Charlie Craven

Charlie’s Fly Box

I bought my first Dyna-King vise in about 1990. As a commercial tier I have tied on that same Pro model C-clamp nearly every day since then and over the years I have racked up an incredible amount of flies, from small trout patterns to giant offshore stuff.When I look back and think about the amount of use I have gotten out of this vise, I am astonished how well the thing has held up, and in fact, I think it’s actually gotten smoother over the years. I’ll be the first to admit I like nice things, fine guns, reels and the like and my vise is no exception; incredibly well made, durable and flawless.Dyna-King vises have served me quite well and have my wholehearted endorsement. Nearly all of my tying tools have been changed and improved on over the last twenty years, but my Pro has stayed loyally clamped to my bench the entire time. That says something.

Charlie Craven has been a commercial fly tyer for over thirty years, and in that time has tied flies for nearly every species of game fish in nearly every location in the world, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rockies. He designs flies for Umpqua Feather Merchants and some of his popular patterns include the Jujubee Midge, Jujubaetis, Two Bit Hooker, Charlie Boy Hopper, Dirty Hippy, Flip Flop, Double Gonga and Poison Tung. He was the fly tyer and photographer for Barr Flies (John Barr) and is the author of Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying as well as Charlie’s Fly Box, Signature Flies for Fresh and Saltwater. He owns and operates Charlie’s Fly Box in Arvada, Colorado and can be reached through his website,

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