I have been flyfishing in the salt now for about 8 years and tying all of my own flies. If I was only allowed to cary a couple of flies, they would be a clouser and a deceiver. I have however, over the past couple of years been tying more jiggy flies than clousers - I think that the action is more jig-like(hense the name)and I find that when fishing around exposed rocks at low tide, the dumbell eyes on the clousers occasionally snap off when they clip the rocks. 90% of the time I fish an intermediate line when wade fihing. I will realy only fish a full sinking line when fishing from a boat. As far as getting hit in the back with a clouser or other weighted fly, we've all done it. That's where the saying "chuck and duck" came from.