In this latest killer fly-tying video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler teaches you how to tie a Frankenstein-like nymph called the Evil Olive. As Tim notes, the pattern borrows elements from tried-and-true flies, such as Higa’s S.O.S. and the WD-40, both of which Tightline has covered in the past.
The Evil Olive has the look of a fly that will imitate any mayfly nymph you want it to, and it will produce as a searching pattern. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to tie, once Tim shows you his tricks for things like picking up tiny beads and using one bunch of fivers to make the tails, underbody, and wingcase. That new Bondic stuff looks cool, as well.
Hook: Emerger Hook (here a Dai-Riki #125), size 16-20.
Bead: Black bead, 5/64-inch.
Thread: Light olive, 70-denier or 6/0.
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire, small.
Tails/wingcase: Wood-duck-dyed barred mallard flank fibers.
Abdomen: Light olive tying thread.
Thorax: Olive SLF Prism dubbing.
Legs: Pearl Krystal Flash.