Copper John – Best Fly Fishing Flies

The Copper John is a nymph tied from heavy materials, which normally is copper wire, which is how this fly get’s it’s name. The Copper John is used successfully in South Africa targeting fish, such as Yellowfish, in fast flowing rivers. It is used as the control fly (Similar to how a Brassie is used), and the weight of this fly normally means that the Copper John, as well as your point fly, get down quicker and stay in the strike zone for longer.


Type Of Fly?

  • Nymph
  • Weighted Fly
  • Control Fly

When To Use?

  • Summer

Where To Use?

  • Rivers
  • Fast Streams

Colour Variations?

  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Brown
  • Green

The Copper John was invented in 1993 by a man by the name of John Barr. It has become one of the most widely used patterns world wide for all sorts of fish species. The Copper John is a heavy and attractive nymph that sinks quickly and almost draws the fish to the fly. We would advise that the Copper John is fished with at least one other fly. This fly should be quite a lot smaller and more “natural” and techniques such as short line nymphing and Czech nymphing are a great way to go when using the Copper John.

Species That Can Be Caught On This Fly?

The Best Flies To Use

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