Seeing that I have nothing inspirational to post about today I thought I would post about a kebari pattern that I came up with this past summer. When fished, most sakasa kebari flies that I have tied will float at the surface or within about 10 inches of the surface. I wanted a sakasa kebari that would sink fairly fast when I had a chance to fish some fast water. At the time I had no beads to use so I looked for ideas elsewhere. Of all of the patterns I have looked through one in particular jumped to the front of the line. Brassie's were developed out west for the same reason I needed one. They sink well and have a great attraction to them and they have been found to work well in many other waters around the country. So, like other sakasa kebari variations I have tied, I combined aspects of two flies to make one. I didn't have the chance to use them on fast water this year. I tended to stick with my Royal Sakasa Kebari when I went looking for brookies (see Nov. post for "The Royal Family). However, I did try the Brassie SK's at the millpond around the corner a few times. I found that 4 out of 5 bluegills preferred the taste of this kebari to the others that I had tried with them. I even picked up a few pumpkin seed's and small largemouth bass to boot. I look forward to trying them on fast water like I intended but if worse comes to worse they will work on panfish. On a side note, anyone interested in this type of sakasa kebari should checkout the Nov. 25th Thanksgiving "Tina Louise Kebari" and Nov 21st post at http://www.troutrageous.blogspot.com/ . He has some great looking flies. In addition, Chris Stewart at http://www.tenkarabum.com/ has another version he calls "Sakasa Copperbari" that is a good looking fly.
Brassie Sakasa Kebari
Hook: Mustad C49S
Thread: Orvis thread tan 8/0
Hackle: Hungarian partridge
Body: peacock herl collar and UTC ulta small diameter copper wire