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Old 05-06-2002, 08:09 PM
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Flash tailed clouser

I just came across 1 of these pattern's . Does anybody know how long this pattern has been out ? Some of the guy's that I have met down here tie on a Eagle Claw jig hook . They told me that it makes abetter looking fly and it fishes better , what do you guy's think about this ? Fish-head
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Old 05-06-2002, 08:38 PM
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Can you describe it... ?
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Old 05-06-2002, 10:10 PM
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To me it look's like a Half and Half Clouser , with a hakcle collar wrap 4 times or more . Like you would tie a Deciever . Hope this help's ? This is what a lot of guy's are using for Striper's where I am at .Fish-head
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Sounds like a Sea-ducer, Apte tarpon fly, Indian river Red fish fly or a Rats Ass with hackle instead of rabbit strip. A Sea-Ducer would not have any bucktail usually... If you can get a photo that would help... but it does sound like a sea-ducer or Rats ass.
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Old 05-07-2002, 08:18 PM
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What is a Rat's ASS ? What book would have this in it ?Fish-Head
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There is one in the Striper fly archive... one is mine the other from Harry koons.
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Old 05-08-2002, 09:25 AM
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The Flash Tail Clouser is a West Coast evolution of the Clouer. It is a Sacramento Delta striper fly and Dan Blanton is the ring leader of that fishery. Check his web site for more details(danblanton.com).
What makes this fly different is that it is very heavily dressed. This is because the water in the Delta is a mud puddle by eastern standards, and you really need to hit the fish on the head to get a look.
Another interesting addition is the use of the Eagle Claw 413 jig hook. Apparently the assures that the fly will ride hook point up regardless of materials used(to a point I assume) and the weight of the eyes.
And then there is the "Flash Tail". The Flashabou, which looks like half a hank is used, extends an inch or more past the other materials. This fly is a swimming disco, and Stripers aparently love to dance.
I have seen this fly tied in lavender/white(shad), chartuse/white, black, white, and grey/white. Heavily dressed and flashy,it is quite an affront to east coast and trout fly traditions. I know that Dan fishes every where, and I'm sure he killed 'em in Chatham with this fly.
Now, I usually tie my flys with the flash extending past the body of the fly(albeit, in a much sparser fahion). I can always cut it back.
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Thank's Eddie and Stri . the fly that I got is way overdressed for me . I have been fishing Clouser and getting some result's ? I am going to try some of these Flashtails this weekend . Since I am new to the Striper fishery , Can you guy's answer this .I was reeling in my head to go have lunch and a couple of small Striper's followed it up to the boat . I was fishing the same spot for about 20 mins. or so . Should I speed up my strip ? I was throwing a type 3 head . Thank's fish-head
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Andy its good to see you found some fish to pick on down there, let me know when youget back up here.....Nate
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