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Mesilla Valley Flyfishers, Inc.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Fly of the Month

Ray Charles
April 2013

The Ray Charles is a staple on the bighorn. This pattern produces trout almost every day of the year and presumably got its name because even a blind man could catch trout with it.

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  Hook: TMC 3769 #12-20
Thread: Red 70 Denier
Shellback: Medium or large pearl tinsel
Body: Ostrich Herl, color of choice, pink tan gray white orange
A variation is to rib it with a fine silver wire. This not only gives a ribbed effect but makes it considerably more durable.

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