The Inside Story on How Lefty Named a Clouser Fly

Bob Clouser, (TFO Advisory Staff) teaches fly tying, casting and fishing and says the The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh & Ed Jaworowski is “the best explanation of the principles of fly casting ever published. It proves that there is very little effort in moving the fly rod to exert energy throughout its length.”

Seems like any fly fisherman worth his salt has a good Lefty Kreh story to tell. Bob, who’s the creator of the Clouser Deep Minnow fly pattern known worldwide, credits Lefty with helping him name the famous fly. Clouser_Series

Clouser tells it like this:  “I first met Lefty when I was developing fly patterns for the smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River that he and I loved to fly fish. I was in the process of developing the Clouser Minnow or the Clouser that it is now called. Lefty phoned me to ask how the river conditions were because he was bringing a friend up to fish.
“I said ‘very good, but I have something to give you to use that will out-catch any fly we ever cast to smallmouth.’ I heard a grunt on the other end of the line. When he arrived I put a half dozen of the flies in his hand and his first remark was, are these done? I said ‘yes’ and he and his friend went out on the river to fish. I mentioned that I would be over to check on how the flies were producing later in the day. TheCompleteCast-Cover-LowRes

“As I approached their boat I took notice that Lefty had on a red and white hackle fly. I asked how he was doing and said ‘not so good.’ I asked why he wasn’t using the new fly pattern I gave him.  His friend broke into a big smile that I have not seen in a long time and said: ‘Bob, I want to thank you. I just out-caught Lefty Kreh with six smallmouth to his one using your fly all day while Lefty was using a dozen of other patterns for testing your new fly.”

Lefty said, ‘What are you going to name that fly? I said he should name it since I am not good at that. He said, “Well, it is tied by Clouser and It goes deep and swims like a hurt baitfish. How about, Clouser’s Deep Minnow?’ The rest is history.”

The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh & Ed Jaworowski is available as a Collector’s Edition DVD or as an instant download. Visit to select your purchase option.

The DVD includes both Blu-Ray (BRD) and Standard Definition for $49.95. The full video is also available to download for $39.95 while individual downloadable chapters start at $5.95 to purchase and $3.95 for rental.

The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh & Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh & Ed Jaworowski is a 13-part series, produced by Temple Fork Outfitters and filmed by Bloomfield Knoble.



You’ve Been Thinking of Fishing Rods All Wrong (Modulus)

The second edition in our series of misconceptions and beliefs about fishing rods, focuses on the term modulus and what materials are used to build fishing rods.

Exhibiting at dozens of shows every year, we often are asked, “What is this? IM6 IM7?”

Our answer?


These names, (IM6, IM7, IM8 etc.) are ones that have been attached to conventional and fly rods over the past few decades. Despite being seen as the “gold,” standard, they really aren’t.

A number of recently rolled rods of various modulus await the next phase of the building process.  Photo by TFO Rods.

A number of recently rolled rods of various modulus await the next phase of the building process.
Photo by TFO Rods.

What they are, are trade names for particular graphite makeups produced by the Hexcel Corporation.

These numbers are not an indication of quality, especially since other companies use the designations to refer to graphite not made by Hexcel. At best, they allow you to compare the quality of the material used to build different rods by the same manufacturer. You can be confident that the IM7 rod would use better graphite than the IM6 rod if both are made by the same manufacturer.

It would be a much more inaccurate to use these brand names to compare rods made by two different companies.

What is important is what is refereed to as modulus.

Modulus refers to the stiffness of the graphite, not the amount of material used or the number of graphite fibers incorporated into the sheets.

It is a stiffness to weight ratio. That stiffness is a major factor in determining which rod is the best, for a desired application and fishing scenario.



Chasing The Donkey

Can’t get enough big fish, on big flies…this will get you pumped up for winter fishing…

The Ozark Fly Fisher Journal

I’m not quite sure I knew what I was biting off when I took this on. Originally Brian Wise and I were talking, as we have done for 2 or 3 years, about really doing a streamer video down here, to show the craziness and intensity of the winter season.

Then Wise got elected to public office, most of our boats were full, or I was rowing so I was just carrying the camera along and shooting the fish we landed. And they kept getting bigger. Which is totally backasswards to the way real films are made.

This is the short edit we did for the Fly Fishing Film Tour _ and missed on the last cut, but learnt a huge amount in the last few weeks with advice from those guys, about all the stuff that goes on after you finish filming.

Despite all that I still think we managed…

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You’ve Been Thinking of Fishing Rods All Wrong (Action v. Power)

You’ve been wrong your whole life about fishing rods.

Well, not totally wrong and admittedly a lot of rod builders and “industry” types are usually at fault.

Over the next few weeks, we will be covering some of the various misinterpretations present in terms of fishing rod design and function.

The first is “Action vs. Power.”

It’s a relatively common problem, an angler or “pro,” will refer to a rod as a “heavy action,” rod, instead of a heavy POWER rod.

There is no such thing, now, you can have a fast action rod, with a heavy power, but not a Heavy action rod. Remember, action refers to where the rod bends, while power refers to how it bends, in response to a certain amount of load.


Here is a rod, placed on a deflection board to compare action.  Photo by



Luckily, the folks at Tacklewarehouse have produced a handy guide to properly determining the difference between action and power.

We’ve trimmed it down to a more digestible format below. For questions on actions and/or rod powers, shoot us an email at, and we’ll do our best to explain the difference.


This describes how much of the rod deflects (bends) when you put pressure on the tip.

A fast action rod will bend in only the top third or less of the blank, a medium or moderate action will bend in the top half or so and a slow action will bend starting in the lower third of the rod. Sometimes slow action rods are termed ‘parabolic’, meaning the bend of the rod is similar throughout its length.

Generally, a “Fast” action rod will flex in the upper 1/3 of the blank, a “Medium” or “Moderate” action will flex in the upper ½ of its length and a “Slow” action all the way to the butt.

Action is simply put, the way a rod or blank bends.


This describes the strength of the rod or its lifting power.

Power is best described as the amount of energy or force that is needed to make a rod blank bend. Power generally refers to a rod’s stiffness or resistance to bending and is usually defined in terms like Ultra-light, light, medium, etc.

When choosing a rod for a specific job, length is easy to determine. Once you have determined the proper action, the next step is the rod’s power. We’ve made identifying a rod’s power easy with our Color ID System. A quick glance at the butt section will ensure you pick up the right rod when you need it.

The TFO rod power ratings have been compiled in a helpful chart, (below).








Premier Fly Casting DVD From Lefty Kreh And Ed Jaworoski

Looking to improve your fly casting and fishing game?

Having trouble figuring out that tailing loop?

Look no further, than what some have deemed the premier casting video ever to be assembled.

The Complete Cast, is now available on the TFO Shopping cart and at local TFO Rods dealers. TFO-Complete-Cast-5x3-banner-01.jpg

This DVD features over 25 casts and techniques with In-depth instruction intended to improve your casting.

Over three hours of instruction from legendary fishermen Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski will demonstrate, explain, and teach the elements common to all casts with a single-handed rod.

This Collector’s Edition includes:

  • Over 25 Casts & Techniques In-depth instruction of principles-based casting fundamentals
  • Helpful tips & techniques that are simple and easy to apply
  • Practice tutorials & exercises that improve your casting
  • Analysis of the tailing loop and how to remedy
  • Good for all skill levels
  • Over three hours of instruction

Two DVD set includes DVD and Blu-Ray disks


The Complete Cast video is nothing short of unique and combines the pearls of wisdom from two of the most experienced teachers of fly casting and fly fishing on the planet.  They relate new teaching concepts and well-known casting issues to basic principles, which makes the material so easy to understand.”
– Dr. Gordy Hill, Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Instructor and Member of the FFF Board of Governors