Published Jul 2. 2021 - 2 years ago
Updated or edited Jul 4. 2021

Chili Pepper

The Chili Pepper is obviously a variant of the crazy Charlie. Its almost identical with a few small differences. One, the color is always either orange or red, usually brightly orange. The other difference is the addition of some flash as a sort of tail off the bend of the hook. Other than that, its quite similar. It is effective for bonefish in the flats, and I know people that have success with other species like redfish and even carp as well for flies tied similar to this.

The beauty of any crazy Charlie variant is they are not difficult to tie. In fact they are down right easy and quick flies to tie. There are some challenges that come into play when tying them, but once you get them down, you can tie them fairly quickly and fill up a flats box in no time.

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As always I will list the materials below with a link to where you can purchase them.
Hook: Gamakatsu SL11-3H 3X STRONG in size 8-4 -
Thread: Veevus 6/0 in Fl Orange -
Eyes: Beadchain Eyes -
Tail Flash: Mirage (opal) flashabou -
Ribbing: D-Rib (medium) (Lt Gold Stone) -
Body Flash: Lateral Scale (1/16) (Mirage) -
Wing: Calf Tail (Orange or Red) -
Wing Flash: Midge krystal Flash (Gold) -

Vise: Renzetti Traveler -
Bobbin: Stonfo Bobtec -
Scissors: Risen all purpose 4" -
Bodkin - Pin Vise -
Whip finisher: Dr. Slick brass -
Fly Tying Bench: Oasis Walnut Compact Bench -
UV Light: Ultrafire UV Super Power -

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Chili pepper...

This isn't a chili pepper, Moana's fly is essentially a gotcha tied with green thread, a gold body and orange wing. This fly is more like an apricot charlie variant or a ring burner variant.

Martin Joergensen's picture

So many peppers...


Whether or not this is a Chili Pepper can be up for debate, but as this old article indicates, there are already several flies, which have that name.

One more might muddle the picture a bit, but not make the confusion significantly worse. That's the story of flies: so many have been tied identical and given different names, and so many bear the same name, but are yet very different.



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