Bob’s love of the outdoors, especially fishing, led him into the fishing business. He continues to guide, teach and share his enjoyment with others.
Bob now teaches fly tying, fly casting and fishing. His casting demonstrations, using visual aids and casting weighted flies and lines, are very popular. Bob holds freshwater and saltwater fly fishing/casting schools at various locations around the country. He also hosts trips to great fresh and saltwater fishing locations.
Bob’s lectures, tying demonstrations and presentations are given nationwide. He is sought after for his presentations on “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass” – catching smallmouth from top to bottom using flies – and “Fly Fishing Adventures" – about various species that can be caught on fly rod and flies. Bob’s Fly Casting Demonstration, "Casting Weighted Flies and Lines" is highly sought after. Bob is frequently called upon for participating in charity events.
Bob has been featured in many fine fly fishing and fly tying videos and DVDs. Some of these are instructional videos can be found in retail shops across the country, and some have been presented on national television. Bob is also a prolific and highly regarded author of fly fishing and fly tying articles. His articles have been published in national and regional magazines, as well as in fresh and saltwater publications. He has completed two books. “Clouser’s Flies” contains 16 of his fly patterns, which are recognized worldwide. His other book, “Fly Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams," – rated by Fly Fisherman Magazine as Best on the Subject—it contains techniques and flies for catching smallmouth bass. Bob enjoys doing freelance outdoor photography.
Bob is the innovator of many fine fly patterns, all of which have gained worldwide popularity. His flies include The Clouser Minnow, The Half and Half, Clouser Crayfish, Swimming Nymph, Crippled Minnow, Mad Tom, The Darter, Hellgrammite, E-Z Ppopper, Floating Minnow and many others. Bob’s Clouser Minnow is claimed to be the most effective underwater fly ever developed, rated as #1 by Field and Stream Magazine. He has designed a fly line (The Clouser Taper) manufactured by Rio Products that makes casting heavy wind-resistant fly patterns a dream to cast. He is on the advisory staff for Temple Fork Outfitters and has designed a line of rods (Clouser Series Fly Rods) with Temple Fork Outfitters. He is also on the staff of Rainy’s Flies Inc. and Renzetti Inc.
Bob has been presented numerous awards for his strong conservation work, especially work done to enhance smallmouth bass fishing in Pennsylvania. Most notable among his awards are his induction into the national Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as Legendary Angler induction into the Catskill Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in 2009, the Warm Water Committee Achievement Award, a national award presented by The Federation of Fly Fishers, the Dr. Henshall Award presented by The Federation of Fly Fishers, and National Angler of the Year 2000 by Fly Rod and Reel Magazine. He is a strong supporter of recreational fishing as well as conservation. He was awarded the 1995 Conservation Award of the Year, presented by the Susquehanna Smallmouth Alliance, and in 1997 the Charles K. Fox Rising Trout Conservation Award, presented by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
Bob and his wife, Joan, operate Clouser’s Fly Shop and a Clouserflyfishing.com, a website/mail order business at 101 Ulrich St. Middletown, PA 17057. Their products can be ordered from Bob’s website, www.clouserflyfishing.com, where information on his schools and trips is also available.