Brassie Midge Fly
I don't think anyone knows for sure who first designed and tied the
Brassie Midge fly We have read where it was first used on the South
Platte River in Colorado. In fact, the fly is said to also be called the South
Platte Midge. One thing for sure, is the Brassie Midge is a very popular fly.
Midges are aquatic insects that live in just about every trout stream or
lake in the World. They are very plentiful and very common insects. Trout
eat midge larvae all year long but they become most important to the fly
angler fishing for trout during cold weather when the water is cold and few
other aquatic insects hatch.
The Brassie Midge fly is intended to imitate the midge larva stage of life.
The name "Brassie" obviously comes from the brass look of the fly. We
read where anglers first used the copper wire from electric motors for the
ribbing. The wire tarnished rapidly and flies were tied just before fishing
trips to place. We understand when the fly was first tied and sold
commercially, it was stored in containers that prevented the fly from
The Brassie Midge can be fished with success just about anywhere trout
exist. The key to presenting the fly is to keep in on or near the bottom
where midge larvae are found. You should add weight to the tippet a few
inches above the fly as necessary to keep Brasie Midge fly on the bottom.
Various currents and water depths vary the amount.
The Brassie Midge fly can be fished with or without a strike indicator. Very
light leaders and tippet should be used.
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Brassie Midge Trout Fly
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