Fly Tying Vid: Squirrel Tail Carp Clouser

Fly Tying Vid: Squirrel Tail Carp Clouser

Fly Tying Vid: Squirrel Tail Carp Clouser

This is my favorite pattern for carp fishing the upper Missouri River near Toston, Montana, about 2hr 15min from Gardiner. Montana isn’t exactly known as a carp-fishing mecca, and the Missouri is usually known only for its trout, but this stretch of river is shallow and clear enough to offer sight-fishing opportunities for carp averaging 4 to 12lbs. They make a great changeup for trout fishing in August and early September.

Hook: Clouser-style, #2-6.

Thread: 3/0 or 6/0 brown.

Eyes: Black bead chain, brass, or lead (lightest to heaviest). Tie a variety of weights.

Belly: Natural gray squirrel tail.

Flash: Black, medium brown, or root beer Krystal Flash, or a mix of two of the above. Keep the flash sparse.

Wing: Natural fox squirrel tail.

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