Surprisingly, this little fly fishes well in the open ocean and in estuarine habitats like Puget Sound and the Frasier River in BC. The fly is small but predatory fish from sea run cutthroat to Black Rockfish know how to key in on little prey and have no problems finding these flies when they are featured on the menu.
Fishing these flies in estuaries is best done with floating and intermediate lines, using little twitches to keep the fly in the upper few inches or feet of the water. I have found that the sink rate of the fly in increased as heavier layers of Cure Goo are added, so if you plan to fish this fly in a few feet of water, like is common where Sea Run Cutthroat lurk in the spring; you want to keep the Goo layer relatively thin. When fishing Pacific Rockfish around kelp and over reefs in 20 ft of water with fast sinking fly lines, you may make the Goo layer quite thick and this makes for a more easily detectable fly that the fish will take with solid approval.
As always, experiment and vary the color combinations to suit your local conditions and personal preferences.
Shimmer Fringe Clouser Minnow
Overall Length = 2”
Thread: Fine Mono
Hook: #4 Mustad 3407
Body: Ice Dub Shimmer Fringe Minnow Pearl Mix
Upper body: Shimmer Fringe Minnow back Hot and Shell Pink
Eyes: Hareline Pseudo Eyes – small black/chartreuse
Cure Goo: Hydro