Monday, March 20, 2017

Ok, I'm on the "Mop Fly" Bandwagon

I've had a bit of an odd streak.  Much of my life, if something was deemed "cool" by the masses, I naturally gravitated AWAY from that thing.  Just my personality I guess.

Well, as everyone in fly fishing has debated the mop fly, I've done a lot of watching, played a little but not gotten serious.

Today that changes... I actually bought a "mop".  That nice, slightly mottled gray color.  What really got me though, was looking at a glove down the isle.  It was the same thing, but covered in mops that are, at best, half the size of normal... Most likely they are smaller!  I like the little ones better, and look forward to the creations they allow.

Glove (small) and cloth (regular size) mop fly material.  Ok, in fairness, I'm going to trim about 50 off each, bag em, and use the cloth and glove for the intended purpose - cleaning the car.

Cut off a mop fly "body" from the car washing glove so you could see the difference in size between the two.


White pearl Farrar blend, mono thread, medium eyes secured with CA glue and over coated with UV Resin, sharpies for the color.

Also got to doing up some baitfish to look like what I think (memory, dont fail me) are called "pin fish" in Florida.  they are little bait fish that are sort of tan on top prior to fading to silver on the sides with some baring on them.  Almost look like little baby sunfish.  Looking forward to trying out this pattern (cant tell I'm looking forward to a trip south - ha ha ha).

Keep well
Will

9 comments:

  1. I still have not caught the mop fly trout fever... but carp like them well enough and I bet those little ones would get slurped! I'm too into the daylight mousin thing to bother with mop flies for trout just yet.

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    1. I hear you RM. I NEED to try your mousing thing. Every post you lay out showing more day time trout who were duped into mouse, my "mouse fever" goes up a notch. What's been your favorite mouse so far?

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    2. A small yellow and tan Master Splinter seems to be the one that gets hit the most.

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  2. Another one bites the Mop! It may not be artful, as far as fly tyin' goes, but those "Mops" sure do attract fish of all sorts.
    Thanks for joining me on the Bandwagon!

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  3. I'm now a card carrying member Mel :). I tied up 6 last night - just super simple versions - the mop part, and a dubbed "thorax". Well. They sure do look wormy/grubby. Not totally sure what fish think they are, but I can see why they may think they are edible. I'm going to play with them for crappies and bass too...

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  4. Grubs indeed....I hope you'll be careful with that fly.
    What I'm saying is don't clean out the stream.
    Simplicity my friend.

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    1. Intentional or not Alan, noting "clean out" and "mop fly" in the same context is hysterical! :)

      Simplicity indeed!

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