Brass Zebra Bead Head

The Brass Zebra is a mash-up of 2 popular trout flies. The Brassie and the Zebra Midge. This design is credited to Dan Liechty, but there are some other similar flies out in the world.

The fly is quite simple but can be tied using different colors of wire. You’ll just want to make sure you keep the colors contrasting so that you keep the “zebra” effect. Black with gold, silver, orange, or chartreuse all works well.

For the thorax, natural peacock works well, but you can use Ice Dubbing or Diamond Dubbing to give the fly a slightly different look and a little more durability.

Fish this pattern near the bottom of creeks and rivers or it also works well as a stillwater fly suspended under a strike indicator.

Brass Zebra Fly Pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-16
Bead: Gold tungsten or brass
Thread: Black 6/0 (140d)
Body: 1 strand red Ultrawire & 2 strands black Ultrawire
Thorax: Peacock herl or dubbing

Brass Zebra Trout Fly
Brass Zebra fly for trout and panfish

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Tying a Bead Head Flashback Hare’s Ear Nymph

This Bead Head Flashback Hare’s Ear Nymph is a simple variation on the classic Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph. The addition of the flashback and the riddance of the shellback make this easy to tie nymph a perfect confidence fl. It is going to be one of the staple flies in my small stream trout box this spring.

For the dubbing, you can either use a premixed hare’s ear dubbing or clip your own from a mask. I’ve clipped mine from a mask and blended the fibers between two pet grooming tools to evenly distribute the underfur and guard hairs.

I’m using the Hedron Mirage Flashabou, but you can use any pearl flash you might have on hand. The Mirage is opal and pearl, giving an almost mirror finish on the back of this nymph.

BH Flashback Hare’s Ear Fly Pattern recipe

Hook: Mustad C49s #10-16
Bead: Gold tungsten or brass
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Tail: Red squirrel tail
Ribbing: Gold Ultrawire
Flashback: Mirage tinsel
Body: Tan hare dubbing
Thorax: Tan hare dubbing

Flashback Hare's ear Nymph Fly Pattern
Flashback Hare’s ear Nymph Fly Pattern

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Whiting Hackle from Egg to Emerger

We get a behind the scenes look into the operations at Whiting Farms. There is a lot involved in order to get those even long hackles that fly tyers covet. There is the breeding selection process that is needed in order to breed in or out desired traits. There is the tracking of eggs from the time they are laid until the time they are harvested. There is the incubation, sexing, feeding, and on and on. One thing I can say is that these birds are well taken care of.

Follow along with Cheech and Curtis as Dr. Tom gives them the details of what it takes to grow and maintain the best hackle on the market.

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