The virtues of the Clouser Minnow have been extolled by just about everyone who has ever fished it, and when I want to get a fly down along the platform pilings, this is the pattern I usually turn to. The Clouser is a basic baitfish simulator, and in the weighted version, it is an ideal pattern for working the submerged structure that surrounds the oil rig platforms. Because the hook point rides up, there is less chance of the fly fouling on any of these obstructions. Depending on the weight of the eyes that you select, the Clouser can be tailored to fish a variety of depths. However, I especially like it for deep-water applications because the weight-forward profile causes the fly to dip and dive on the retrieve, very much like a jig. The resulting action can prove irresistible to a host of game fish.