If you’re fishing cranefly adults, this is one pattern you don’t want to be without – we had fantastic luck this year both dead drifting and skittering this pattern.
Mop flies have been really popular over the past couple seasons, and for good reason – they catch fish in a wide variety of conditions, and they have great action in the water. This is a variant that uses FNF Predator Worm material rather than mop chenille, which makes it more durable and gives the fly a little more life in the water.
This is a great lead fly, as well as a dropper under a bigger dry fly. We use this as a point fly in double nymph rigs and catch a ton of fish on it, particularly in higher flows.
If you’re looking for a great high water fly or a point fly for a Euro Nymph rig, this fly is one you won’t want to be without. Great fly in black, brown, and purple, as well as a lighter Golden Stonefly type yellow color. We got some mileage out of this pattern this year!
Easy to tie, durable fly that just works. Size 14-16 is a good all around size to try, and makes a good nymph in a hopper dropper rig. Larger ones work great for a point fly in a Czech nymph rig, as well as a weight fly under an indicator. Try in a variety of different colors and sizes!