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The Moodah Poodah – the chimera of dry flies

Published: 1st April 2016 | Author: Curtis Fry

Curtis Fry is one of Fulling Mill’s exceptional fly-tying ambassadors. With a crazy passion for fly-tying he has contributed a wide selection of flies to the Fulling Mill US catalog. Read on to find out more about his famous Moodah Poodah fly, how it got its name and also see how Curtis expertly ties the fly in the video below.
Moodah-Poodahs“The Moodah Poodah is one of the more wacky names we’ve stuck to a fly pattern, but it lives up to its uniqueness with a penchant for hooking a lot of fish. In fact, it got its name even before the pattern itself was designed. While I won’t go into the gory details, it all started with a post-fishing stop to eat some grub and a run-in with a not-so-friendly waitress who hardly said a word to us the whole meal. And if you know some rudimentary Spanish, you might understand where the name came from.

But funky names aside, the pattern here, similar to the Chimera fly, was designed to imitate a variety of bugs in all sorts of colors. The color shown in the video is black which can pass as a Cicada, drowning ant, cricket or any other blackish insect that might happen along. Throw in olives and browns for drakes or other mayflies or how about the crazy purple version?

And beyond the pattern’s devilish good looks, the other part of the design here was intended to allow for a smallish dry that could support droppers without sinking so quickly. Not only that, but the Klinkhamer style hook allows the body to hang below the surface – an attribute on dry flies that I personally think is a huge attractant. We throw in some irresistible Ice Dub for the body and it makes for a crazy-effective pattern.”

This chunky Rainbow was caught on the Green Drake version.


Check out the Fulling Mill variations in tan, olive, purple and black.

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