I usually write from my own experience, but for “Streamer Kings” I interviewed George Daniel, Chad Johnson, and Tommy Lynch. Their comments and insights compose the bulk of the article. Whether you’re new to streamers for trout or an old Mickey Finn hand like me, I’ll bet you learn something useful. On newsstands now.
Now you can meet, up-close and personal, the fly that has taken the currentseams community by storm: the Hare and Copper variant.
I first saw the Hare and Copper in the Spring 2012 issue of Fly Tyer, in a piece written by George Daniel called “Confidence Flies.” The original calls for a Knapek Nymph Hook, red wire, Dark Pardo Coq de Leon tail, black tungsten bead, and an entire body of dark brown SLF Squirrel dubbing. You can see below how I modified it to suit my tastes. This is really nothing more than a slightly souped-up cross between a Pheasant Tail and a Hare’s Ear. No wonder trout like it. A fine addition to your fuzzy nymph stash.
Hare and Copper Nymph variant
Hook: 2x strong, 2x short scud, size 10-16
Thread: Red 6/0
Bead: Copper, to match hook size
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers
Abdomen: Dark hare’s ear
Thorax: SLF Red Fox Squirrel Thorax
In other news, I just got back from a steelheading trip. Details to come soon.