The Brassie has it's origins in the 1960's along the shores of the South Platte River in Colorado. A number of tiers such as Ken Chandler, Tug Davenport, and Gene Lynch were known to have experimented with copper wire bodies. The name "Brassie" is due to the first flies being tied with Brass plated wire. However, the material became obsolete and copper was substituted. The fly has the advantaqe of being heavy to get down to the bottom of the stream quickly due to the weight of the wire and the thin profile.