Crystal (olive) Willy

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

  1. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    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).
     
  2. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    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.
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

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

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    DSC_0643.JPG 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.
     
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  4. troutpocket

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    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).
     
  5. nailbender

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    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.
     
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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
     
  7. Nick Clayton

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    Oh hell yeah those are super fishy! Nice ties.
     
  8. Nick Clayton

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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.
     
  9. Bad-Daddio

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    Sounds like you should start playing with powder coating....
     
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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.
     
  11. zen leecher aka bill w

    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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  12. nailbender

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    I think those will fish good like that.
     
  13. jwg

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    Try red nail polish
    Jay
     
  14. McNasty

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    dang troutpocket, those look tasty!
     
  15. skyrise

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    I do something similar in only in Black.
    like the red glass bead.
     
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