Published Mar 21. 2018 - 1 year ago
Updated or edited Mar 21. 2018

Copper John

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The Copper John is the creation of John Barr and is likely one of the most successful nymphs of all time. When John first developed the fly back in 1993, he was tying the fly in the original copper color only. It wasn't until a couple years later when Michael White, owner of Blue Ribbon Sales, suggested tying the fly in a wider variety of colors including red and green.

The fly can be tied in copper, red, chartreuse, green, olive, black, silver, gold, blue, hot pink or double up the wire and create a more segmented looking body on your Copper John. The original Copper John was tied using Hungarian Partridge as the tail and legs. Turkey Quill was used for the wingcase and no lead underbody. John fine-tuned the pattern from 93-96 swapping in new more durable materials and enhancing the appearance of the nymph.

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Thanks to Mike for the additional footage and photos.

Olive Copper John fly pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 633 #10-18
Bead: Gold brass or tungsten
Weight: 6-10 wraps 0.020 lead
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Tail: Brown goose biots
Body: Brassie wire
Wingcase: Midge Flex & Flashabou
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Brown hen back
Shellback: U. V. Resin

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