Crystal (olive) Willy

Krusty

Active Member
#16
It seems to work best for me on days when there's quite a bit of a wind chop on the lake's surface, thin clouds above. I think, being a relatively big dark fly, it stands out well in contrast (and, of course, the pheasant moves well with slow jerky retrieves).
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
#17
Beat you to it Ira!

I've fished it (minus the red glass bead) as a jig with sporadic success. Same experience as the original . . .some days it's hot, other days completely ignored.
Ahh, you need the red bead. I know with the jig hooks that is difficult to do but I'm thinking about using the jig hook with a straight pin and weight at the front vs a tungsten bead. Hmmmm. Ok I'll give it a try this weekend.
 
#19
View attachment 23312 There was two versions of the olive willy, one with a bead and one with a tuft of rabbit fur. One was for sunny days and the other for overcast and I don't remember which was which. You might try the tuft of rabbit fur and have two different troutpocket balanced flies.
The first olive willys I ever bought and fished were tied with the red fur tuft. I got them at the Avid Angler before they moved to Lake Forest Park when they were located off 15th Ave NE in north Seattle (circa 1997).
 
#20
Those flies from avid were probably tied William. He told me the originals he tied had a tuft of dyed red pheasant. Later ties had the rabbit, then came the bead. If I remember correctly ones tied with beads he tied a size smaller( probably 10 or long shank 12).William told me the secret to the pattern was to pick a feather that looked like it was camo for the hackle. I remember him fishing at lone lake using a clear intermediate line and an 18 ft. leader. He probably used other techniques as well, but he was catching fish on every cast that day.
 

jimmydub

Active Member
#25
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.