Fly Tying Recipe:
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Hook: #16-24 TMC 2487
Thread: Gray 8/0 Uni-Thread
Wing: 3 Strands White Fluoro Fibre and 2 natural Dun CDC feathers
Body: Brown Beaver dubbing
I have been fishing the Mole Fly for at least the last twenty years and it has become my go-to pattern for any small mayfly hatch. Its unusual “advanced” wing supports the fly on the surface while the body hangs below like that of a crippled or emerging mayfly. I invented this fly after experimenting with a variety of different CDC patterns. Some of the other ideas spawned during this process are the Loopwing Emerger and CDC Comparadun. Yup, I invented those too. The only problem is that a bunch of other people invented them too. All I can say is that great minds tend to run on the same track. At any rate, tie up some Mole flies and give them a try the next time you encounter tough tailwater fish and see if they don’t do the trick for you too.
I really enjoyed using the mole fly on the tailwaters of the Arkansas below pueblo lake. What a fantastic fly that provided plenty of action both as a dry and submerged. Letting it sink after the swing proved as deadly as sitting in the surface film. Twenty plus of a day and many missed the set or broke free. I will admit I’ve used before with no success. Persistence and a nudge from a fellow fly fisherman. Sure glad I had a few in my box. Thanks Charlie.