Non Copper John

Variation of a classic

I think everyone on the planet has fished a Copper John before.  Big thanks to John Barr from Colorado for coming up with this fly, and a great selection of other fish slayers.  When I was just getting started I'd always have problems wrapping the wire for the Copper John because it never laid down perfectly and I was a savage with thread wraps.  The solution to that was to use a very flat thread in order to put a flat surface down before wrapping the wire.  I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but you can ditch the wire altogether.  Tubing has become one of my very favorite materials due to the huge variety of things you can do with it.  In this case, I just swapped wire for tubing and it's a hit!  Tubing also comes in a wide variety of colors, so it's pretty easy to tie flies that match your local hatches.  Obviously this is nothing original, I just swapped out one material for another and it seems to work out fine.

Happy Tying!


Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1530 - Heavy Wet Fly Hook - 12     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Purple     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Purple - 7/64" (2.8mm)     
Tail: Nature's Spirit Turkey Biot Quills - Purple     
Body: Body & Rib Tubing - Purple - Midge     
Wing Case: Thin Skin - Black     
Flash: Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Medium     
Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Purple     
Legs: Whiting Brahma Hen Saddle - Mottled Gray     
: Loon UV Clear Fly Finish - Thick (1/2 oz)     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Tiemco Deer Hair Scissors - Fine     
Tiemco TMC Adjustable Double-Arm Bobbin     
Tiemco Dual Whip Finisher