you get hit in the back of the head with one.

07-21-2008, 10:02 PM
Daniel Mc, i'll be doin some surf fishing and hoping getting in some back bay fishing as well. Yep, been whacked with Rainey's "big rattlin frog popper 2/0" it just about knocked my hat off it hit me so hard lol :biggrin: . Any tips you can give on that destin/ pcb area is greatly appreciated. Thanks . Good fishin to ya! :biggrin:
Mark <::><

07-22-2008, 01:52 PM
In the surf, most anything will do but I would start with the Chart./White clouser. However, I would keep gray/white, white/white & chart./pink (i call it tooty frooty) on hand. I would probably stick with size 4 or 6 unless the surf is rough and you need a size 2 to get it down. In a calm surf, any baitfish pattern will work. I also wouldn't hesitate to use a popper like a crease fly. It's like dry fly fishing in the smokies when they hit it. Lot's of fun to watch. Plus, if there is any seaweed, you'll need the top water stuff.

A couple of things to watch out for from my experience, slide your feet to be wary of sting rays. Strip as fast as you can and the longer the better. Also, learn how to tie a loop knot for the baitfish patterns. It will give them a better action.

Also, I always use 20lb. fluorocarbon tippet. These fish aren't leader shy. You also may want to keep some wire tippet handy in case you find blue fish (very teethy). You can handle most fish by the belly and not the lip. I usually carry an old pair of needle nose pliers to get my flies out with. If you get into lots of fish, you may start loosing hair on the clousers. Don't worry...even a few strands of hair will catch these fish.

In the bay, fish smaller flies like 6's. I would have some darker patterns like brown/orange. Try fishing at night under dock lights. In this case, go with white/white patterns with little to no weight. A Polar Fibre fly is a nice fly for the bay. Drop down to 10lb or 15lb fluoro. These fish do get leader shy and spooky.

I hope some of this helps. It's fun when the surf is calm and you get into fish.

Tight lines!

Daniel Mc.

07-23-2008, 10:08 PM
Thanks Daniel Mc, the clouser info will be put to good use. Great fishing to ya!:biggrin:
Mark <::><

Flat Fly n
07-26-2008, 11:17 PM
...in big wind.


The Principal
07-27-2008, 08:53 PM
I don't care who you are, I'll bet that didn't feel very good!

07-27-2008, 09:38 PM
Flat fly n,
Oooooooooooo, bet that really hurt!:eek: I'd hate to see what happend to the fish. Did you take it out yourself? Guess I need one of those medevil knight helmets..lol.. when i fly fish at the beach! Just my luck, it would catch me in the eye, behind me sunglasses. Great fishin to ya! :biggrin:
Mark <::><

07-27-2008, 09:43 PM
Flat Fly n,
If you dont mind, what size is that clouser? Thanks.
Mark <::><

Flat Fly n
07-27-2008, 10:04 PM
That is actually "The Seagull".. The guy is tough as nails! All he ever said once was "OHHH', and then "wait, I gotta have a picture".. It was his fly, but somehow I think we got our lines tangled in the wind with the above results. It's a 2/0 stainless. Seagull should have kept it in. He would have fit right in with all the kids at the malls!

We were in SC and in some chop secondary to wind. We happened to have some Lidocaine, and a TB syringe. I betadined the area, numbed it up, drove the barb through, cut it and backed out the hook. I was afraid to try the string trick since it was around a great big facial nerve in that area. We continued to fish and had a great day.

07-28-2008, 06:20 AM
Accupuncture with a clouser, what a day! Uncle Fuzzy was in the boat with us, he thought we were crazy when we started pulling out vials and syringes. Dr Flat did a fine job on minor " in the boat" surgery. A good reminder to always wear glasses when fishing, get some clear ones to use at dusk and after dark.