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.
I was turned onto this concept by a father and son angler team Gary and Sammy Hoag at a Trout Unlimited meeting a few months back. They are traveling the country trying to catch all of the native species found in our great land! The Sparkle Braid Worm no doubt helps them put fish in their nets. As simple as the San Juan Worm to tie it is an awesome addition to your dirty fly box. I like to tie it in the pink color shown as well as some other red variations. This is a great fly to help hook into fish on a tough day.
This fly is just that, simple. Utilizing just a couple of different materials this fly is very easy to tie but doesn’t compromise fish catching ability. Great in the morning or evening when caddis are really moving and shaking. Fish it with a little weight or tandem with a weighted fly to get it in the zone.