Another staple in just about every fly box, and another fine product of the legendary John Barr, is the Copper John.
This versatile little fly can be used to represent a variety of smaller stonefly nymphs but can also work really well as a mayfly nymph pattern. Originally tied with a copper wire body, hence the name Copper John, this fly works with a variety of wire colors: green, black, chartreuse, blue, purple, orange, etc…
And remember, just like any other beadhead fly, always use a tungsten bead. The fly will sink almost twice as fast as a brass bead and will seriously increase your chances of catching fish.
- Hook: size 12-16 nymph; Daiichi 1710 or TMC 5262
- Bead: tungsten (size to match hook size)
- Thread: 8/0 uni or 70 UTC
- Tail: brown goose boots
- Body: copper wire (color of choice)
- Thorax: peacock herl
- Wingcase: pearlescent flash and pheasant tail
- Legs: hungarian partridge
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial