One of the most popular of all the nymphs, the Hare's Ear can be tied in a variety of ways to fit differing locations. One of the most popular variations is the bead head. Simply add a small gold bead at the eye of the hook to begin with and tie as normal. Brown or tan soft hackle can also be tied in at the eye to be fished as a wet fly. As with any nymph pattern, several wraps of lead can be added before you tie to give more weight to the fly. No need to worry about details, the Hare's Ear looks and works best when tied thick and bushy. The Hare's Ear is an effective nymph to be used anywhere but particularly in the western states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
Tail: Hare's Ear guard fibers
Body: Dubbed Hare's Ear
Ribbing: Gold wire
Case: Dubbed Hare's Ear (wrapped heavier than body)
- Begin by tying in a thick amount of guard hair to form the tail
- Tie in a length of gold wire.
- Spin Hare's Ear dubbing fur on thread with it tapering at the beginning.
- Wrap spun fur forward, building a small taper as you go. Wrap half way down the hook and stop.
- Next wrap gold wire in even increments across body and tie off where the dubbing ends.
- Apply more Hare's Ear dubbing to the thread, particularly including the larger guard fibers. Wrap dubbing to the eye of the hook, forming a larger and thicker thorax.
- Whip Finish.
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