This week’s Throw Back Thursday Fly is the Brassie.
Here is an old Brassie fly I tied several year’s ago. I tried to tie a size 20 on a size 18 hook. This technique is used when wanting a larger gape for more hooking power, especially in the smaller hook sizes.
The fly was attributed to Ken Chandler, Gene Lynch, and Tug Davenport who developed it in the 1960’s on Colorado’s South Platte River. I read a story about them fishing tattered flies where the copper underbody, which was used for weight, began to show through and they still caught fish. The rest is history. Another great fly pattern from Colorado’s fly tiers.
I haven’t used it in recent years. I might have to give it a try as a midge imitation or perhaps for a small BWO nymph.