Olive Willy

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  1. FlyShopKristin

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    I promised to post some pics of the Olive Willy - here they are. The Olive Willy is a pattern created by William Servey years ago. There's two patterns in the 'series' - the Olive Willy and Drunk Dragon.

    The OW has two styles - I've attached photos of both. The difference is the wing of red rabbit at the collar. The fly in the pic with the rabbit is tied by William. The other was tied by my son Jake.

    Taxon and Kent wrote up the recipe and instructions so well, that I've just included their notes:

    Materials:
    Hook: Tiemco 5263BL #12
    Bead: Translucent red
    Thread: Black
    Tail: Fl. Olive Pheasant rump feather (William uses Fl. Yellow)
    Body: Dark olive chenille
    Hackle: Fl. Olive Pheasant rump feather ((William uses Fl. Yellow)

    Tying steps:
    1) Debarb hook
    2) Slide bead to eye
    3) Attach tying tread and wrap to bend
    4) Cut a pinch of the webby hackle at base of feather and tie in as tail (The tail is not marabou but the aftershaft feathers from the rump)
    5) Attach chenille and wrap to slightly behind eye, leaving room for hackle
    6) Attach hackle by tip, fold barbules back, and take two wraps while
    stroking barbules rearward.
    8.)optional - Wrap in the rabbit wing
    7) Tie off, whip finish, and apply head cement (behind bead)

    You can find another OW picture here (and a ton of entomology info)

    There's a pic of a Drunk Dragon in flybill's gallery.
     

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    Thanks Kristin!!! I am new to the art of tying fly's do you teach people to tie these two patterns?

    Rick
     
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    Thanks for postring the photos Kristin - the Olive Willy is one of the most successful stillwater flies in Western Washington.

    whynothunt,

    If you supply enough Bud Light, William himself would probably teach you how to tie just about anything! :)

    Hywel
     
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    Yes Rick, if you come by we'd show you how to tie the flies. Hmm...might be a good demo for the upcoming Open Tyers Table, however - I have to agree with Hywel -- learning these patterns from William is really an..experience.. not to be missed!!:thumb:

    If people are interested I bet William would come out and give a demo. Let me know if there's interest and we can set it up.

    -Kristin
     
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    The drunken Dragon is not a fly that you can see in a picture and then go and tie it up. It is done in a whole different way. I've did a few of them and to me it wasn't too easy.

    Jim
     
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    Dick Warnke was Pram-Man

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    Anyone have the receipe for the Drunk Dragon. Or where to find it??? It would be greatly appreciated!!!
     
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    Count me in, I would love a demo and I will come by the shop!!

    Thanks
    Rick
     
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    William is a great guy and story teller, and i'm sure a demo class with him would be a blast. i would be in and sure that a couple of my buddies would be in too.
     
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    Count me in too. Would relish the opportunity to watch the originator tie his flies.
     
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    Cool - we'll talk with William and report back with a time/date.

    Pram-man: I'm not sure if you'll be able to find instuctions on the Drunk Dragon pattern - as Jim noted, its a really unusual tie, I think its one you just have to see it done in person.

    Kristin
     
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    Wow,
    Be sure to let Jake know he did a really fine job with that fly, I wish i could wrap a bug that well at that age, nice work!
     
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    Randy Diefert aka: Longears

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    Those are great. thanks for sharing Kristin. The fly on the right looks sort of like a Carey Bugger. nice job!
     
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    Like what has been said. It is the back part of the body that is different. It isn't built up like you usually build up fly bodies. It is wrapped on differently and I don't think that I could explain it. This is one fly that you have to see being tied to do it yourself.

    Jim
     
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    Just to follow up here - William will be at the shop next Saturday the 25th. Details are located in the calendar or events forum.
     
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    Dang it, I'm going fishing this weekend. bawling:
     
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    It appears Kristin isn’t going to do it, so I’ll provide a follow-up report for those who were unable to attend William Servey’s demonstration of tying his Olive Willy and Drunk Dragon patterns at All About The Fly on Saturday.

    First off, William is an extremely interesting and knowledgable fellow. Secondly, Jim Swan was sure right when he said the only way to understand how William builds the flat body on his Drunk Dragon is to see him do it.

    In any event, it was a real treat to hear William, and to watch him tie his patterns. Thank you, Kristin, for providing all of us with that opportunity.
     

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