I’ve chosen the brassie as this month’s featured fly. The choice was inspired by the events of my overly chaotic schedule. I became so swept up in the day to day that the fly of the month article had escaped my mind, until our editor sent me a friendly email reminder that he was waiting for the submission. I had to come up with an article that was efficient and effective in a short amount of time. As I thought about what fly to tie, it occurred to me that the brassie is just that kind of fly – quick and efficient to tie, and very effective. And after last month’s parachute biot body mayfly, I thought something a bit easier might be welcome by those of you following this column. So without further ado, I present to you the…





HOOK: wet or curved shank hook,

size 14 to 20

THREAD: olive

BODY: copper wire

THORAX: hare’s ear dubbing




  1. Start the thread on the hook just behind the eye and wrap a base of thread to the bend, or around the bend if you’re using a curved shank hook.
  2. Return the thread to just behind the eye of the hook and tie in a piece of copper wire as follows: hold the wire underneath the hook shank at a 45 degree angle and trap it to the bottom of the shank with a few loose wraps. Then gently pull the wire back along the shank of the hook, drawing the tip of it underneath the thread wraps. Now continue to wrap the thread back to the bend of the hook, securing the copper wire to the bottom of the hook shank. Return the thread to just behind the eye.
  3. Wrap the copper wire to form a body. Wrap all the way to the just behind the eye of the hook, in touching turns, trying to avoid any gaps between the turns of wire. Tie off the wire and trim the excess (TIP: after securing the wire at the eye of the hook, you can wiggle it back and forth until the excess pings off. This will save the blades of your scissors some wear and tear.)
  4. Now wrap the thread a few turns back and forth over the area that will be dubbed for the thorax, recreating a thread base over which the thorax will be wrapped.
  5. Dub a thorax of hare’s ear dubbing, ending with your thread at the eye of the hook.
  6. Form a small head of thread, whip finish and clip off. Add a drop of head cement and you’re ready to go!


A quick, efficient, and effective fly. I personally like it on a curved shank, but you could tie it on a straight shank as well. Generally, the smaller the better with the brassie. Tie a bunch in a variety of sizes on both straight and curved shanked hooks, and you’ll be ready for any situation on the water. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions at or 610-730-7928.