SBS William Servey's Drunken Dragon

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#1
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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Big E

Active Member
#6
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
 

zen leecher aka bill w

born to work, forced to fish
#7
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
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.
 

GAT

Dumbfounded
#9
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.
 

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#10
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!