Fly Tying: Copper John – a Two-tone Variant of the Classic American Nymph

The most popular fly in America the last two decades, John Barr’s Copper John is a super effective trout pattern for almost all waters. This fast-sinking nymph can be tied in several versions by varying the wire color or goose biot tail.

Hook: #10-18 2x long nymph
Bead: Gold tungsten
Weight: Wire, sized to hook
Thread: Black
Tail: Brown goose biots
Abdomen: UTC Ultra Wire
Flash: Pearl Flashabou
Wing case: Thin skin
Thorax: Peacock herl
Legs: Brown hen or partridge
Coating: Epoxy or UV resin

Author: Matt O