Copper John Nymph
I can’t remember how I came to begin fishing the Copper John, but I do know it’s now become my favorite nymph pattern.
Looking back through my trip diary this little fly has been successful on just about every river or stream I’ve fished. It gets down fast and generally stays pretty close to the bottom, however in faster current it will swing up at the end of a drift (down & across).
Hook – Size 12
Thread – Black
Tail – Brown Elk/Deer Hair
Body – Peacock Herl and Red Floss
Hackle - Brown Cock
Wing – White Calf Tail/Calf body hair