A long time classic and go to pattern, the Hare’s Ear is a must in every fly box. A fly that is as buggy as they come. It has been altered time and time again and every variation is as deadly as the next.

With traditional indicator nymph fishing, the split shot used is typically the deepest part of your rig. With this fly being weighted there is no need for split shot. It is however critical that it rides hook point up to help avoid snags. Thus the use of the Jig hook. Making it a good option for Euro-style or weighted nymph indicator fly fishing.

Step By Step Jigged Tungsten version:

Secure hook in vise and slide slotted bead behind the hook eye. Add some wraps of lead or lead-free wire.

Start tying thread behind the lead wire creating a thread ramp. Using about five or six pheasant tail fibers, measure the tips the length of the body and secure to the hook shank.

Tie in the ribbing material and dub the body with hare’s ear from either a mask or a premade dubbing. Rib the abdomen of the fly with five to six wraps.

Tie in a piece of tinsel followed by a good bit of Pheasant Tail fibers the same color as the tail. Dub the thorax to create a buggy taper. Fold over the backing material and whip finish.

Recipe:

  • Hook: Umpqua Competition C450BL 10 – 16
  • Weight: Lead Wire .015
  • Bead: Slotted Tungsten Gold
  • Thread: Veevus 10/ Red
  • Tail: CDL Fibers
  • Abdomen and Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear Dubbing
  • Ribbing: Mylar Tinsel Medium
  • Backing: Brown Pheasant Tail/Mylar Tinsel Thick

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