Crazy Charlie – Best Fly Fishing Flies

The Crazy Charlie fly is arguably one of the most well know saltwater flies in existence today. This sea fly was originally tied by Charles Smith (Many believe it was tied by Bob Nauheim, but Charles Smith actually tied this fly for Bob Nauheim), in the Bahamas, specifically to target the fish species of the exotic flats in that region; such as Bonefish, Triggerfish, Permit, Tarpon and Barracuda. It ended up being such a successful pattern, that it is now used world and a tremendous amount of saltwater fish species can be caught on it.


Type Of Fly?

  • Crustacean Imitation
  • Saltwater Fly
  • Prawn Banks Fly

When To Use?

  • All Year

Where To Use?

  • Estuaries
  • Gullies
  • Backline

Colour Variations?

  • White
  • Pink
  • Chartreuse
  • Olive Green
  • Brown

The Crazy Charlie is a deadly saltwater fly that imitates a variety of crustaceans and baitfish, mainly imitating a glassies, prawns or crabs. The Crazy Charlie is probably the best South African sea fly for targeting Grunter on the prawn/mud flats and is a great fly for targeting Bonefish. The Crazy Charlie is at its deadliest when fished slowly on the bottom. This is a must have pattern in any saltwater fly fisherman’s box, and there are so many species that can be caught on this very effective fly.

Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly?

  • Bonefish
  • Pompano
  • Grunter
  • Kob
  • Springer
  • Wave Garrick
  • Barracuda
  • Tarpon
  • Thornfish
  • Stumpnose
  • Pufferfish
  • Blacktail
  • Karanteen
  • Shad
  • Sea Catfish
  • River Bream
  • River Snapper

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