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I'm loving the book and flies are coming along great, just wish I wasnt hitting bottom in my pockets >.< This is my 6th CJ.

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Yes, I have to agree, Charlie Craven's book is a great!

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That CJ looks great Charlie. Copper Johns are a tough tie for me, it's one of those flies I just buy.
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Default Re: Craven's beginners book

Verry nice CJ! I tied my first two using Cravens website. I have that book and its great, but for the way I have my tying area set up its more convenient to use my laptop than an book so most often I use his website. After I make time to tie a few more I'll post them. Though that one I think looks better than my first two.
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I agree. Charlie's book is tops. Here he is tying a 2 minute CJ, and it's perfect. This video is Charlie Craven tying:
2 Minute Copper John The Daily Fly Paper Blog
He gets the body really leveled with thread before his wire wraps. I think that I watch this every time before tying a CJ just for a refresher.
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Jimmie, Thanks for sharing that video. I find it interesting that in the video he ties in the Partridge as separate clumps, but on his website says to cut a 'V' in the feather hold it over the top pinch down the the quils on each side of the 'V' to the sides of the fly and then tie them in. The way in the video looks more simple, but I guess with practice either would be just as simple. I wish the showed him applying the apoxy-I didn't have any trouble with it, but it would just be nice to see him do it.
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Thanks guys, waiting for Charlie to get some brown hen cape in before I learn the prince. Payday Wednesday, time for more material!
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Holy ****, he flies on that CJ.
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