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Monday, April 25, 2011

Blue Winged Olive Step By Step


     Today we'll show you another one of my favorite ties.This one matches the hatch for the blue winged olives here in the Northeast or anywhere for that matter.This pattern can be tied in sizes 14 down to a 24  and works particularly well in a size 20.            

        The one I'm showing you today is tied on a size 20 TMC 100.
Place your hook in the vise and start the thread , We are using Uni olive 8/0 to avoid build up.

    Next pick two nice medium to dark dun cdc feathers and tie them in.These will be your wing post when finished.

A couple of firm wraps to hold in place and trim the waste.

   Now you are ready to stand the post up , take the cdc and pull it straight up . Make several wraps in front of it building a dam of thread up to hold it up.

       Now that the your post is standing upright we'll take several wraps around it to reinforce it.

    Continue with nice even wraps to the back of the hook. At this point I like to add a touch of head cement to stiffen the post up.

  Take a Coq de leon feather in the appropriate color and take a eight to ten long glassy fibers for your tail , measure up your tail it  should be about the length of the hook.

   Finish neatly tying in your tail and then we are ready to tie in the porcupine quill for the body.
  Now if you have porcupine quills choose one that will be the proper size to create your body . If you do not have porcupine you can use an stripped hackle quill dyed olive or dubbing.
  Tye in the quill by the tip then wrap up to the thorax and tye off.

   Ok looking pretty good .Now it's time to tye in the hackle to be wound around the post. This is a size 20 so we can safely use up to 1 1/2 times larger hackle then the hook calls for.

   Take the hackle cut off the webbed portion on the bottom and strip the base of the feather to prepare to tie in.

  Tie the hackle in and then secure it to the post taking a few wraps up and the back to the base of the post.

  Once you are done securing the hackle it is time to dub the thorax.For this fly I used Nature's Spirit BWO dubbing as it has a good color and texture to it.

  Now that the thorax is dubbed take your hackle pliers and wrap the hackle around the post 4 to 5 turns will be fine.

      Tie off the hackle behind the hook eye and trim waste.

  Finish the head with a couple of half hitches and a drop of head cement .And your ready to fish!

   Tye a few of these up for the olive hatches in your area you'll be glad you did.


  1. Nice pattern, I always have issues with doing parachutes but this looks like a killer

  2. Great step by step, i will definatly give it a go ;)

  3. thanks. really enjoyed your method. nice tie.

  4. Good looking flies.
    Thanks for the instruction.

  5. Thank you all glad you like the step by step. Trying to include a lot of pictures so you can see how each step goes.

  6. Top shelf bug and great photos! Thanks.

  7. allen this is a great blog keep up the good work...

  8. Thanks Al. Great instructions and pics! Will definitely tie up a few of those. SHould come in handy soon.

  9. Great pattern! I am always on the look out for easy BWO patterns.

  10. Excellent tutorial! Your blog is really turning out great

  11. Nice lookin' fly!! I will be out amongst the BWO's on Wednesday... : )