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Copper Joe

Copper Joe
Martin Joergensen
Year of origin
Tied by
Martin Joergensen
Target species
Brown trout

HookCurved nymph hook size 14-20
ThreadBlack 8/0
BeadBrass bead to suit hook
Extra weightHeavy wire for extra weight (optional)
BodyCopper wire
ThoraxPeacock herl

Tying instructions

  1. Run the bead over the hook point with the large hole to the rear
  2. Cover the front bit of the hook with tying thread for the bead to fit tightly
  3. Whip finish and cut thread
  4. Varnish or glue the bead in position over the thread base in the absolute front of the hook
  5. Add a few wraps of heavy wire to the shank and shove into the rear opening of the bead
  6. Start the copper wire right behind this wire and run it in tight turns to the rear of the hook
  7. Cover the whole thing with tying thread to secure it. Make sure the thread is as even as possible
  8. Run the thread back to behind the bead and follow by the copper wire in tight, even turns
  9. Tie down the copper and break off surplus
  10. Tie in 1-3 peacock herls depending on hook size
  11. Wind the herl forwards to form a thorax
  12. Tie down and trim
  13. Whip finish and cut tying thread
  14. Varnish thread wraps behind the bead and the exposed copper wrappings

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