Join Date: Nov 2009
For the technically minded, to construct the Gold Bodied Willie G., form your body from a rich deep often termed "Old Gold" shade of gold onto a tube of choice, then add a wing of roughly 33.3% proportion of Bright Fluro. Yellow Bucktail, just long enough to cover the tube body and to the bend of the hook you'll be using the flee with.Then do exactly the same with Hot Orange( not Fluro, please note that!) on top, finally the same once more with Black again over both the preceding colours.Finish the head off with a nice bright Red head(thread and varnish) adding Jungle Cock to taste.
Now as said this flee is all about proportion, you want less of each colour than you actually think as the Gold Body needs to be visible though the Bucktail winging upon finishing the flee.
Tied correctly and in the right proportions the flee will "Glow" in the water, especially a falling water when the best conditions occur to Angle for Atlantics.
Thats whats termed the "classic" modern Gold Bodied Wille G..You can construct a variation for clearer water with a Black Floss Body and Gold Rib.You can also play about with the proportions of the winging materials to suit the conditions of your rivers, i.e. more Black for Clear water, more Yellow for coloured waters, more Orange in Autumn.Some heretics are even known to add a touch of Red in the form of a few strands of Flash or Red bucktail into the mix for Back End fish(er, thats me then!)
As such there's no fixed pattern and its free to interpretation if you will.
I believe the Original Wille G. was tied as Black Body, Gold rib and 3 equal bunches of Yellow, Orange and Black tied eaqualy round the tube side by side!- but I might have that wrong
Interestingly a River Tay variant thats a sort of Cascade/ Willie G. hybrid works very well, which is a Silver Body, and a wing of 4 separate quarters.Two of Black directly opposite each other, then the other two wings of Yellow/Orange mix sitting between the Black wings.Excellent clear water flee.
Have fun and tight lines, Yorkie.
P.S, I'd put up a piccy or two, but I've just packed up the Kit for a jaunt to the Tweed early next week at Floors Castle and as I'll be leaving almost straight from work, I've to get ready in advance before I start work tonight..