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    Default Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    I saw this on Charlie's site, and it looked good to me. I used peacock herl
    rather than muskrat for the thorax.
    Hook: Mustad 3906
    Thread: black 8/0
    Body: Mylar and Orange Floss (One strand of floss picked out of 3 strands)
    Thorax: Peacock Herl
    Hackle: Hungarian Partridge

    Charlie's method for hackling these flies makes my life much easier. He snips
    a V section out of the top of the feather, ties in the hackle with two loose
    wraps, and then draws out the feather until the hackle length is correct.
    Charlie says he can use thread torque to spin the hackle around the hook,
    but I usually need to tweak a little before tightening the wraps. No more searching for little feathers!


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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    FrankB2: Nice looking CC soft hackle. I too like his method of V- section the feather.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    Nice wet Frank,I like this orange body very much

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    Hi Guys,
    Here's the link to Charlie's tutorial: CLICK HERE If my wife finishes playing with her hair, I can try these out
    today. What kind of angler does her hair before fishing????

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    Nice soft hackle Frankb2 I ike the peacock throax

    I didnt know you could spin soft hackle, Im going to give this a go Thanks Frankb2

    Chris

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    -You see, flies is an excellent.

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    Very Nice looking Frank...Thanks for the link...In answer to your last question: One that you don't want to mess with...

    Dan

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    Nice flies and many Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait to give that a try. If it works for my ties then all of my soft hackles get kicked to the curb. They're all too long.

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    Well Frank it must have some effect, she caught you??
    Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

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    Default Re: Simple Charlie Craven Soft Hackle

    Great looking fly.

    I actually prefer a different method for hackling soft hackles, but the v-technique is quite effective for larger feathers- guinea for one.
    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1276302_n.jpg

    I'd rather hunt fish than bait deer any day.

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