Fly Power - Generating Electricity on the River

Electric Flies

As we are now drawing towards the close of the Mayfly season, I hope it's been good for you - I know here in North Yorkshire, the fish are now confidently taking mayflies and the evenings are the time to be on the water - our attention starts to focus on which flies will work post-mayfly!

I've always found this a really difficult period of the season, as the resident fish of the Derwent don't really seem interested in any dry flies which I present to them - no matter how well they are tied!

One school of thought - which I personally subscribe to, as it's worked really well for me over the years - is to start to use smaller, more imitative nymphs during the day, especially when the fish seem to be a little sluggish and there's little to no activity on the surface.

One such nymph which I find works really well no matter which river or stillwater you are on, is the famous Copper John, especially in Olive Green:

This nymph, created by John Barr in 1993, has a world famous reputation for catching fish.

There's an urban myth that the success of this nymph is due to the copper wire being wrapped around a hook, which creates a form of magnetic field which then attracts the fish - I suppose you do have the beginnings of an electromagnet with the materials, I'm still not sold on the idea though - but the nymphs work - so who's to argue!

If you want to give them a go and see their fish-catching abilities for yourself, then we have our updated Copper John Selection available for you to try now:

The Copper John is a nymph which has always caught fish, this nymph is a great fly for both Trout and Grayling. Great in deep or fast water, it can also be used as a part of the Duo setup with great effect. This fly accounts for fish in virtually every river and stillwater, due to its weight and profile, with copper wire twisted around the hook shank this gives the fly a uniform weight distributed throughout the fly, and more importantly, gets the fly to the depth where the fish are. Even in the smaller sizes this fly penetrates the water and sinks.

Our Copper John Selection contains the following colour variations:

Our Copper John Selection contains 16 nymphs (4 colour variations, 2 of each, in sizes 14 & 18) and is available now for only £20 - which includes Free Delivery to anywhere - in our Eco-Friendly packaging. That's a massive 15% saving over buying them individually. If you have a discount code from us, you can include that to save even more.

Go on, you know you want to!

Last Few Remaining ...

Firstly, I'd like to thank all of you who put your trust in us and bought one of our NEW Stillwater Almanacs, we've been blown away by the success since we launched it last Wednesday. We've already had to give the printers a nudge to get them organised for a second print run.


 Secondly, we've only a few (12 to be precise) of our 2022/23 Stillwater Fly Anglers Almanacs remaining from our first print run - we have commissioned a 2nd print run which should be with us towards the end of the month, so if you want to get hold of one of the first editions, please get in quick!


Have fun out there!