Tungsten Mop Fly
Mop fly is one of our favorite flies when it comes to nymphing. It is known to be one of the most productive nymph patterns. The creator of this fly is Jim Estes. The mop pattern is an excellent imitation of grub-like creatures, insect larvae that are found on moist areas of the soil or hatching in a body of water. Great for still water, streams, and major rivers. Especially productive during high water, when the larvae, grubs, and inchworms are washed from the bank.
This succulent-looking pattern is simply irresistible to the fish. It is also an excellent attractor fly and a very effective searching pattern for trout and steelhead.
Our Tungsten Mop Fly pattern features a tungsten bead head, which makes it pretty heavy. Besides that, due to the material used, this fly soaks up a great deal of water, so it sinks super-fast.
A little story about how brilliant this fly pattern is. It is so effective that our son would just use this pattern when fishing. His excuse is: “why would I change it when it works so well”. Sometimes he would follow my advice and would try something different. When that different pattern wouldn’t produce any fish, he would switch back to a mop fly and immediately start catching fish. He would then say to me: “You just keep fishing your pattern, dad”. Pretty soon after seeing my son catching fish after fish, I would go back to a mop fly as well 🙂
If nothing else works this pattern will. When it comes to trout, this is your ‘go-to’ pattern, any time during the fishing season. There is something about it that makes fish go crazy.
Tied on a #10 hook size with 4mm tungsten bead and on a #12 hook with 3.5mm tungsten bead.
Get some and mop them up!