The Brassie is a great fly to practice a few important fly tying fundamentals: building a smooth, tapered body (choice of tying thread is crucial), tight wrapping the wire body/rib, and finishing the fly without crowding the eye of the hook.
This pattern doesn’t require any complicated fly tying supplies. And as your confidence grows with this pattern, challenge yourself by going to a smaller hook size.
It should also be mentioned that this is not only a great fly to practice tying techniques, but it also catches fish.
It’s a great midge pattern when tied in smaller sizes (18-24) and also works well as a caddisfly pupa when tied in larger sizes (12-16). The wire body adds a nice amount of weight to the fly so it can effectively be fished as the trailing fly in a double nymph rig.
- Hook: size 12-24 scud hook; TMC 2457
- Thread: UTC 70 Denier
- Body: ultra-fine copper wire
- Thorax: peacock herl
- Set up your fly tying vise
- Fix the hook in the vise's jaw
- Push play on the video tutorial