The Clouser Swimming Nymph – the right ticket for Carp!
Above: Brian Schmidt of Umpqua Feather Merchants fights a large carp on the Saint Vrain as Will Tiefel from Front Range Anglers looks on.
My go-to flies for fishing to non-rising fish are brown or rust colored Clousers or leeches. Next in line is dark olive. Most are tied with a little bit of flash and occasionally small rubber legs. Some 10 years ago on a carp trip I was introduced to the effectiveness of the swimming Clouser by Brad Befus. It was and remains today his number one go-to fly for Carp. It imitates leeches, damselflies, dragonflies, crayfish, and baitfish.
Clouser Swimming Nymph Recipe Hook: TMC 200 Size: 6 ~ 14 Thread: FL Red Danville 6/0 Tail: Pearl Midge Flash & Burnt Orange Rabbit Guard Hairs Abdomen: Burnt Orange Crawdub Thorax: Burnt Orange Crawdub Hackle: Speckled Brown Hen Back Head: Tying Thread (Medium Sized)