The Copper John
In 1993, John Barr began working on an innovative nymph pattern all the way back in 1993. After three long years toiling at the vice, the Copper John nymph pattern was born. John went through several design and materials changes when he finally declared his invention finished in about 1996. Since its introduction in the mid-1990s, the pattern has become one of the best-selling nymphs around the world, and for good reason. The fly simply catches fish.
The fly actually does not imitate any one mayfly specific nymph. However, it suggests a whole range of larvae. The fly has gone through several improvements and innovations over the years. Add in a beadhead, rubber legs....and you've got a super fishy pattern, that sinks like a stone to get to where the fish are and fast.
You can fish these flies as part of a hopper dropper setup, or as part of a double nymph rig. I personally like the Copper John as my point fly in a double nymph setup.
This is simply a fly that no box should have a shortage of.
That's it for now my fishy friends! Please remember, pack it in, pack it out.
Tight Lines and Screaming Drags