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    Default Some Crazy Charlies

    Hi there

    Been tying some new Crazy Charlie patterns for the Winter Mangrove season. Would appreciate any constructive criticism for the patterns.
    Some of the wings are tied using this new material, DNA, from the UK. Really nice stuff, and excited to use it for some new baitfish patterns.....
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    they look the business...like the sparser tied flies aswell.should gaurentee you an ON DAD!
    stephen is wishing he was fishing location x right now.......



    Stephen Smith

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    Great stuff man, I like the sparse ones too! Great material youve got there.

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    Default Marabou

    Anyone here ever tied a crazy charlie with Marabou wing?

    Going to try this evening and see how it looks. Will post tomorrow....

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    Default some more charlie experiments

    Tied some brown charlies with marabou, and also DNA.
    Also tied some crease flies, but the glue finish needs some work....
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    Hi there

    Nice flies, Charlies and Crease flies are wonderful producers of fish. Two things you might want to try when you hit the vice next:

    1. Tie the eye on the Charlie further back from the eye, you'll have lots more room to tie in the wing, it'll be easier to tie and your finish will be neater.

    2. Pay careful attention to the gape of the hook you leave on your crease fly when it is finished. The body of your fly is closing that gape quite a lot and your hook up rate is going to be seriously diminished.

    Other than that you got yourself a bunch of winners there!

    Tight lines and happy tying!

    Regards

    Paul
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Hi there

    Nice flies, Charlies and Crease flies are wonderful producers of fish. Two things you might want to try when you hit the vice next:

    1. Tie the eye on the Charlie further back from the eye, you'll have lots more room to tie in the wing, it'll be easier to tie and your finish will be neater.

    2. Pay careful attention to the gape of the hook you leave on your crease fly when it is finished. The body of your fly is closing that gape quite a lot and your hook up rate is going to be seriously diminished.

    Other than that you got yourself a bunch of winners there!

    Tight lines and happy tying!

    Regards

    Paul
    Thanks Paul....will remember that for when I find more time to tie again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    Hi there

    Nice flies, Charlies and Crease flies are wonderful producers of fish. Two things you might want to try when you hit the vice next:

    1. Tie the eye on the Charlie further back from the eye, you'll have lots more room to tie in the wing, it'll be easier to tie and your finish will be neater.

    2. Pay careful attention to the gape of the hook you leave on your crease fly when it is finished. The body of your fly is closing that gape quite a lot and your hook up rate is going to be seriously diminished.

    Other than that you got yourself a bunch of winners there!

    Tight lines and happy tying!

    Regards

    Paul
    Spot on Paul, good info here.

    Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by beefybovril View Post
    Tied some brown charlies with marabou, and also DNA.
    Also tied some crease flies, but the glue finish needs some work....
    Marabou can be used, but will not last, maybe mix marabou/bucktail very sparsly, marabou over b/tail for free movement.

    DAVE
    Handle every situation like a dog.- If you cant hump it, piss on it and walk away. --JASPER.

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