Posted on

Copper Wire

Standard 0.2mm Wire

Using copper wire to your patterns as a rib not only gives your flies segmented bodies but also adds strength to them and increases their longevity. I have sourced a super quality soft copper wire in a wide range of colours for your patterns. This standard wire comes in 0.2mm and is supplied in a ‘soft’ state this means that it is easy to used and is very strong. As wire is worked it becomes harder, as we know by twisting a wire round and round it becomes brittle and breaks off, breaking your wire off like this rather than cutting it does not leave an exposed end on your finished pattern.

The image below shows the range of colours available:

From left to right: Silver, Dark Copper, Dark Green, Claret, Red, Copper, Black, Gold and Green.

All if the wire are coated for corrosion resistance, copper will tarnish if it is not coated with a material that protects it from the elements.

Extra Fine Wires

I have now available finer wires for use with dries, this is the same high quality wire but drawn down to 0.15 and 0.1mm. It is still supplied in the soft condition for strength and ease of use. but only available in silver, gold and copper.

Patterns

The Gold Ribbed Hairsear pattern is the classic pattern where the copper wire rib is an essential element of the fly, but ribs on Pheasant tail nymphs are as important.  Obviously the GRH uses gold, but the PTN can use a variety of rib colours – to add a target or make a change in the pattern.

Another classic still water pattern the Diawl Bach can be ribbed with coloured wire rather than holographic material to give a more subtle pattern that can be what is wanted on some days.

There are also those essential river flies where the body is made just using copper wire with a peacock or dubbed thorax, again colour can add impact to these.

Dubbing Brushes

Because the wire we supply is soft and string it can be used to create a dubbing brush.  Tie in a loop of copper wire to create a dubbing loop and using your favourite dubbing create the dubbing brush for your thorax.  When wet the wire can be seen through the dubbing and adds that extra dimension to your fly.