Published Apr 20. 2013 - 10 years ago
Updated or edited May 15. 2019

Copper John bead head nymph

In this fly tying tutorial, I selected one of the most popular flies in the country: John Barr's Copper John. This heavily weighted pattern is distinctive in its look; the Ultra Wire abdomen and epoxy over the wing case set this apart from other flies. When tying, I did vary the epoxy by utilizing a UV glass glue instead, plus I also encourage others to create their own variations to the Copper John.
Featured in this tutorial are S402 hooks by Allen Fly Fishing (; these hooks, and their barbless counterparts the S402BL, are ideal for this pattern in that they're the 2xl shank that John recommends.
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