The Mohican 2.0 is an extended body Mayfly that is based Olivier Edwards Mohican Mayfly pattern. This fly is virtually unsinkable and presents a convincing body and wing profile to the trout.  Tied correctly you can fish it throughout the day.


There are several great fly tiers in the world, but no one is really like Olivier Edwards. All of his designs are carefully studied and thought through. The Mohican is no exception.

I have really not fished a lot with foam body flies, but when a friend of mine, the fly tier and pilot Jon Strand, introduced me to his style of Danica I had to find Edwards’ MaterClass fly tying book and look up his Mohican Mayfly. The result is really a merge of Jon’s pattern and the principles that Edwards set several years ago.

I have made a few modifications to the original pattern, but the basic principles are found in this fly as well. Look in the instructions folder for tying instructions.

This fly has a very nice wing profile (thus the Mohican name) and the body is extremely well presented.

The differences to Edwards’ design is that I dub the thorax, cross the foam shoulders at the front of the hackle, I do not fold the foam round the wing because I use the J:son extended body technique (thanks Jon).

I tie the Mohican to imitate the Ephemera Danica or the Ephemera Vulgata. I also think it will be great to create a convincing Gray Drake pattern that’s common in my waters (Siphlonururs)


Hook: TMC 2488 size 10
Thread: UNI 8/0 Tan (colored olive at the finish)
Body: J:son foam (Tan) to tie an extended body. Both 2mm and 1mm are fine
Tail: 3 Moose mane or body hair
Ribbing: Comes by itself from the thread when tying the abdomen
Wing: Olive dyed Deer Hair or Elk
Hackle: Olive Grizzly Cock – two hackle feathers on top of each other
Thorax: Olive Polyamide Dubbing

Materials are listed in order of tying. Finish of with a well tapered head. Use head cement or some other form of glue to secure.

Read more about the TMC 2488 here

Fishing Tips

High and dry  – dead drift as most other dry duns. Use Dry Dip Super floatant.