Cricket Anyone?

ScottPScottP Senior MemberPosts: 480 Senior Member
or Charlie Boy meets Thunderthighs

I like the Charlie Boy http://www.charliesflyboxinc.com/flybox/details.cfm?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/2010/06/17/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
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slide foam to back of hook and wrap hook shank with thread
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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)
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poke a hole in the foam strip at hook eye
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pull foam over hook eye and let foam protrude over the front
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apply Crazy Glue (gel) on back end
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apply some on binder strip
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fold strip back over and squeeze at tip
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couple soft wraps (don't want to cut the foam) and pull; thread should be right about where the barb is
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cross-wrap over top to where you want next segment and repeat wrap
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and again
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one more at the hook eye (I know; insects have 3-segment body but fish don't seem to care)
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use razor to cut back end (parallel to hook shank)
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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)
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add front legs
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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)
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move thread back one segment and add wing (I use landscape fabric; optional but I like the way it looks)
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fold the foam strip back and tie off to create head
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and trim
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rear legs made from 1mm strip of foam cut to shape
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tie overhand knot in a piece of sexi-floss
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insert rear leg
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pull floss tight and trim tag end
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attach back legs and trim at tie-in
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add indicator strip
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trim strip, front legs and you're done
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Regards,
Scott
They say the times are changing but I just don't know

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