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Old 02-05-2010, 02:22 PM
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Default question for you all on a Copper John?

been goin over some patterns and i need to tie up some copper johns....do you all use the thinskin and flashaboo for the wingcase? or something else? i know there are tons of cariations and i had thought that i would try some of the medallion sheeting and see how it came out but wanted to see what your alls opinion was
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I'd say go for it. While the original version is still popular I have a dozen other variations in my fly box all with merit.
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Default Re: question for you all on a Copper John?

^^^I agree with Kerry. I've tied many and never used black "Thin Skin". Other colors show almost black with the peacock herl background.
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Default Re: question for you all on a Copper John?

I've used the black thinskin but the pattern is so conducive to changes that it is just a great fly to experiment with.
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Default Re: question for you all on a Copper John?

I've used the black thin skin (with flashabou underneath and Sally's Hansen's as a coating). I've also tied them without a wingcase - just the exposed herl. My more recent CJ's do not have a the wingcase b/c the fish don't seem to care.
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Default Re: question for you all on a Copper John?

I've tried thinskin with a flashabou stripe, pheasant tail fibers with a flashabou stripe, a black/pearl flashback wingcase, peacock ice dub with no wingcase, and peacock herl with no wingcase. I've also tied them as a soft hackle, with a collar of hen saddle in place of the divided partridge wings. They all work. Go crazy.
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