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Crazy Charlie Fly

A not-so-fancy masterpiece.

March 27, 2013
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When Charlie Smith (better known as Crazy Charlie) created the Nasty Charlie (later dubbed the Crazy Charlie), he had no idea what he was onto.
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While the original Crazy Charlie might appear to be nothing more than a few chicken feathers bound to a hook weighted with dumbbell eyes, this fly literally changed bonefishing.
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Maybe not every single bonefish fly in existence has traces of Charlie Smith’s handiwork in it, but the argument can certainly be made that most do.
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After meeting him and examining the Crazy Charlie he tied for me, I found myself admiring its imperfections and determined it was a compelling representation of Charlie himself. Simple, rough around the edges and modestly legendary.
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Visiting Smith at the dilapidated but nonetheless renowned Bang Bang Club was a true honor. His hands were as weathered as the Crocs he wore on his feet.
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It’s always refreshing to meet an icon who never set out to be one. Smith’s a simple man who lives a simple life.
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