The Copper John is the most commonly used trout fly in the west these days. For a good reason, it’s a great attractor pattern and it works! The Copper John was developed by legendary fly tier John Barr. It can be tied in a wide variety of colors, making it very versatile. The most popular color is red, and it is a favorite as well. A red Copper John catches more fish on the Arkansas River than any other fly out there. It doesn’t really imitate a specific bug, but it does resemble a stonefly and mayfly very well. What makes the Copper John so effective is its profile. It just looks buggy! More favorite colors for the Copper John are: Copper, Chartreuse, Yellow and Black. Tie it the same way, just change the color of your wire!
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The Lite-Brite Zonker is a great little streamer developed by Bill Black at Spirit River. It’s a new spin on the traditional zonker. The Lite-Brite Zonker can be tied in several color variations, but the one tied in this video is a favorite. You can tie it with a standard brass bead or a tungsten bead for extra weight. This is a must have streamer in your fly box and it really does produce fish!!
The EP Bay Anchovy is a great small baitfish pattern for Snook, Tarpon, Tuna and Stripers! It can be tied in several color variations with Olive, Chartreuse, Minnow and Tan being the most popular colors. Enrico ties this fly in one size….a #1/0. He has found that this is the best hook size for the profile & size of the fly. This is a great pattern and pretty straight forward to tie!!
Starting fly tying is never an easy feat. To make it a little easier, we brought in these starter kits of fly tying materials and tools from Hareline Dubbin, and we think they’re great! They come with all of the items you need to start tying some common and easy patterns — all in one box. All of the kits come with the same basic materials and vary on the tools and vise included. We did a video overview on each one of the three kits as well as a final comparison video. Check them out! They may be just the place to kickstart your fly tying journey!