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Pattern Ragin' Craven
Ragin' Craven
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Category Saltwater
Entered Mon, 05 Sep 2005
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HOOK: TMC 811S #1/0, 2, 4, AND 6 THREAD: 3/0 TAN MONOCORD FOR FLY, 6/0 TAN DANVILLE FOR WEED GUARD WEIGHT: MEDIUM LEAD EYES FOR 1/0, SMALL LEAD EYES FOR #2, EXTRA-SMALL LEAD EYES FOR 34 AND 6 ANTENNAE: ONE STRAND BLACK AND ONE STRAND ROOT BEER KRYSTAL FLASH, DOUBLED OVER AS SHOWN. MOUTHPARTS: TAN CRAFT FUR CLAWS: CHINESE NECK HACKLE TIPS, CREE OR BARRED GINGER. LEGS: CREAM COLORED MEDIUM RUBBER LEGS COLORED WITH MARKERS. BODY: TAN CRAFT FUR SPUN IN A DUBBING LOOP. EYES: COLORED ON WITH A BLACK PERMANENT MARKER WEEDGUARD: 12 POUND TEST MASON HARD MONO.
Pattern Description
The Ragin' Craven was originally developed as a permit fly that could be fished both on the drop and the retrieve. See, most permit flies are to be dropped in front of the fish, and act like a crab as they drap, but lack the movement and profile to entice a grab after the fly hits the bottom. I have never had a permit eat a fly once it touched the bottom, although they generally will eyeball the hell out if it and it gets a bt frustrating. Therefore, I went to work to come up with a fly that would drop like a crab pattern, but then have the movement and profile to morph into a shrimp or other flats critter once on the bottom, allowing the angler a chance to move the fly without blowing his cover. The Ragin' is my answer. As a happy side effect, I have since discovered that the Ragin' is a great fly for bonefish. I have used it with great success in Florida, Belize and Mexico, and the fact that you can fish the same fly to both permit and bones makes it a no brainer when fishing flats that harbor both species. A good friend of mine has even caught tarpon on it, and I have it on good authority that the Ragin' is deadly on redfish as well. One of the most unexpected targets for the Ragin' has been Striped Bass on the east coast. I'm not going to argue with this fly and it's ability to interest a variety of species, I'm just happy that it does!