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    Default ROYAL RAY CHARLES - Fly of the week - Apr 9, 2012

    ROYAL RAY CHARLES


    I have been fishing one of the most heavily fished still waters on the eastern side of Washington State, and I have tied several scud patterns. Each of them has a spot in my still water box but I came up with a simple and most effective pattern ever.


    What I learned about scuds is that they develop an "orange-hot-spot" caused by internal parasites. Some might refer as "pregnant spot" but the fact is "dying spot" that makes any still water trout gorge on dying scuds.

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    Ok, I'm confused by the instruction.

    Step 2: Tie in two olive ostrich herls and make 2/5 of the body. DO NOT cut them for now.
    Step3: Tie in two orange ostrich herls and wrap a "hot-spot" exactly in the middle of the fly. Proportion has to be 1/5 of the body.
    Step 4: Wrap remained olive ostrich herls to form the front 2/5 and tie off.

    How come in Step 4, I'm not palmering through the orange herls and screwing up the look?

    Nice fly, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven View Post
    Ok, I'm confused by the instruction.

    Step 2: Tie in two olive ostrich herls and make 2/5 of the body. DO NOT cut them for now.
    Step3: Tie in two orange ostrich herls and wrap a "hot-spot" exactly in the middle of the fly. Proportion has to be 1/5 of the body.
    Step 4: Wrap remained olive ostrich herls to form the front 2/5 and tie off.

    How come in Step 4, I'm not palmering through the orange herls and screwing up the look?

    Nice fly, btw.
    I believe from what you say here, that you should just wrap the orange herl over the olive herl for the middle 1/5th. Then continue on with the olive herl. Doing it this way you don't have to tie in your second dose of olive herl. So, when you finish the 1st 2/5th of olive, just lay a section of olive flat against the hook shank and wrap orange over it.
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    Maybe, but then step 2 should say, "make 3/5 of the body."

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    If the center is 3/5th of the entire fly, then that would leave only 1/5 olive on either end of the fly. .....2/5ths...../...1/5th../.....2/5ths.....= 5/5ths.
    You are correct though. The third 1/5th is only a 5th of the fly, and it's in the center. ......Olive......./....Red.../.......Olive......
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    There are dozens of Ray Charles Fly Patterns, representing Scuds...most using the hot spot

    Hot Spots can be used for many nymph patterns and streamer patterns

    I like the Royal Ray Charkes fly pattern, submitted by Satoshi Yamamoto

    Al Campbell's Too Simple Ray Charles http://www.flyanglersonline.com/alcampbell/ac022304.php is also another verison of a hot spot Scud fly pattern.

    For whatever reason, hot spots do cause fish striking the hook... ~Parnelli

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    FWIW, I was told by a guide on the Bighorn that the Ray Charles was meant to imitate a sowbug and that the bottom should be trimmed (to get the sowbug's flat profile) while the sides should be left long.

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