Small nymphs in the size 18-22 range are my least-favorite flies to tie—I’ve got fat fingers, and my vision isn’t what it once was, either. But these little flies can be absolutely deadly on spring creeks and tailwaters, and hitting these rivers and streams without small, unassuming midge nymphs and attractors is a mistake.
Here, Tim Flagler ties the venerable Ian’s Brass Ass—he puts a few of his own signature finishes on the fly, too. This is a great searching pattern in uber-clear water where fish are picky and rarely go for the “usual suspects.” Give this pattern a try next time you hit your favorite tailwater.
— Chris Hunt