Fly of the Week – Hares Ear Nymph

Fly of the Week
Another classic river and still-water fly – The Hares Ear nymph. This pattern comes into it’s own when used on the river, it imitates almost anything that inhabits the river bed and can be varied with  different colour beads, leaded bodies and hotspots. Most fly fishermen’s fly boxes are variants on the Hares ear or pheasant tail theme. With the Grayling season upon us, the Hares ear has to be this weeks fly of the week.

Attach a gold bead to a hook of your choice, my favourite is the Kamasan b175, in a range of sizes. Here I’ve used a size 10. Build a layer of White UTC Thread behind the bead, this makes sure everything is secure and the beads doesn’t slip off over the tying. Run a layer of thread down the hook shanks and stop just opposite the barb. Detach 5/6 strands of red game herls as the tail. Measure the length against the hook shank, preferably it’ll be about the same, one or two turns of thread and it should be secure.

Attach a length of Uni soft Wire and run the thread to the top of the hook, securing and hiding the waste from the tail and wire, returning to the bottom of the hook to start the body.

Pull some dubbing from an hares ear mask or packet and create a right rope around 2 inches in length. Run the body to the top of the hook, leaving enough room to tie off the rib and insert a thorax.

Evenly space four or five turns of the wire rib, and tie off. This gives the body some security as fish teeth tend to pull the fur from the thread and wreck the fly. You want your flies to catch more than a few fish, right?

Attach more hares fur to the thread, this time not to tight, so it gives the fly a tapered effect and a much ‘buggy’ look. A few turns should do to cover the thread. A few tight wraps just behind the bead and whip finish off.

Simply take your dubbing needle or rake and ‘scruff’ the fly up, it looks much better once it has been picked out. I prefer to use a dubbing needle as I can control the amount of spike.

Hares Ear – Tying Materials 

Hook: Kamasan 175 Size 10
Bead: 3mm Gold bead
Thread: UTC White 70 Denier
Tail: Red Game
Rib: Gold Oval Wire
Body: Hares Ear dubbing
Thorax: Hares Ear dubbing

Written by Kieron Jenkins

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Kieron Jenkins

About Kieron Jenkins

Born and raised on the rivers and lakes of south Wales, Kieron Jenkins won his first cap at the age of nine, fishing for the Welsh Youth International team. He has gone on to prove himself as one of the leading competition anglers of his generation, both on the river and also the stillwater scene. Specialising in nymph and dry fly fishing in the small streams and larger, freestone rivers of South Wales, he’s also a highly respected and innovative fly tier. Kieron regularly contributes quality features to online and printed game fishing publications. When he’s not fly fishing, kieron is digital marketing manager at Fulling Mill.

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