Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Copper King

This dressing assigns a thread color since Roger Woolley does not and substitutes holopraphic tinsel for flat metal tinsel.

Hook:

14-16
Thread:

Camel
Body:

Copper holographic tinsel
Hackle:

Brown Partridge



In Modern Trout Fly Dressing (1936), Roger Woolley lists the Copper King, presumably dressed as a flashy attractor pattern, under the “Fancy Wet Flies” heading. A fly might be termed “fancy” for a number of reasons, though it seems to have less to do with the flashiness of the dressing (even when the body of the fly is copper-colored tinsel) than the imagination of the fly tier or imitative nature of the pattern. 

Body.—Copper-coloured tinsel.
Hackle.—Brown partridge.”