Published Dec 23. 2013 - 10 years ago
Updated or edited May 6. 2019

Copper John Variant

In this fly tying tutorial, I show an easier version of the fish-catching nymph, the Copper John. In this version, I incorporate some characteristics of the Pheasant Tail, ala Frank Sawyer, hence the more appropriate name may be the Copper John & Frank!

The pattern that I show is not the original; instead, this is a variant that will be easier for beginning fly tyers to tie. Once familiar with the process and steps, feel free to move onto the actual pattern, also found here:

Thanks go out to Allen Fly Fishing for the use of the W501BL 1xl nymph hook; this is a great hook for this nymph and many more. Be sure to check out their great website:

If looking for hen feathers to incorporate as legs and tailing in nymphs, check out Clearwater Hackle; they have a lot of great products in so many colors. Be sure to ask for Lars (the owner) and let him know I sent you. He'll find the product to match your needs. Some hen feathers can be found here:

Thanks for viewing this YouTube fly tying tutorial; if you have any comments/questions, feel free to leave them on this page, or email me:

Martin Joergensen

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