or Charlie Boy meets Thunderthighs

I like the Charlie Boy http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/fly...m?parentID=164 body because it seems to be more secure on the hook, but the front end and legs of the Thunderthighs http://hopperfishing.wordpress.com/2...thunderthighs/ look pretty cool so I thought I'd cross-breed

Lot of steps here, but the fly is pretty easy to tie and doesn't take all that long


Trim foam strip (hook gap width) to a point (different than Charlie Boy but I'll explain); poke a hole for the hook


slide foam to back of hook and wrap hook shank with thread


tie a 2mm x 2mm strip of foam to hook shank; helps to bind foam body to hook (leave a tag end on the back - helps elevate the tail end later)



poke a hole in the foam strip at hook eye


pull foam over hook eye and let foam protrude over the front


apply Crazy Glue (gel) on back end


apply some on binder strip


fold strip back over and squeeze at tip


couple soft wraps (don't want to cut the foam) and pull; thread should be right about where the barb is


cross-wrap over top to where you want next segment and repeat wrap


and again


one more at the hook eye (I know; insects have 3-segment body but fish don't seem to care)


use razor to cut back end (parallel to hook shank)


trim back end to point (this is why I pre-trimmed the foam; scissors seem to grab foam better and makes it easier to maintain the pointed shape)




add front legs



cut foam on top at front tie-in (original Thunder-thighs has both layers of foam folded over here but on small hooks like this #10, it's a bit too big for me)



move thread back one segment and add wing (I use landscape fabric; optional but I like the way it looks)



fold the foam strip back and tie off to create head



and trim


rear legs made from 1mm strip of foam cut to shape


tie overhand knot in a piece of sexi-floss

insert rear leg

pull floss tight and trim tag end


attach back legs and trim at tie-in



add indicator strip


trim strip, front legs and you're done




Regards,
Scott