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.”

2 comments:

  1. Nothing is really new in fly fishing or fly tying is it? I have been fishing a similar Soft Hackle for a couple of years with a Pearlescent tinsel for the body. Obviously, after reading this post, it really wasn't a new pattern after all.

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  2. Mel, I'm sorry I missed your comment on an earlier post. I've posted quite a few flies on the blog that I've never tried - it's more about the history - but this is one I intend to get my fly box soon.

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