Soft hackles and copper john-athon

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thomas Williams, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,465
    Likes Received:
    458
    Location:
    Ansbach, Germany
    Spent most of the day at the vice. Some good results I think. Let me know what you think.

    uploadfromtaptalk1367207835961.jpg
    uploadfromtaptalk1367207852445.jpg
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    3,821
    Likes Received:
    1,389
    Location:
    Moses Lake, WA
    I like the looks of the mustard colored soft hackles.
     
  3. McNasty

    McNasty Canyon Lurker

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,215
    Likes Received:
    729
    Location:
    Somewhere Near Selah, WA
    great ties!
     
  4. chewydog

    chewydog Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Messages:
    186
    Likes Received:
    68
    Location:
    Golden, Colorado
    I see gaps...and pink.
     
  5. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,113
    Likes Received:
    378
    Location:
    Seattle,WA
    Very Nice ties!
     
  6. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2005
    Messages:
    322
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Woodland Park, Colorado
    I see fish food!
     
  7. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,465
    Likes Received:
    458
    Location:
    Ansbach, Germany
    I'm pretty sure the fish will forgive the gaps chewy. And its shrimp hares ear not pink :cool:

    Sent from my HTC_Amaze_4G using Tapatalk 2
     
  8. Norm Frechette

    Norm Frechette Googlemeister

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Messages:
    673
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    Norwich, CT
  9. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,465
    Likes Received:
    458
    Location:
    Ansbach, Germany
    Those are my own version of a copper john. You can call them wire body nymphs if it makes you feel better. Very rarely will I copy a pattern exactly.
     
  10. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2012
    Messages:
    7,192
    Likes Received:
    5,288
    Location:
    Willamette Valley, OR
    The actual Cooper John is a pain to tie. I too have came up with a pattern that is easier to tie and works about the same. Less is more.
     
    Ron McNeal likes this.
  11. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,355
    Likes Received:
    687
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA
    If I remember correctly it wasn't that long ago that you were telling the forum that you were going to start tying. It's been cool seeing the great ties you've done in many different styles. These are really nice and remind me of a fly called the Bird of Prey. It's one of my favorites for fall trout that are keyed into caddis pupa.

    [​IMG]
     
    Jeff Dodd and Thom Collins like this.
  12. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,355
    Likes Received:
    687
    Location:
    Ellensburg, WA
    SBS?
     
  13. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,465
    Likes Received:
    458
    Location:
    Ansbach, Germany
    Thanks Patrick. Ive been tying now for about 4 or 5 months. Im totally addicted and have been rapidly filling fly boxes with my own patterns. I have a similar pattern I tied that looks like your bird of prey ill upload it when I get off work. Its tied on a size 10 Scud hook and weighted heavily for my anchor fly. Also instead of partridge I used Guinea feathers dubbed in the split thread technique.
     
    Jon V likes this.
  14. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Messages:
    3,821
    Likes Received:
    1,389
    Location:
    Moses Lake, WA

    I'm taking a bit of a tangent for this thread but Patrick's fly is very similar to what Hoof used at Rocky Ford in August of last year. Hoof was the BC guy down here on vacation and I had planned a skunking for him. His fly worked well at RF. My guess is they liked the shape as a shrimp. I don't think RF has #12 caddis.
     
  15. Dr Bob

    Dr Bob Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2007
    Messages:
    266
    Likes Received:
    71
    Location:
    Woodinville, WA
    I agree on the original copper John being a pain to tye. I too have made modified versions that are simpler. I like what you haev done Thomas! They look go to me.

    Dr Bob