| It is time to return to the basics. The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph is one of the most popular and most effective fly patterns ever developed and we have seen this pattern tied many different ways. It is tied as a nymph, as a classic wet fly, with a bead head and as a flash back. All of these Hare's Ear patterns are equally effective which is due to the material used. A properly tied, Hare's Ear will match the nymphs of many different mayflies. This important pattern is easy to tie and it requires inexpensive materials.|
Hook: TMC 3671, 200R, 5262, Mustad 3906, 3906B, 9671, 9672, sizes #8-#20
Thread: 6/0 or 8/0 black
Weight: Non-toxic lead wire of appropriate size (optional)
Tail: Brown Partridge, Brown hackle fibers or Hare's mask guard hairs
Rib: Fine oval gold tinsel, or gold or copper Ultra Wire size BR (preferred)
Abdomen: Hare's mask dubbing (Hareline Dubbin #4)
Thorax: Hare's mask dubbing (Hareline Dubbin #5) loop dubbed
Wingcase: Mottled turkey or goose wing quill segment
1. Crush down barb and place hook in vise.
2. Tie-in thread behind hook eye and wrap rearward to bend.
3. Wrap appropriate sized lead wire in the 1/2 of the hook shank.
4. Wrap the thread forward and through the lead wraps and back
to the bend -apply cement to lead wraps.
5. At bend, (tie-in point) tie-in tail hook gap in length.
6. At tie-in point tie-in rib under the hook.
7. Dub a tapered abdomen and wrap forward two thirds of hook shank
in length covering the lead wraps.
8. Counterwrap the rib in open spirals to front of abdomen - tie-off and cut off excess.
9. Tie-in wingcase in front of body pointing to the rear, hook gap in width, dull side up.
10. At the wingcase tie-in point form a thread loop and wax one side
11. Place thorax dubbing in the loop and twist using a loop dubbing tool or hackle pliers.
12. Wrap thorax rope forward to one eye length behind the eye forming a
robust thorax which is slightly larger in diameter than the abdomen - tie-off.
13. Fold wingcase forward and tie-off.
14. Form a neat tapered thread head, whip finish and cement.
15. Apply a thin coat of head cement to top of wingcase.