John Barr is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Copyright © 2007 by John Barr.
THE COPPER JOHN went through several design changes over a period of about three years beginning in 1993. The early patterns caught fish, but I didn't consider it finished until 1996. After trying numerous hook styles, I settled on the Tiemco 5262, a 2XL, 2X heavy hook. (For those new to fly tying, this simply means a hook with a shank that is twice as long...