California fly tier Peter Koga spends a lot of time chasing the big bonefish of Hawaii’s tricky flats fishery, and he has developed patterns for use when these trophy fish get finicky. His Hula Charlie is a variation of the original Crazy Charlie, which was developed with Bahamian bones in mind. In this video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler films Koga at the vise, as he demonstrates the steps to create his pattern. The Hula Charlie is much simpler than Koga’s Bonefish Shrimp, which we featured last month. So if you’re heading to the tropics to chase bones, add a dozen of these to your arsenal.
Koga’s Hula Charlie
Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H, sizes 6-8.
Thread: Tan, 8/0 or 70-denier.
Eyes: Gold bead chain, medium.
Adhesive 1: Sally Hansen’s Hard-As-Nails.
Body Flash: Bonefish Tan Krystal Flash.
Underbody: Tying thread.
Body: Medium Tan D-Rib.
Body Color: Brown permanent marker.
Wing: Arctic fox tail.
Head: Tying thread.
Wing Flash: Bonefish Tan Krystal Flash.
Adhesive 2: Sally Hansen’s Hard-As-Nails.
3 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie Koga’s Hula Charlie”
That’s a great pattern. I would love to see more Hawaiian bonefish fly patterns.
for. BBenally. please email me for more bonefish patterns. thanks Terry Baird
I’m headed to Maui in a couple months for Xmas. Would love some bonefish fly tips myself