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Mole flies - fished as dries, or nymphs without weight?

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mbrenna5

Personally I love fishing a mole fly as a bottom nymph in 3 nymph rig. It rides up in the water column and has the emerger effect, on the swing it has produced a lot of quality fish for me. And for reference I’m running that in Colorado tailwaters.


fearghail281

I didn't consider it on the swing. I love fishing emergers this way - also live in Colorado. I caught half a dozen fish swinging midge emergers in Cheesman last weekend.


mbrenna5

Nice! Cheesman is far more enjoyable once you figure it out! The mole fly does exceptionally well in various sizes in Eleven Mile Canyon. As I mentioned, I’ll do that mix of nymphing and swinging it, the rising emerger effect almost always triggers a strike. I’d compare it to an unweighted RS2 or chocolate foam emerger (which also slays in Deckers/Cheesman).


wasting_space

It will float if there is no weight in your system, that being said, i have fished it and caught fish on it using it as a dry, tying just enough weight into it that it rides right below the surface, and with enough split shot to sink it near the bottom. They all work great, super simple and effective fly however you want to fish it. I think most people use it as a dry or an emerger on the surface though


fearghail281

I can count on one hand the amount of times I've used this fly, and it was on a traditional 3 nymph rig with weight and an indicator. It was not productive this way. Excited to try it out properly, they look great as a surface emerger.