Copper Top - Doug Saball - Copper Streamer Swap

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Submitted By Doug Saball

TAIL yellow calftail.
BODY copper wire.
WING white bucktail, yellow calftail, black skunk, topped with 4 strands of rainbow Flashabou.
HEAD black thread.

Doug's Tying Instructions

1. Wrap the shank of the hook with tying thread; apply head cement or another adhesive.

2. Wrap the copper wire in the middle 2/3 of the shank. I found that I had to use some pliers to hold the copper until I had a few wraps on the shank. I also used the pliers to “align” the wraps and keep them next to each other.

3. Attach the tail and build up the thread to a taper on the rear and front of the copper wraps. Heavily coat the copper with head cement, and allow drying.

4. Attach the while bucktail, yellow calf’s tail, skunk, and 4 strands of rainbow Krystal flash.

5. Finish the head.

Doug's Comments On This Pattern

This pattern is an adaptation of the Brass Hat Streamer. I used this fly the spring of 1998 in the local rivers when the water was high and flowing strong. It proved to catch fish and get down near the bottom. I was able to fling it quite well on my #8 weight fly rod. I tied these flies on a Mustad #8 straight eye streamer hook because it cost less than the down turned eye. I also found that this fly works as trolled too. It could possibly be used with a spinning rod since the wire adds so much weight.

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