Written by Ian Anderson
The Mop fly has been around for a few years now. The material first started showing up on mops, literally, about five or six years ago (as I remember it). It was no sooner on the market for cleaning your floors than someone started tying flies with it. If you do a search on “mop flies” you will be amazed at the variations of this simple fly. As well, the vast array of colors available in this material.
Many of the patterns I have seen have the bead right behind the eye of the hook but I have placed mine further back on the hook shank. The reason for this is because I do not want the fly to “jig” in the water. I want the fly to sink slowly and uniformly and even flutter as it falls through the water column. Placing the bead in the center of the fly and surrounded by materials accomplishes this, at the very least it does not jig up and down as much. For me, this provides a more lifelike action to the fly.
Because the mop material is rather large the resulting flies can be on the large size for nymphing to trout. However, any trout that wants to eat is not against a larger bite when they can get one. So, these flies are on a larger hook but do work when nymphed through deeper runs and cloudy water. Not to mention they are fantastic at catching panfish.
Below is Step by Step instructions for those who like this format better than videos. I have detailed all the steps and there is a high resolution image for each step (simply click on the image to the right). If you prefer a video format there is a embedded video at the bottom of the page.
|Tiemco 105, #6
|Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier, Black
|Chenille Mop material, Tan
|3/16″ Tugnsten bead, Matte Black
|Black, SLF or Black Lifecycle Dubbing
|Hen Neck Hackle, Black
If you prefer, there is a video on tying this fly. I recommend you watch the video even if you prefer the step-bystep directions as the video can clarify some of the steps.
I have tied this fly in Brown, Orange, Tan and Chartreuse. You can find the mop materials in all sorts of colors so you really are not limited to just these colors. Experiment on your own and you might find a great pattern for your waters.
If you are interested, there are four different colors of Mop flies for sale here on Dressed Irons (while supplies last).
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