Bob Clouser

Years Fishing?

Since I was 14 years old and received a fly tying kit from my parents for Christmas.

Years Guiding? 

Was 40 years old when I started guiding fly anglers on the Susquehanna River for Smallmouth Bass. Was 78 when I stopped guiding.

Who introduced you to fly fishing? 

My Dad

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there? 

 I fished for trout, carp, panfish and smallmouth all over Pennsylvania and other states for years. I was guiding during the months of July, August, September, October and early November.

What’s the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

All year around for various species.

What are your favorite travel destinations? What’s on the bucket list?

Peacock Bass

What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

They work. Durability, Performance and accuracy.

EXOCETT 908-4 One of the best casting rods ever, I use it for casting demonstrations at events, It is responsive to all my demands.

Exocett ss 8’8”350 9 wt.

EXOCETT ss 8’8” 250  8 wt.

EXOCETT SS 8’8” 160 6 wt.

What’s your current go-to fly? 

Clouser Minnow

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable? 


My favorite thing about guiding is: 

A smile on my client's face after he catches a fish.

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

Catching numbers of fish and others quality in sizes

What can new fishermen expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is: 

Satisfaction as advertised from the guide.

Is what he asks for.

What’s your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack? 

Cold water and tasty food.

When I guided, food that was preferred by clients and a standard of Roast Chicken ,  Water Mellon , Cheese and crackers.

When I’m not fishing you’ll find me....

Fishing or tying flies