Earlier this week, I swapped out the hooks on my tying desk from the big 8/0 hooks I use for musky and pike, for size a size 14. I love to tie a variety of flies. I would go crazy if I had to tie the same pattern 100 times in a row, so, the change was good.

I don’t know what you would call these, but it’s basically a Copper John with a pheasant tail, with no legs. I left out 2 steps. Much more enjoyable for me to tie than the traditional Copper John, and the people I have tied this for have had equal amount of success.

Pheasant Tail Copper John Clone?
Size 14 Hook
Pheasant Tail
Medium Copper Wire
Peacock Hearl
Gold Bead (Copper or Gold)

6 Replies to “Change Up”

  1. Certainly should be a very effective nymph. Includes (3) parts to a successful nymph in my book. That is the Beadhead, Pheasant Tail, Peacock Herl. Also, the wire is always a good idea.

  2. I am sort of dissappointed in myself that I was unable to make a trip to the Driftless this year. It's good to know that similar flies have brought you success up there. Thank you!

  3. I've been thinking about making a trip to Iowa or Michigan this winter. If I do, I hope I am able to find some browns or brooks.

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