Brassie, Two Toned

A variation to the classic pattern, two contrasting colors or wire are wrapped at the same time to add to the segmentation effect. A thorax is created out of gray dyed hare's mask in the step by step. Peacock herl or any other dark dubbing could be used. Three strands of wire can also be used for more color variation, or to make one of the bands larger than the other.

  • Wet Fly
  • Midge
  • Simple
  • Trout
  • Submitted By: Fly Tying Guide


#14-20 Emerger Hook
Place the hook in the vise.
Prepare the wires by snipping off similar lengths of two contrasting colors. Start the wires by taking a single wrap about the middle of the shank, wrap both wires at the same time treating them as if they were just a single wire while wrapping.
Gently pull the ends of the wires to tighten it on the hook shank, and then begin taking wraps towards the eye being careful to not allow the two wires to twist and overlap each other. If you are having difficulty gripping the tag ends of the wires, using a pair of hackle pliers might be easier.
Continue wrapping the wires, as you near the eye of the hook use your thumbnail to push the wire wraps back along the shank until they are about a quarter way down the bend. This is easier than avoiding the hook point while wrapping and also helps to eliminate any gaps in the wraps.  End the wraps about a hook eye length behind the eye. Using a old pair of scissors, snip off the wire close to the shank and then use your thumbnail or something hard like the flats of your scissors to press the ends of the wire down so it sits flush on the hook shank.
An optional step, I like to coat my wire with a thin UV resin before continuing. This really helps lock things in place and adds a little durability to the fly.
Start your thread on the body near the eye and take wraps back until your thread is just before the hook point, about a quarter of the hook shank length back.
Create a small dubbing noddle on the thread.
Create a thorax with the dubbing, finish one to two thread wraps behind the eye of the hook..
Form a small head with thread, whip finish and apply head cement. On small flies it can sometimes be easier to add a little head cement to the thread before whip finishing.
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