Copper John

Copper John Fly Tying Video Instructions

The Copper John is the most commonly used trout fly in the west these days.  For a good reason, the Copper John is a great attractor pattern and it works!  The Ability to tie it in different colors makes it easy to narrow down what the trout are eating.  The most popular color is red, and it is my favorite as well.  A red Copper John catches more fish on the Arkansas River than any other fly out there.  The Copper John does not really imitate a specific bug, but it does resemble a stonefly and mayfly very well.  What makes the Copper John so effective is it’s profile.  It just looks buggy!  My other favorite colors for the Copper John are: Copper, Chartreuse, Yellow and Black.  Tie it the same way, just change the color of your wire!

Copper John Fly Tying Recipe:
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Hook: #12-18 Tiemco 5262>>
Thread: Black UTC 70>>
Tail: Brown Turkey Biots>>
Body: Red Wire>>
Thorax: Peacock Herl>>
Casing: Scud Back>>
Casing2: Flashback Material>>
Legs: Partridge>>

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2 Responses to Copper John

  1. Ryan says:

    Hey James! For the epoxy wing case, would zapagap work?

    • james says:

      Sure! Especially if you do not care for the “bubble back” look. Zapagap will just hold it all together and keep it from falling apart!