The Copper John is the creation of fly tier John Barr. In designing the fly, John wanted something that could be fished in pocket water meaning it must sink quickly. The copper tungsten bead, wire body, lead under the bead (optional), and epoxy wing pad makes this one heavy fly. It is a good fly to use as the top fly on a two fly rig.
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Mustad 9671 or 9672 size 10-16.
Brown Goose Biots.
Copper Bead to size of hook.
Pheasant Tail Fibers
Mylar Tinsel covered with a drop of expoxy
Fishing Hints: Fish under an indicator. Great nymph for the top fly in a two fly rig.
Note: The video tying instructions and the written directions may vary.
Slide the bead over the barb of the hook so that the large hole side faces the bend.
Mount the hook in the vise. Make two or three turns of lead wire around the shank. Slide the lead into the bead. Start the thread and secure the lead inside the bead.
Using the thread attach the copper wire and secure the wire with the thread to the bend of the hook. Return the thread to the middle of the hook.
Make one or two turns of wire around the hook at the bend (the turns will be used to separate the tail).
Mount the tail along each side of the hook shank. Secure the tail against the one or two turns of wire. The tails should be divided as they lie along the hook and wire. Return the thread to a point where the thorax will be tied in.
Wind the wire along the shank to form the body of the fly. Tie off the wire at the point where the thorax will start. Clip the wire. Bring the thread forward to a point near the bead.
Tie in a piece of mylar tinsel at the eye. Secure it back to the wire body with the trailing end towards the bend. (This will be pulled over the thorax.)
Tie in pheasant tail fibers with the ends hanging over the eye of the hook. (These will be pulled back to form legs.) Clip the pheasant tail fiber butts at the mylar.
Tie in one or two strands of peacock herl. Wrap the peacock herl from the body to the eye of the hook to form the thorax. Tie off and clip.
Separate the pheasant tail fibers, pulling a bunch to each side of the hook towards the bend and tie them down to form legs. Clip the legs to length.
Bring the mylar over the peacock herl to form the wing pad. Tie down, whip finish and cement, if desired.
Mix a small patch of 5-minte epoxy (Epoxy all flies tied at once). With a tooth pick add a drop of epoxy on top of the mylar to give an opaque appearance. Let dry. Turning the fly on a wheel will keep the epoxy from running. (Be careful not to use too much epoxy or it will run onto the peacock herl.)