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#FRIDAYFLYTYING: The Crazy Charlie by Allen Fly Fishing

#FRIDAYFLYTYING: The Crazy Charlie

For this week’s #FRIDAYFLYTYING, we tied the Crazy Charlie in honor of the late, great Charlie Smith, who passed away this past Saturday. This fly, pioneered by Charlie and one of his anglers, Bob Nauheim, is a glass shrimp imitation and a real bonefish slayer. It’s also the first fly to use bead chain eyes to roll the fly over into a hook-point-up position. While the traditional pattern is white with standard silver bead chain and mono ribbing, here we’ve used chartreuse bead chain (because @ajgottschalk Ran out of silver) and chartreuse vinyl D-rib to match, but spaced out the ribbing rather than using the original touching wraps to keep the amount of chartreuse more limited. In the original words of Charlie: “Dat fly is nasty, mon!”
Hook: SW002, 003, or 004 –
Pearl DiamondBraid-
Beadchain –
Calftail –
Lateral Scale or other flash fiber –
D Rib or mono –

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#FRIDAYFLYTYING: Foam Beetle by Allen Fly Fishing

#FRIDAYFLYTYING: This foam beetle is a great pattern not only for fishing streams and rivers, but also for stillwater applications as discussed by our friends at the @stillwater_fly_fishing app, specifically along wind-blown banks. It’s a very quick pattern to tie up, and it’s applicable in a range of sizes!

– Hook: W501/W501BL
– Foam
– Hackle for Legs
– Estaz Chenille

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#FRIDAYFLYTYING: Prince Nymph Variant by Allen Fly Fishing

#FRIDAYFLYTYING: Prince Nymph Variant

Doug Prince first developed the Prince Nymph in the 30s, and it’s become a fly box necessity for good reason. This pattern is an excellent imitation for everything from stoneflies to water boatmen, more typically seen in lake fishing (check out the Stillwater Fly Fishing app to see more about these little guys!). The only reason we’ve made any changes to the pattern today is that we couldn’t find our peacock herl and the right hen hackle, but let’s pretend it’s to improve the durability of the fly! Whether you tie this pattern in a classic way (do it – peacock herl is a proven fish-catcher) or follow along with this variant, you need Prince Nymphs in your fly box!

– Hook: D102BL –
– Brass or Tungsten Ball Bead –
– Peacock Herl or Dubbing –
– Goose Biots –
– Weighted Wire –
– Gold Wire –
– Hen Hackle (or partridge replacement) –

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