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How to Tie Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

Charlie Craven’s Mole Fly is a great imitation of almost any mayfly or nymph struggling to free itself from its nymphal shuck. As videographer Tim Flagler says, “When it lands on the water, the entire body of the fly sinks below the surface, while the CDC prevents it from dropping further and resembles an emerging wing.”

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  • mike miller

    Very nice and simple. The best for double and triple set ups.

  • Fred Rickson

    But, this fly has just been called a midge emerger forever. When did “Mole Fly” suddenly appear?

  • Clyde Nunes

    Would a down eye hook be a better choice since the body of the fly is under the surface.

    • Fred Rickson

      I have a couple of friends, especially on spring creeks, who do tie this emerger on a down eye and, just to put a fine point on it, pull the tippet tight with a needle in the knot loop so the fly hangs down and moves around a bit. Is the loop knot needed? They do catch some very picky fish.

  • Clyde Nunes

    Great idea. I fish on a Spring creek in Northern California. I’ll have to give that a try.