Tying Video – Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

I decided to focus on some “quicker” ties in the next few videos.  The videos may not be all that quick, especially by YouTube standards, but the flies themselves are tied up relatively quick.  This week’s fly is the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph.  One of my favorite nymph patterns, to fish and tie, and a pattern that should be in everyone’s fly box when headed out to the water.  When I do a video or article on a fly I like to do some research on the history of the fly and it’s origins.  I was very surprised to find that there is not much know about the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear.  At least google does not know much (which we all know means the information then does not exist).  Even the books I have on fly tying and fishing trout nymphs do not have much on the history.  There is a lot of information on how the fly is constructed, variations on the pattern, and what it is supposed to mimic but not much on the history.  My library is by no means extensive but I was surprised to not even hear it was tied by “so and so” for fishing on “such and such” stream back in a “time long ago”.   So, if any of you folks have any history or background on the origins of the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph I would love to hear about it.  Let me know in the comment section below.

The fly itself is a fairly easy fly to tie.  Other then the rib and the wingcase all of it is from the mask (face) of a Hare (rabbit).  It is generally tied in a natural color but you can die the Hare’s mask and tie the fly in various colors.  I know olive and brown are both productive colors.  You can also use regular rabbit fur is you do not have a hare’s mask.  I would use a natural, or died natural, as the guard hairs will have the distinct banding the fly requires.  It is normally tied with a Gold oval tinsel but a flat Gold tinsel is popular as well.  I have even seen it ribbed with pearl flashabou.  The wingcase is Turkey tail but I have seen Pheasant tail used as well as Thinskin or Peacock herl.  Plus, you can use a little longer hook (say a Mustad 3906B) and tie these with a bead in front to add even more variations.  All in all, a very versatile fly to tie and fish.

Because I am in the Midwest, much of my fishing focuses on warmwater species.  The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Hear Nymph, especially a beadhead version, is very effective on panfish and Smallmouth.  It is not normally tied on larger hooks but a #6 or #8 beadhead drifted through pockets and currentseams has an amazing ability to catch fish in warm waters.  Something to keep in mind.

I published a video on YouTube on tying the Gold ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph and also wrote a step by step article here on Dressed Irons.  I recommend you watch the video and read the article before tying this fly, if you have never tied it before.

As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can.   Enjoy!

The next few flies I have planned are quicker and easier flies to tie (I promise).  We’ll take a break from the long flies.

Remember…..  It’s Fly tying…..  If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.

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