An adaptation inspired by Chris Stewart's publication. It also uses the old "Tarcher" pattern originated by Ken Iwamasa in the 1970s with a handy upturned hook.
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Copper body (or colored) brownish-greyish hen pheasant Long soft hackle, colored silk and Peacock herl collar. Anyone who has used the Western Copper John fly pattern knows the value of this fly. Except that this one is a sakasa tie and fairly weedless as well. In my opinion a perfect blending of the ideas of two angling masters.
The copper body and heavy gauge hook takes it to the bottom in slow to medium currents where the point, which tends to ride upright, helps to prevent snags.
I feel that the fish think these are stonefly nymphs, so I have expanded the color range. Like all of my flies, they are very durable. A customer favorite here & a best performer. Wide-gap English Bait hook. Sold as three flies. Super durable, last nearly forever design. Size #14 English Bait Hook only. I don't add any beads in order to avoid blocking the hook point.