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)