Crazy Charlie: Orange
Recreate fly patterns at home! Materials used in making this fly have been included below. Always keep in mind your local fly-fishing store will most likely have the materials referenced, and typically for less. Materials can also be found at Amazon or any other major on-line resource.
- Mustad 34007SS (#6)
- UTC 210, fluorescent fire orange
- Bead Chain Eyes, medium, silver
- Krystal Flash, fluorescent fire orange
- Vinyl Rib, flat, pearl
- Calftail, orange
Design Inspiration & Detail
Clayton Yee designed this particular fly. You may find quite a few of his designs at his local fly shop, Nervous Water Fly Fishers in Honolulu, HI. Clay established Nervous Water Fly Fishers in 1999 before fly-fishing in the islands really took off. For the few years I lived in Hawaii, he and his shop manager Sean we more than helpful in setting me up with some effective fly patterns. His Mean Streak Gotcha and Reef Special are two more great patterns for Bonefish just about anywhere.
The Orange Crazy Charlie is another great fly for fishing South Florida and Caribbean flats. Anything that looks like a shrimp or crab with natural colors and an splash of something bright is already the perfect fly for catching some local game fish. As always, the metallic/ crystal flash really gives the fly some life. Add a few strands for legs or antennule. Be creative and change up colors. Options for upgrading the pattern are endless.
This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – jacks and many other species will also take the fly.