Hares Ear

Uses

A traditional and very useful pattern, the Hares Ear can be tied to suggest many different species of nymphs.

Variations

The Hares Ear can be tied weighted or unweighted. A beadhead works well, too. Dark brown is the most productive body color; dark olive and tan can also work well. Feel free to vary the body color to match different species, but be sure to compare the color of wet dubbing to the natural (and wet) insect.

Some anglers use peacock herl for the thorax.

For a Poxyback Hares Ear, coat the wingcase with epoxy. For an explanation of this style (and the reasons for it) see the Poxyback Green Drake.

A Gold Ribbed Hares Ear can imitate some species of blue-winged olive nymphs. The gold ribbing mimics some abdominal segments which are light colored.

Keep the fly sparse; it's very easy to make it too bulky.

I once ran into to a happy and successful angler who was obviously new to the sport. When asked what he was using for a fly, he said "Ear Hair Nymph!" So maybe that's a variation you might want to try . . .

How to Fish

In rivers, use the trout indicator, tight line, rising nymph, or shallow nymph presentations. In lakes, the count-down-and-retrieve or slow retrieve presentations are most useful.

HOOK: 2X heavy, 1X long, turned-down eye; e.g. TMC 3761 or equivalent. Sizes 8-18

THREAD: Brown or black

TAIL: Hares mask guard hairs

RIB: Gold mylar tinsel or copper wire

ABDOMEN: Blended hares ear; keep it thin

WINGCASE: Turkey tail coated with Flexament

THORAX: Same as abdomen. After tying, pick out a few hairs so they look like legs