Crazy Charlie: Pink & Tan
Recreate these flies 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 Hook 34007SS (#6)
- UTC Thread 210, Fluorescent Shell Pink
- Bead Chain Eyes, Medium, Silver
- Krystal Flash, Silver
- Bucktail, Natural (Tan)
- UTC Tinsel, Holographic, Medium, Silver
- UTC V-Rib, Medium, Clear
- Sally Hansen Hard As Nails, Hardener, Clear (#2103)
Design Inspiration & Detail
One of the most basic forms of a Bonefish fly is the Crazy Charlie – simply some vinyl wrapping around a thread color of choice and wing of Bucktail or the like. If you’re heading out for Bonefish, tie a bunch of Crazy Charlies in colors known to work well in the area. In my case, pink and tan is a great color combo for Caribbean waters. Throw in some metallic or UV flash to attract additional fish.
You may notice an inconsistency with how the tinsel is wrapped around the hook shank (under the V-Rib). Your tinsel wrapping can be contiguous, however doesn’t have to be. It all depends on how asymmetrical/ realistic you want your flies to be.
This particular fly was designed to attract Bonefish and Permit – many other species will also take the fly on a retrieve.