Somethin’ Different Contributed by Alpharetta Outfitters


Inspired by the traditional Clouser Minnow and Henry Cowen’s Something Else, Michael Bowen has had success with this slightly tweaked variation that better mimics the fatter blueback herring in his local reservoir.

His variation involves adding a pearl EP brush and layers of Flash’n Slinky under the polar fiber to create a thicker midsection in the fly. The addition of the brush and Flash’n Slinky helps prevent matting as well as maintaining more body while stripping.

So far, we’ve gotten great feedback from fish where herring and similar baitfish are present. In different color schemes, it should work wherever baitfish have a little wider profile. Tie one up for yourself and let us know where it works for you


  • Danville 6/0 Grey
  • Gamakatsu SL12S #2-2/0
  • Flash’n Slinky Grey
  • Flash’n Slinky White
  • Polar Fiber Grey
  • Polar Fiber White
  • Fluorofiber Hot Pink
  • EP Sparkle 3″ Pearl Brush

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