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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Copper John -- Skwala Style

How to get a two-toned body

copper john stonefly fly pattern
Two-Toned Skwala Style Copper John
Sit back and get ready for a 2 hour long dissertation on the merits and history of fishing a Copper John. Or not. Suffice it to say, the CJ is a standard nymph pattern. Suffice it to say that here at Fly Fish Food, we tend to throw a curve at the "stand by" patterns.

This is a round-about imitation of a Skwala Stonefly nymph. Obviously not exact and it's meant to be more of an overall searching pattern for the spring. It will sink like a rock and get down fast.

The two-tone method on the wire is actually comprised of three separate strands of wire -- two yellow and one brown -- all wrapped forward at the same time. Check out the video to get the main idea.

Two-Toned Skwala Copper John

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Hook: Fulling Mill 35025 Grab Gape Hook, Barbless - 10     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/32" (3.8mm)     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black     
Tail: Nature's Spirit Stripped Goose Biots - Tannish Yellow     
Body 1: UTC Ultra Wire - Hot Yellow - Brassie     
Body 2: UTC Ultra Wire - Brown - Brassie     
Wing Case 1: Thin Skin - Fly Specks, Brown/Black     
Wing Case 2: Veevus Holographic Tinsel - Copper - Medium     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Bleached Dyed Peacock Sticks - Golden Yellow     
Legs: Coq De Leon Hen Saddle - Speckled Copper Olive     
Wing Case Coat: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     



Other tools from the tutorial:
C&F Design Hackle Pliers     



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6 comments:

  1. That is one sexy ass fly. I was at the bench last night experimenting, I just got in some medium hot yellow, and medium brown- I went 2 strands and it did NOT look as good as yours with the 3 strands. Also- I was tying on a typical stonefly hook (long, down slope), but I"m think I like your cj nymph profile approach better. Awesome job.

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    1. Thanks man. Curtis killed it with this bug. The real key to tying a clean copper john is laying down a nice tapered and FLAT thread base to wrap the wire over. Any bumps in the thread will show up in the wire wraps.

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  2. Way to nail it Curtis! I'm thinkin sz 12 2x, black, purple and blue wire with a blue holo stripe on the wing case for a Young CJ stone. Thanks for the tutorial, its helped me a bunch!

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  3. long ass time to spend on a fly that is going to get lost asap

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    1. True. Just as well use cheese on a hook. Powerbait maybe, but still a bit more expensive than cheese.

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    2. Night crawler on a hook is faster than powerbait... Curtis is a noob.

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