How To Tie The Ray Charles: Fly Tying Video

Happy 2019! Today we kick off our first fly tying tutorial of the new year. Have a great day and we look forward to serving you and teaching you how to tie more flies in 2019!

Starting out on the Bighorn River the Ray Charles is a banger of a fly pattern. Most closely imitating a Sow bug this fly can also pass for a scud and even a Mysis shrimp in the right color combinations. Although it is most often tied in white this pattern can also effective in pink tan and grey variations. I tend to always keep a nice hot spot head as well, whether it is a fluorescent thread or a bright red. If you master this pattern, take a look at the soft hackle version as well as it can be just as effective.

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Ray Charles Ingredients List / Recipe:

Hook – Umpqua U202
Thread – Veevus 16/0 White
Body – Ostrich Herl White
Backing – Pearlescent Flat Tinsel Medium

Tools used to create this fly:
Vise – Griffin Montana Mongoose
Scissors – Loon 4″ Razor Scissors
Bobbin – Dr. Slick Ceramic Bobbin
Whip Finish – Dr. Slick Brass Whip Finish

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Learn to tie the Ray Charles fly

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