Copper Bodies

  • The completed copper body. Buff up the copper with a strip of chamois leather.
  • If desired, lacquer the body to delay tarnishing.
  • Tie off the copper. (S)
  • Using straight scissors, trim off the surplus copper. Avoid cutting close to the blade points.

Copper bodies can be tied with proprietary copper-colored flytyers' tinsel, using the method already shown for tinsel bodies. Another source of similar material is the humble copper scouring pad, which provides strong and shiny copper "tinsel" at a fraction of the cost! Its disadvantages are that the pad must be unraveled and that the luster fades, although the latter can be prevented for a time by lacquering the completed copper body.

Scouring pad tinsel looks good whether used as the basic body material or as ribbing (especially ribbing over peacock herl). I use it myself for lures - in particular, the Jersey Herd fly, whose original body material was a gold-color foil milk bottle cap.

  • Prepare the hook shank with close turns of foundation thread to the tail position. (S)
  • Optional: Using black floss, form and finish off an under-body similar to the one shown. (S)
  • Tie in the copper (as for flat tinsel), and wind the thread back over the underbody (or shank) to the eye. (S)
  • If desired, glue the underbody (or shank).
  • Wind on the copper, each turn just touching the last.
  • Cut into the weave of a scouring pad and unravel a length of copper strip.
  • Place the strip over the edge of a straight pair of (closed) scissors, and place your thumb on top.
  • Gently pull the copper through to remove the kinks. (Be careful not to cut your thumb.) Cut the dekinked length from the pad.
  • If the dekinking process curls the copper too much, turn the strip over and repeat the process, more gently.

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