Welcome to Copper Fly - Beginners Instruction to tying flies


The Collaborator Fishing Fly

The Collaborator Fishing Fly The collaborator was created in a joint effort by Steve Hanson and Phil Rowley. The 2-tone effect was created to mimic the chironomids found in one of the lakes they were fishing and by examining the stomach contents of fish caught the previous day. I have made a couple minor changes to the original, and it has been a get fly for still waters.

Ingredients for the Collaborator:
  • Scud hook size 10 - 14
  • Gold or Black bead
  • White ostrich herl
  • Fine copper wire
  • Peacock herl
  • 8/0 Red fly tying thread
  • 8/0 Brown fly tying thread
Starting the Collaborator.

Pinch down the barb of the hook, and place on the bead. Put the hook into the vice.

Tying in the gills

Push the bead to the back of the hook, and attach your red tying thread. Take 4-5 ostrich herls, and tie them onto the hook near the eye. You only need a small amount of the herl to form the gills. You can always trim off a longer gill.

More on the gills

Whip finish behind the eye, and cut the red thread. Trim off the excess herl, and slide the bead over top of the herl to the eye of the hook. restart your red tying thread behind the bead, and begin wrapping towards the back of the hook.

Tie in the copper wire

Tie in a piece of fine copper wire. When you are tying in the wire, hold it straight behind the fly, slightly raised. Continue to add close even wraps of thread, making sure the keep tension on the wire so that it lays flat on top of the hook shank. Once you get the the middle of the bend, start winding back to the front of the fly.

Change thread colors

Add a whip finish with the red thread, and cut it off. Now attach the brown thread, and start to create a slight taper towards the eye of the hook. Be sure to leave a small section of the red thread exposed at the bottom of the hook.

Rib the fly

Wind the copper wire to the back of the bead. Tie off the wire, and trim the excess wire.

Finish the Collaborator

Find 2 nice peacock herls, and trim the tips. Tie in the herls just behind the bead. Wrap the herls around the tying thread, and then wrap the herl around the hook behind the bead. Tie off the herl, and trim the excess herl. Add a whip finish, and cement the head.