Nervous Water Flies

Detroit Mop City

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Here is a mop pattern with some moxy! There is a lot happening here with a tapered and curved tail, a breathing thorax, and feathers and dubbing for the collar and wing; and they all seal the deal here. I wasn’t approaching this as anything other than a big, plump, irresistible aquatic grub/crane fly larva.

This comes in small and med lead eyes allowing some versatility from Stillwater to the river. Although the small lead eyes may seem a little heavy for some still water applications, don’t be fooled. A gentle pendulum cast with a drag and drop finish will yield results! Another quick river tip is to use the DMC as your point fly, a fly of your choice as your dropper, and tight lining the run. I will nymph deep runs with this rig when fish are holding deep and visibility is poor, referring back to euro nymphing techniques.

Owner Wacky size 2

** Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Pattern, Available in the 2022 catalog.