by Ken Collins - January 30, 2013
A quick an easy fly pattern that was developed in the late 70’s by Bob Nauheim while fishing the flats of Andros Island in to the Bahamas. Its simple dressings and most of the time minimally weighted eyes are some of its key reasons for success. It is definitely one of the must have fly patterns for any travelling salt water angler. There have been countless slightly modified versions of this fly over the years, including this Cuba Charlie. I fished the Crazy Charlie patterns faithfully for many years and almost all varieties and colours caught fish.
I did however as I focused my last ten years of salt water angling to the flats of Cuba discovered certain colours worked better than others... and most importantly white wings scared away more fish than I was prepared to accept. Thus the grey wing was added. This dulled down wing has been a very important fish producing conclusion of my time spent wading salt water flats.