Video: How to Tie the Mop ‘n’ Glo


This rainbow clearly didn’t care that the pattern is ugly and unorthodox.

Sometimes, I think that Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions gets a perverse thrill from horrifying fly-tying purists. But the one thing that you can count on is that the patterns he ties will catch fish. So you have to ask yourself: does it matter if a fly is an abomination—in the eyes of those dedicated to the tradition of lashing feathers and fur to a hook, that is—if it brings trout to the net? When you’re trying to win a One Fly competition, I would assume that the catching part is more important.

That said, Flagler offers clear instructions for creating this very simple pattern, which is basically a Glo Bug with a mop segment coming the rear. The humorous ending of the video suggests that he enjoys being a bit of a bad boy.

          Mop ‘n’ Glo
          Hook: Emerger hook (here a Dai-Riki #125), size 14.
          Thread: Fluorescent orange, 8/0 or 70-denier.
          Body: Mop segment.
          Blood dot: Fluorescent fire orange Antron Bright Steelhead Dubbing.
          Egg: Yellow Antron Bright Steelhead Dubbing.
          Adhesive: Bondic UV-cure resin.
          Note: Tie this in any colors you choose.

11 thoughts on “Video: How to Tie the Mop ‘n’ Glo”

    1. Soon all fish in the river will respond only to the Mop ‘N Glo and shun your size 18 dry fly offerings. Come to the dark side Wayne.

  1. Love the shot where you cut the mop from the “hide”. As always, great job Tim! I’ve watched all your videos. Keep them coming!

  2. Has anyone tried different color mops. I recently tied a florescent green mop since thats the only color i could find. Have not fished it yet though.

    1. James. Green moms are very popular for fly tying. I can’t recall the name now, but there’s a fly that uses just a piece off of one of those as the entirety of the fly

  3. I had a friend of mine turn me onto a couple of mop and glo’s that he tied (not sure if this is the one he copied) however the 21 trout I caught with this little jewel, when nothing else was working, was well worth the ridicule I took from my snooty friends when I let the little booger fly. The trout couldn’t help themselves, they loved it!

  4. Hi Tim,
    One of the current rages here on Lake Taneycomo is the “Mega Worm” tied with baby’s blanket yarn in white!
    I’ll bet that the M&G will work well here in SW Missouri! Soon as the freezing rain stops, I’ll give it a try! Thanks again for a great pattern.
    Matt

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