Hi, my name is Steve and I have been tying flies for 8 years.
A class is a great way to start but it is also a way to continue to expand your skills. I have taken a Steelhead class, a tube fly class from Les Johnson and a class on tying Flat Wing flies at the Avid Angler.
Another good way to learn is to get to know the staff at your local fly shop. Jimmy at Patrick's will often sit down at the vice and show me how to tie a new fly. Learning the proper techniques can save a lot of trial and error. You will also end up with a sample to help you remember the steps. The most important thing that I have learned from great fly tiers is that you never want to continue to tie on a fly with a mistake. Unwrap the mistake and start over. It takes a little bit more time, but it makes a major difference in the quality of your flies.
Have fun and get started. Don't be embarrassed to show your flies to others for critiques. Learning what you are doing right and how to improve what you are doing wrong can also significantly shorten the learning curve.
Sorry. In all seriousness, I'd never heard of this fly until just now. When I read the name, the first picture that popped in my head was of old kung-fu movies....you know, the ones where we get to see which style is better, the Drunken Monkey style -vs- the Praying Mantis. -of course everyone knows that the Praying Mantis, if done right, "no can defend" -immortal words of Mr. Myagi. :rofl: ptyd
May as well continue the threadjack... I never heard of it either, but I found this and it decribes the pattern in limited detail:
> Hi all,
> In reply to the "drunken dragon" fly pattern question by Mike, it was
> developed by
> William Servey who does work at Swede's as part of an on-going interest in
> using dyed
> yellow pheasant rump, peacock green chenille and glass beads, which are
> rochelle beads.
> These are actually silver beads with a red overlay that produces an
> incredible effect
> when fished subsurface on sunny days. They actually "sparkle". They were
> introduced as an integral part of the "Olive Willy", another Servey genius
> that has
> produced some staggering results.
> The combination of soft hackle, red bead and peacock green coloring
> great responses from most rivers and lakes these patterns have been tried
> in. Some
> variations using red rabbit strips wing toppings are equally successful on
> As Paul has correctly noted, the beads for the drunken dragon are slipped
> 30 lb.
> line, actually a RIO product called "slick shooter" line and the ends
> slightly melted.
> The body is totally peacock green chenille wrapped dragon fly nymph shape
> with the
> abdomen being 2/3 the body proportion and the head distinct, flat and
> with the
> prominent protruding eyes. The pheasant rump dyed yellow is tied in as
> And yes, William would be more than happy to share his creations with
> who has
> an interest. I have learned much from him.
> Al Peterson
If you want to buy some they are about $30.00 a dozen. I was at AATF when he was doing his thing a few saturday's ago. It takes about 10 minutes to tie one up. I have tried a couple of them but it was only practice so I didn't have the red eyes,but they do have eyes. A very different way to tie up a fly. But interesting.
I did a couple of them and tried to take a picture to post but my camera skills are not what you would call good. Anybody else got any pictures of them fly's
thanks trevor for the info now to wait on a picture and then on to the vise. I did find a description on the post for the olive willie but would really like to see what it looks like before attempting to tie one up.
As for tying the Drunken Dragon you have to see it done in order to tie one up. Any picture you come up with won't do the fly justice. The abdomen is tied in a way that I have never seen before. I don't think that it can be explained.
Just a little useless info from one who doesn't tie worth a damn. :beathead:
Well I put the pic's in the Fly Tying Gallery and you should also be able to see them in my gallery. As far as tying, its one of those flies you really need to see how its done in person. Someone with far better tying skills than I would need to describe it.