Kinder Gentler Mop Fly HOOK:Scud/pupa hook (here a Dai-Riki #135), size 12 THREAD:Dark gray, 6/0 or 140-denier BODY:Mottled gray segment from a mop or auto wash mitt HEAD:Gray rabbit-fur dubbing
I want to welcome you back to another Quick Tie blog brought to you by our friends at Rocky Mountain Fly Shop (rockymountainflyshop.net). We are currently in season five episode one. Thursday Night Live Season 5 KitsThursday Night Live season five kits are still available on our Website, head on over to www.flyfishingbowriver.com/tnls5 and grab your kit today. I’ll be taking you through the “Kinder Gentler Mop Fly”, so go ahead and open your TNL season 5 kit and grab out your episode 1 package. If you don't have a kit, grab the materials listed above in the recipe. You will notice in your season 1 package you will have two fly bags inside, grab the one correctly labeled “Kinder Gentler Mop Fly”. Now let's head on over to my Norvise and get started on this fly.
There are very few materials in this fly pattern which makes it quick and easy. We will get this Dai-Riki #135 scud hook secured in the jaws of the norvise, and get our Black UTC 140 started on the hook shank. It is important to use a bit thicker thread as I will be teaching you how to spin dubbing by splitting the thread.
After starting the thread wraps behind the eye of the hook,we will work them forward to the hook barb and then take a couple wraps back towards the hook eye; let your thread hang at the hook point. We're going to then grab the tail piece, which is a piece off a car detailing mitt, and look at the cut end. You will find this material to be similar to chenille in that if it has a few core threads that we need to expose then tie in. Place the tail right on top of the hook where we left our thread and place a securing wrap to hold it right on top of the hook. Go ahead and take a few thread wraps forward to secure the middle strands of the tail and then come back to your tie in point.
We're now going to see the importance behind choosing a thicker thread. We're going to counter spin our thread to flatten it out. You will notice if you over spin your thread it will cord it back up, so you have to find the happy medium point where the thread is flat and able to be split. Now with the thread on my finger I'll use my Shore bodkin or something pointed like my Shore whip finish tool and split the thread into equal parts. Slip your finger in between the two pieces of thread to hold your spot.
While keeping your finger securely holding the thread grab the only other material in this pattern, your Hareline rabbit fur dubbing in the color gray. We should not need to use any dubbing wax to accomplish this split thread dubbing loop. Grab three equal small pinches of the dubbing and slide them in between the pieces of split thread. Once you feel you have the correct amount of dubbing placed, take your finger out of the thread and spread the dubbing out before you spin your bobbin.Now I'm going to go ahead and spin my Norvice Auto Bobbin until the materials spin up nicely. Now moisten your finger tip and pull the dubbing rearward as you start to palmar the dubbing loop up the hook shank towards the eye of the hook, and hopefully you run out of dubbing right as you arrive at the eye.
Once we are at the eye of the hook take a couple extra wraps slightly rearward to secure the dubbing material. Now I will go ahead and grab my Shore Whip Finish tool and whip finish the fly. Two to three turns repeated twice will be plenty. Go ahead and snip your thread off. If you have it on your tying desk I recommend grabbing some Solarez Bone Dry resin and just put a small dab right over your whip finished thread. Go ahead and cure it with your Uv light.
It doesn’t hurt to grab your favorite dubbing brush and just stroke the rabbit fur rearward back down the fly.
That right there my friends is the Kindler gentler mop fly, it's a very good imitation of a crane fly larva, and very effective. I suggest if you haven't already, add it to your repertoire and give it a try. We again want to thank Rocky Mountain Fly shop for bringing us this week's Quick tie. See you all soon for so many more great patterns from Season 5 of Thursday Night Live.