With the Clouser Minnow and Deceiver, the most
widely known and used saltwater flies, it is only natural that a bastardized version
of these two extremely patterns develop.
Bob Clouser developed the Half and Half as a way
of having a pattern that gives the appearance of bulk with an easy of casting.
This pattern has received wide acceptance in all areas of fly fishing.
The Half and Half is really nothing more than a
modified Clouser Minnow with the addition of a Deceiver style tail of long and
wide saddle hackles. There are several variations of this pattern in the actual
tying of the Half and Half but all versions use the Deceiver style tail.
One version has the tail and then the lower wing
is tied on the bottom of the fly to the rear of the bar bell eyes with the upper
wing tied o in front of the bar bell eyes a la Clouser Minnow style.
A second style has the tail and then the first
wing is tied on top of the hook shank directly behind the bar bell eyes and the
over wing tied on in front of the bar bell eyes. Either version works very well.
In fact, Lefty has told me that he prefers the second version and ties his Clouser
Minnow in this manner. If the lower wing is tied on in this style, when you tie
on the tail, you wrap the hook shank with thread or some other body wrap material
to directly behind the bar bell eyes.
Basically the same color combinations can be used
for the Half and Half as either the Deceiver or the Clouser Minnow but always
remember that this fly is supposed to represent a baitfish so you can use a color
or color combination that closely resembles the baitfish that you are imitating.
Generally, the Half and Half is tied on a size 2 or larger hook.
Here are some of the more popular combinations
that we use in the US.
All chartreuse with either a white or chartreuse
Chartreuse over white with a white tail
Red over white with a white
Gray over white with either a gray or white tail
Olive over white
with either an olive or white tail
Olive over tan with an olive or white tail
Tan over white with a white tail
Pink over white with either a pink or white
Various shades of green over white with a white tail
of blue over white with a white tail
There are numerous color combinations that are
area specific so again, choose the color or color combinations that work best
in the area that you are fishing.
On these flies, they use the standard bar bell
eyes with a painted pupil and iris. I have begun using the Real Eyes by Spirit
River and putting in the stick on eyes on them. They have a recess to accommodate
the stick on eyes. Not only are these easier to do, but they look more realistic
and are a lot more durable than the painted on eyes.
This is an extremely effective pattern and should
be in every fly box.
Here is how to tie the Half and Half
Half and Half.
Good Tying and Tight Lines