With Euro/Tight Line nymphing being all the rage why not take a classic fly like the Copper John and trick it out a little with a jigged hook and some weight. To me it only makes sense and makes for an awesome fly. Adding some lead or lead free wire helps an already heavy fly get into the zone fast! With a little added flair of the MFC barred rubber legs this fly is deadly.
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Leggy Euro Copper John Red Recipe:
Hook – Daiichi 4647
Bead – Slotted Tungstend Copper
Thread – Veevus 10/0 Black
Abdomen – UTC Wire Brassie Red
Thorax – Peacock Herl
Backing – Flashabou Tinsel and Scud Back 1/8″ Black
Legs- MFC Centipede Legs Yellow/Black/Red
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2 thoughts on “How to Tie a Leggy Euro Copper John Red: Fly Tying Video”
How do you fish it with the eye pointing down?
Great question! This fly will actually ride with the hook point facing up, which is ok because natural bugs are always tumbling through the current at different angles and orientations. You could tie this pattern inverted or on a different style hook, but they will all catch fish!