Fly of the Month - April, 2020
Mop Dragon Fly
Flies using dust mop material have been around for many years now. Mop flies, as they are known, are embraced by some and scorned by others. The argument about them still rages, but the one thing that cannot be disputed is that the flies tied using mop material catch fish, a lot of fish! This variation makes a good blue gill pattern. Keep a few in your fly box and you won't be disappointed.
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|Hook:||Tmc 2302 size 8 or equivalent.
|Thread:||6/0 Uni Brown.
|Weight:||Large black bead chain lashed to the underside of the shank.
|Body:||Tan mop fiber or white tinted with permanebt marker to match the natural.
|Thorax:||Dark Olive SLF squirrel dubbing or equivalent
|Legs:||Brown Emu or Hen Hackle feather.
|Wing Case:||Mottled brown or black Medallion sheeting or Swiss Straw.
|Glue:||Solar or equivalent.
- Mount the hook in the vise and start the thread an eye length behind the eye.
- Lash the bead chain eyes under the shank of the hook leaving an eye length or more for the head.
- Tie on the mop behind the bead chain eyes and wrap over it down the shank forming a thorax of about 1/3 the shank length.
- With the thread hanging at the 1/3 point, tie on a piece of Medallion or Swiss Straw wrapping over the material to the bead chain eyes.
- Return the thread to the 1/3 point and tie on the Emu or soft Hen Hackle.
- Cover the thorax area with the squirrel dubing. The thread is behind the bead chain.
- Palmer the Emu or Hen Hackle forward and tie off behind the bead chain and clip the excess.
- Bring the thread over the top of the bead chain eyes and make a wrap in front of the bead chain eyes. Pull the Medallion or Swiss Straw over the thorax area and secure behind the eye in front of the bead chain eyes.
- Whip-finish and clip the thread.
- Using Solar or some type of light cured material, cover the Mediallion or Swiss Straw.
Flies or materials are available at T. Hargrove Fly Fishing, Inc.
Saint Louis, Missouri 63144
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