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Join Bennett-Watt and learn how to make a Crazy Charlie fishing fly.
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Male Speaker: First fly there we start with is, this is called the Crazy Charlie and we start with our jam knot. And we clip off our tag in and the next thing we're going to do with this fly is we're going to take our bead chain. Now, this is a regular bead chain like you pull on a lamp chain and what you do is you just take two beads and you clip them with your little wire clipper. Now what we do is we start all bonefish fly because we want them to ride hook up, we are starting by tying on the back of the hook.
Now, we're going to set these eyes back about one third, not quiet ahead of in the middle of the shank in the hook and what we do is we lay the bead on there, we put about three wraps that way and about three wraps that way. Once that you're done right away, because when you want it do is, you want to make sure that you have it in the right position. If you need to sheet it back a little, you know, at that point you can before you really lock it.
Another wrap and now we're going to wind this back and forward. Now, with this fly, I'm going to put a protective coating on it and I'm just going to use some old monofilament line. I'm going to use some of the rib materials, later on in other flies. Now, we start, we put the monofilament up against the eyes and we tie it down. Now, all Bonefish flies, I like to tie them well, well into the bend that of the hook and this is the bend. The reason is so they could see a little bit of it.
The reason I'm starting this with a green body is because I just want a green bug and I put one wrap underneath the fishing line which will be the outer cover of the body. I want to pack nice, then I run my thread upfront. Now I'm going to change colors of thread. Let's apply material spring. I'm going from a green thread up to a black thread and this is a good little trick because I change thread and a lot of my saltwater flies. What you do is you take the green thread, lay it across your hand, and you take the black thread, there is about five or six inches of thread out of the bobbin, and I pinch it on pop of a green and you can see the green's going around that way and you go around the top. One, two three and I am going to clip that off, and here you are. Your green thread is ready to go and your black thread is now on the fly.
Now I want to really see those eyes in place. I'm going to put a little flash in this, and this is how I'm going to do this. You got about six or eight shrimps of a crystal flash. I run that almost to the back, one more safety wrap. Now, I cape it, this fishing line is really curly from this pool and I start to wrap the crystal flash forward.
Then up to the eyes, I'm building up a little bit there. Again I do figure 8 around the eyes, one wrap in front, two three wraps over, and back and I am going to clip this off. Now we're going to take this fishing line and this will be outer shield, so to speak very durable and we will start to wrap this around. And what you do is you just do consecutive wraps. We just lean this back, this fishing line a little bit as you're going and it almost just fall into the place as you go. It's a lot easier and it probably locked so you can go fast once you get going, you get a grip.
Now you leave a little space right here, leave about one sixteenth through a 30 second from an inch. Don't wrap right up to the eyes and then try and figure 8 because you have a big ball, there's not. You don't what that, you want the fly as to look pretty. I found that if your flies don't look pretty, you won't want to fish with them.
Okay, bring that around, I'm going to tie that off. Three wraps and she'd be good. You don't want this monofilament that fishing line to come with, so it'll be all over the place. Put another couple of safety wraps. At this point, if you don't have a roller device, you'd take the fly and do this to finish it and I caught flies for a lot of years that way and it still works.
Okay. To finish the fly, we're going to use a pretty calf tail over wing. You could put in material out by the eye, almost looks like it's covered. Then you put a couple of wraps and then you slide it back to where you like it and you start to cinch it up. Tie them. What I'm going to do is I like to put an accent on it and I'm just going to put a little grisly feather accent. So I get two feathers that are about the same. I'm going to pull them off and the tip looks similar and how I do this, and I think this adds a lot you know, if you believe in your fly you're going to catch more fish on it.
And what do is I always start with a white feather first because this thing's always, when I teach, a lot of people have a trouble in getting this one in straight. So all I do is I kind of lay it on and I lay it just a little bit long. And I put it about three wraps on it. Now you can adjust it the way you like it. Sometimes, you want to roll on you a little bit. It doesn't matter, just make sure you've set it right with it and you like it.
Put a few more wraps there. That's what a nice little kind of a ramp not there, okay. And then I take the other one and I tied in just a wee bit long. Reason that I wanted them to be even. You are going need these just little tricks that going to help you tie nice bonefish flies easier. You can see that's a little warm and now what you do is you slide it down, and you're always making that in the same name.
What we do is we could just kind of come around the front and look. It doesn't have to be absolutely perfect, but you know, if you just take a minute, you can get them perfect. Le t me a couple more wraps a little tighter or I think I have it kind of pull out away and keep a little snip. And now what I do, I'm just kind of make a real nice head, almost like dress them with sand and fly at the end .
Now I would finish with my hands, then make a tool for this. I don't use them on salt water flies, I do use it if I tie a little tinny flies. There's your basic Crazy Charlie and in different sizes, you'll catch Bonefish with this in any Bonefish destination.