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Old 10-13-16, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default mop fly

Put up a new video on my you tube channel for the Mop Fly. I hope this helps some folks catch some fish. If you are new to tying, the ease of this fly ranks up there with the san juan worm, and it catches fish just about as well as that classic.


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Old 10-14-16, 10:48 PM   #2
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Nice job again T.
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Old 11-12-16, 10:20 AM   #3
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Here is an article from WSJ about the Mop Fly. A fun article to read. If you fish with a mop fly I suppose you are a renegade. I guess I am now a renegade, because yesterday for the first time I fished with a brown and a tan mop fly. I fished Paces and caught several on the mop. My fishing buddy caught more than twice as many as I caught, and he was not fishing with a mop fly, so was it my skills or is the mop not all that it is cut out to be? Regardless, it was a great day on the river, and I will fish the mop again.
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Old 11-12-16, 11:05 AM   #4
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They also cast dispersions on our beloved squirmy worms:

"The Czech fishing union banned the squirmy wormy from competitions after a U.S. team used it to win a European contest. “I never will fish with this, and I hope every clever and real flyfisherman is in the same boat,” says Martin Musil, a nuclear-power-plant worker who heads the union"

I guess I'm just one of the great unwashed, as I like both mops and squirmies.

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Old 11-12-16, 11:19 AM   #5
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Great article, Hillis. I can jes' see some of those uppity, snooty, aristocratic type folks needin' their smellin' salts at the appearance of a mop fly. (Wonder what they'd do if'n somebody was to tie a fly that looked like a kernel of corn?)
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Old 11-12-16, 04:34 PM   #6
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After fishing on the Tuck this past Thursday - the mop fly brought more fish in my hands then the rest of the flies tried during the day. I caught a nice rainbow 24" and weighed around 4lbs - what a nice surprise in the DH. She put a great fight. I had an awesome day fishing with Mac Brown as my guide.

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Old 11-12-16, 04:43 PM   #7
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Say what you will and love them or hate them but Mop and squirmy worm flys put fish in the net!
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Old 11-12-16, 06:17 PM   #8
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I promise you if one were to look through the fly box of most mop and squirmy haters you would find plenty of flies that look less like natural forage. Like that classic wooly bugger.

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Old 11-12-16, 09:42 PM   #9
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Here's another variation:

I'm hearing that mops are doing really well on the Tuck DH now. I had good success with them a couple of weeks ago on the Nantahala DH.
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Old 11-13-16, 09:18 PM   #10
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I use the mop a bunch, i love junk flies, with the mop I find it needs extra weight because of current really grabs it so I tye it with a lil more Tungsten than usual. Also skinny worms rule too. They grab the current as well but sink pretty fast with a lil extra weight, both slay a tailwater
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