The brassie is a classic pattern and has been around a very long time… because it catches FISH! I first started to fish this pattern when I started tying my own flies. I had never fished it before, but I needed a simple pattern that would was easy to tie as a beginner. Not only is this fly very easy to tie, with only a couple of materials, but it catches fish. It has become my go-to pattern on the Provo river in the spring. It imitates lots of different bugs from midge pupas, to blue wing olive nymphs, and caddis larvae. Just switch up the color of wire to help match the color of bugs in your river.
Don’t let the simplicity of this fly fool you. It’s a fish catcher so tie some up and let us know how you do with it. Use this fly with your favorite nymphing technique and also try it out as your dropper on a dry-dropper rig.
Hook: Scud hook- size 16-22 (18 is my favorite size)
Thread: 8/0 black
Bead: Silver, Copper, or Gold. Match size with the hook. Ex- 5/64 bead w/ size 18
Thorax: Peacock Hearl
Abdomen: Size BR wire in any color of your Choice (Olive is my Favorite)