I’ve only been able to hit the creeks a couple times this year, but I’ve been developing this brownline nymph for the past couple seasons. In particular, I wanted this fly to target a specific river, but I’m finding that it has been producing a ton of resident rainbow trout on all the creeks I’ve fished. The thorax is a split thread loop wrapped like a soft hackle. This gives the fly a jacket of UV dubbing and the appearance of trapped gas. The brown body of the fly is contrasted with chartreuse ribbing and can be seen through the shroud of brown UV ice dubbing. I’ve used tungsten to help get this fly down deep and into the strike zone quickly. It’s a great little bead head fly for the small pocket water creek of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Brownline Nymph fly pattern recipe
Hook: Firehole 516 #12-18 or another jig hook
Bead: Gold tungsten
Thread: Brown UTC 6/0 (140d)
Tail: Pardo CDL fibers
Ribbing: Chartreuse Ultrawire small
Body coat: Bone Dry U.V.
Thorax: Brown Ice Dubbing
Years ago, my cat Mags, got under my feet and I ended up stepping on the hair of his tail. A big chunk of hair was left behind, pretty much even tipped, and so I figured I would put it to good use. I decided to tie the cat hair into a Clouser pattern and this was the result. Fox is a good substitute for the cat hair, besides, it might be too noticeable to have the cat walking around with a bald tail.
I put the fly in my fly box and a couple months later found myself fishing in a northern Alberta lake. I decided to try the fly and trolled it behind our boat. I was soon tangled up with one of my largest pike on the fly.
Mags’ Clouser Minnow Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad R75-79580 #4-8
Thread: Rusty Dun 6/0 (140d)
Barbell: 4.0mm brass
Tail: Cream fox body
Body: Pearl Flashabou or Mirage
Flash: Pearl crystal flash
Wing: Red fox body
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