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Tying Instructions
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Notes: The Brassie has it's origins in the 1960's along the shores of the South Platte River in Colorado. A number of tiers such as Ken Chandler, Tug Davenport, and Gene Lynch were known to have experimented with copper wire bodies. The name "Brassie" is due to the first flies being tied with Brass plated wire. However, the material became obsolete and copper was substituted. The fly has the advantaqe of being heavy to get down to the bottom of the stream quickly due to the weight of the wire and the thin profile. The copper wraps also gives the appearance of segmentation . With the availability of different wire colors, many color variations are possible to match a particular midge. Wapsi makes a number of colors within it's Ultra Wire line. They have a "Brassie" thickness that is between small and medium for sizes 18-22. The medium thickness works better for larger sizes 12-16. Peacock Herl is usually used to represent the gills and head of a midge. Metal or Glass Beads have been adapted to this pattern to provide some additional attraction. Some feel that the fly represents a small caddis pupa or midge pupa, others just think it's an attractor. Another variation worth noting, is the use of an underbody beneath the wire wraps of either floss or a spikey dubbing. This will give a translucent coloration as well as resemblance to emerging appendages. Many Brassies were originally tied using a TMC 200R or TMC 3761 hook in sizes 12-18 which represented caddis pupa. These are used within stream or river situations. There has been a trend to tie the pattern onto scud-type hooks such as Daiichi 1260 or TMC 2457 in smaller sizes, 16-22, to mimic midge pupa. These patterns can act as a dropper within a river nymph rig or within stillwater applications. Ian Colin James designed a popular pattern called the Brass Ass Buzzer. According to the fly's orginator,"The Brass Ass was developed for fishing off the breakwalls along the Gt Lakes for steelhead in 1993". Ian considers the fly to be a searching pattern that will catch a dynamic range of fish. An important element of the Brass Ass is the epoxy thorax and illuminated cheeks.

Variations:

Brassie, Copper
Brassie, Olive
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Brassie, Olive
Brassie, Olive
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Brassie, Red
Brassie, Red
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Brassie, Red
Brassie, Red
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Brassie, Olive & Gray
Brassie, Olive & Gray
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CDC Bubble Brassie
CDC Bubble Brassie
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Brass Ass Buzzer
CDC Bubble Brassie
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  • Hook : Wet-fly or grub hook, sizes 10 through 16.
    Thread : Black, 6/0.
    Body : Copper wire.
    Thorax : Black thread.
    Cheeks : Orange 3-D Hedron Holographic Fly Fiber.
    Coating : 5-minute epoxy.
  • 1. Tie the thread onto the hook shank well down the bend of the hook.
    2. Trim away the excess thread.
    3. Tie in a section of copper wire.
    4. Trim the excess copper wire.
    5. Wrap the thread 3/4 of the way along the hook shank.
    6. In touching turns wrap the copper wire 3/4 of the way along the hook shank.
    7. Tie off the copper wire
    8. Trim away the excess copper wire.
    9. Tie a strip of the holographic fiber onto each side of the hook shank.
    10. Build up a small thorax with the black thread.
    11. Pull the first strip of the holographic fiber along one side of the thorax and tie it down.
    12. Trim the away excess holographic fiber.
    13. Pull the second strip of the holographic fiber along the other side of the thorax and tie it down.
    14. Trim the away excess holographic fiber.
    15. Whip finish and trim away the thread.
    16. Coat the fly in 5-minute epoxy.
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