Crystal (olive) Willy

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by troutpocket, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. troutpocket Active Member

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    After Bill reminded me about the red "tuft" OW's I got busy modifying my jig design. One with a red marabou tuft and one with claret filoplume. Jan 2013 009.JPG Jan 2013 012.JPG
  2. Nick Clayton Active Member

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    Oh hell yeah those are super fishy! Nice ties.
  3. Nick Clayton Active Member

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    I can find the slotted beads in several colors online but not red/orange. Would be fun to play with some if they were around.
  4. Bad-Daddio Member

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    Sounds like you should start playing with powder coating....
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  5. jimmydub Active Member

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    Those things look deadly! I agree with B-D (also an awesome smiley), I used to powder coat steelhead and salmon jigs to get the look I wanted.
  6. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    You'll have to send some over here for on the water testing when the lakes open up in a month.:)

    But.... they may be "rod crackers".
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  7. nailbender Active Member

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    I think those will fish good like that.
  8. jwg Active Member

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    Try red nail polish
  9. McNasty Canyon Lurker

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    dang troutpocket, those look tasty!
  10. skyrise Active Member

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    I do something similar in only in Black.
    like the red glass bead.
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  11. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I've never had any luck with OW. Not for lack of trying. I used to use Carey specials a long time ago, especially for brookies. The Carey was eventually replaced by the Six Pack. The six pack, especially with a oversized black beadhead is still one of my top three patterns. One season I experimented using only the six pack on stillwaters throughout Washington. I did really well that season. When I first spotted the olive willy, I thought wow. That may outfish the six pack, but I could never get the fly to produce better than a six pack or even a Carey. I
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  12. Mike Ediger Active Member

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    You preach the gospel Mr Junkie. My research supports your findings.
  13. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Love the ties! This my go to lake pattern and I've meet William Servey who came up with this fly and watched him tie it along with the Drunk Dragon!!
  14. Nick Clayton Active Member

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    I always find it interesting how for some people one pattern may be their tried and true, go to pattern, while other folks never find success. I fish simi seal leeches in stillwater a majority of the time, and always feel very confident. When I tie on flies such as the OW, I don't have such confidence. Others, as is obvious by this thread and many others, have a complete opposite experience. Just goes to show ya, there is more than one way to skin a cat.
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