William Servey's Drunken Dragon

Discussion in 'Fly Tying Step by Step / Video' started by zen leecher aka bill w, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Recipe:
    tail: yellow dyed chinese pheasant philo feathers
    body: medium size olive chenille
    hackle: yellow dyed chinese pheasant rump
    eyes: silver lined red beads mounted on a single piece of yellow RIO slickshooter
    head: medium size olive chenille
    hook: Size 6, 2x long. Mustad 9671

    NOTE: My dyed pheasant rump is more green than yellow but it works the same for me.

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    Step 1:
    Tie eye post in at center of eye location.

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    Step 2:

    Tie in yellow dyed chinese pheasant philo (or fluff from lower side of rump feather) for tail

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    Step 3:

    Tie in chenille for thorax and triple wrap for bulky dragon body. Wrap the body and end it a tad before you reach the bead eyes. Do not cut off the chenille at this stage.

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    Step 4:

    Tie in yellow dyed chinese pheasant rump for legs.

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    Step 5:

    Wrap chenille forward to form head. Wrap chenille once around each eye post before figure 8'ing between eyes to finish head.

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    Step 6:

    Whipfinish and at this point you have the "Drunken Dragon".

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  2. Patrick Gould Active Member

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    Looks nice Bill. Thanks for the example you gave me. I'll be trying it out this sometime this year.
  3. troutpocket Active Member

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    Cool. Neat pattern. What hook style and size are you using. Looks like maybe a 1x or 2xl nymph hook? Size 6 or 8?
  4. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Rod, The hook is a Mustad 9671 in size 6. It is a 2 xl. I edited the main post to add hook info.
  5. GAT Active Member

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    I don't have a decent dragonfly nymph that works so I'll give the guy a try.
  6. Big E Moderator

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    It's great that we can capture these local patterns while we still have people that know how to tie them. The Drunken Dragon was one of those patterns that we almost lost.

    Thanks to you, we didn't.

    Best,
    Eric
  7. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Last year after a post on this and words from OMJ I worked on this fly for 3 weeks trying to work the head and body out. It's an easy fly to tie once the directions are established. At one time in the early "aughts" William Servey showed me how to tie this fly. I forgot the details.
  8. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Gene, use a lighter color olive chenille than I used. When it's wet and darkened it needs to be the color in the photo. The color chenille I picked goes almost black when wet.
  9. GAT Active Member

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    Bill, I kind'a figured that. I use a lighter olive brown for most of my subsurface stillwater flies...
    but I get the idea and that's what matters. It may also work with a black and olive variegated chenille I use quite often. I'll tie some in a number of colors. Thanks for posting the pattern.
  10. Jeff Dodd Active Member

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    I think William lives here on Whidbey, in Coupeville mobile park.

    I met him a few years back and he pulled a hand full of flies out of his pocket... Right out of the blue. Who carries flies in their pocket on the street!? Haha. William, that's who. He was very excited to talk about fly tying. One of the flies was this pattern. So simple but it catches fish like the Olive Willy!

    Thank you Bill!