Charlie Craven – Charlie’s Fly Box – Top Flies – TYing and Fishing Tips
Today’s Fly Fishing Journeys podcast features Charlie Craven, the master fly tier who has been setting the standard for innovation in fly tying for over 30 years. Charlie’s expertise in fly tying is renowned, and his signature flies for various species of gamefish are celebrated by anglers worldwide. With a specialty in trout of the Rockies, Charlie’s Flies are known for their durability, functionality, and creativity. Join us as we delve into Charlie’s journey, learn more about Charlie’s approach to fly tying, and get insights into his secrets to success.
[01:47] Charlie’s Background – Charlie recounts his journey thus far, describing how he began with fly-tying and ended up with his shop.
[11:18] Signature Fly Tyers – We cover some patterns created by Charlie, his relationship with Umpqua, and the specifics of one of his patterns, the Jujubaetis.
[25:01] Advice – Where does Charlie get the inspiration for all his signature flies?
[26:03] Resins – The game changer in fly tying and the demise of epoxy
[31:12] Quasimodo – All about Quasimodo
[35:05] Tips for Effective Soft Tackle- Charlie shares tips and techniques to make an effective soft tackle.
[36:44] BBK Hooks – The use of BBK hooks in fly tying and their impact on fishing.
[38:32] Resources – Learn where to look for additional information on Charlie and fly fishing.
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Mentioned in the episode:
Charlie’s Fly Box: Signature Flies for Fresh and Salt Water: amazon.com/Charlies-Fly-Box-Signature-Flies/dp/0811719650
Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish: amazon.com/Charlie-Cravens-Basic-Fly-Tying/dp/0979346029
Tying Streamers: Essential Flies and Techniques for the Top Patterns: amazon.com/Tying-Streamers-Essential-Techniques-Patterns/dp/0811739392
Tying Nymphs: Essential Flies and Techniques for the Top Patterns: amazon.com/Tying-Nymphs-Essential-Techniques-Patterns/dp/1934753351
Fly Fisherman: flyfisherman.com/
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