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Everything You Need to Know about the Copper John Fly
If you’re a fly angler, you know how important it is to have the right patterns in your fly box. One of the most popular and effective patterns is the Copper John. This versatile fly has been around for decades and has helped countless anglers land trout in a variety of water conditions. Here’s what you need to know about this essential fly pattern.
Why is it so Popular?
The Copper John is a go-to fly for many anglers because of its versatility and effectiveness. It imitates a variety of aquatic insects, making it useful in many different fishing situations. It’s also easy to tie and comes in a wide range of colors and sizes, making it a must-have in any angler’s fly box.
What the Copper John Imitates
The Copper John imitates a variety of aquatic insects, including mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies. The fly’s body is wrapped in copper wire, which gives it a realistic segmented look, and the bead head imitates the thorax of the insect. The Copper John is effective in both still water and rivers, making it a versatile pattern.
Why is this pattern so good at catching trout?
The Copper John is a highly effective pattern for catching trout for two main reasons. First, its impressionistic appearance imitates a variety of aquatic insects, making it a highly versatile pattern that can be used in a variety of water conditions. Second, the weight of the copper wire and bead head allow the fly to sink quickly, making it effective in fast-moving water and deep pools where trout often feed.
Tips on Fishing this Fly
The Copper John is a great fly for nymphing, and it’s best fished as a dropper below a larger dry fly or in a two-fly nymph set up in either fly position. If you are throwing flies with a good presentation, you can’t go wrong with a copper john especially when you are first starting off for the day to see what the fish are eating. Recently a Copper J variation euro-style was made in our euro/copper assortment if you’re into euro nymphing!
Which Colors and Sizes are Best for a Copper John?
We have it available in a wide range of colors and sizes, but some are more effective than others. In general, the best colors are copper, black, and red, with sizes ranging from 12 to 18. Be sure to have a variety of sizes and colors in your fly box to match the insects in the water.
Copper John Fly for Sale
Add them to your cart today by the dozen or by adding a dozen with 3 different sizes (sampler pack) to add variety to your fly box and help you catch more fish on a variety of rivers. Our proven patterns are custom tied to each and every order to make sure the highest quality of fishing flies are delivered to your door.
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If you came here looking to tie the copper john instead, no problem! here’s a great video on how to tie the copper john