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Monday, January 27, 2014

Build a Better Brassie

Turn simple into ultra simple

brassie fly pattern
I know.  How can you make the brassie even more simple than it is?  Trust me - it is possible.

The brassie is a great fly because it just plain produces fish.  Similar to a Zebra midge, it is designed for maximum simplicity, and effectiveness.  With the wide array of wire products out now from UTC and other companies, there are many different color combinations that can be achieved.  

 This video is designed to help you tie cleaner, faster brassies.  The key is to eliminate thread under the body of the fly.  Check out the video for demonstration.

~ Cheech

Material List

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Hook: TMC 2488 Nymph Hook - 18 - 25 Pack     
Thread: Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier - Black     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Black Nickel - 5/64" (2.0mm)     
Body 1: UTC Ultra Wire - Silver - Small     
Body 2: UTC Ultra Wire - Black - Small     
Thorax: Nature's Spirit Snowshoe Rabbit Foot Dubbing - Black     


  1. Great tying method. I use the same method to tie size 18, 20, and 22 copper johns while using 3 strands of ultra wire to get different colors. On top of being really easy, it lets me get a thin enough body--I am convinced almost all commercial mayfly patterns are too thick in the body.

    One thing I have found really helpful is using a pair of curved toenail clippers to trim the wire. They make it really easy to trim any material flush to the hook.

  2. Wow, that is beyond ultra simple! Very nice tie!

    I definitely like the idea of clippers to cut the wire, too.

  3. Awesome, I am excited to tie some of these in different colors.

  4. Great technique .... I like to use a MIG welder to finish it at the back. J/K.
    I agree with one of the comments above about the body sizes. These need to be smooth and nothing smoother than wire right on the hook. Great website dudes.