Fishing the dreaded sinking line in saltwater/stillwater

When we fly fishermen talk about saltwater fly fishing, we tend to think about crystal clear flats, small flies and sight casting at fish. And why not? Who doesn't enjoy casting small flies at cruising fish in shallow water? There is however so much more to experience in the deep blue waters of the oceans (and freshwater too!) with a fly rod in hand and fishing a sinking line makes many of those things possible.

When I first started fly fishing in the salt (the same goes for freshwater) I didn't really like fishing the sinking line. It was so tiresome, clumsy and too much work. Over the years and seeing plenty of different fisheries and being on trips that didn't really deliver on the sight fishing department I have grown to really appreciate and actually like fishing different spots with a sinking line. I kind of like it now a days but please don't tell anyone that, so I won't be verbally murdered by the purist crowd:).

There are many many different ways to fish …

Clousers - my way

Clousers are one of those select few classic patterns that transcend the lines between freshwater and saltwater fishing. It offers a platform for almost unlimited amount of modifications and has been used to fish for almost everything that swims. When Bob Clouser came up with this fly in 1985, he did all of us fly fishermen a huge service. It's a true classic that is as relevant today as it was back then.

Clousers were the first SW pattern I tied and might be my last one too. I can roughly categorize my Clousers to three different styles. All the different nuances between patterns are too many to count so we will go forward with the three main styles.


  The traditional way uses a bucktail tail that's tied and wrapped behind the eyes all the way to the back of the shank just before the hook bend starts. The wing is tied in front of the eyes. A good and traditional way to attach the eyes is to divide the hooks shank in to three parts and attach the eyes 1/3 away from…