Written by Ian Anderson
The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear is a nymph that has been around for as long as I can remember. It was actually one of the first trout nymphs I ever fished when introduced to the technique of nymphing. When I decided to tie this fly for Dressed Irons and do a video I began researching the fly to find out it’s origins and history. To my surprise, I hardly found anything on the history of the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear. I consulted a number of fishing and fly tying books I have on trout nymphs and most mentioned the fly but not much on it’s history. I did the proverbial “google” search and came up with lots of pages that explained the fly and how it was tied and what it might represent but no history. I even found a Wikipedia page on the “Hare’s Ear” but again, nothing really on the origins or the history. So, for now, I don’t have much about this fly from a past perspective other than my own past experiences. If anyone reading this know anything of the origins or the history of this fly, please leave a comment below and I will gladly update this page as well as my gray cells.
As I mentioned, I have used the fly for chasing trout for may years and the natural, olive and brown colors as well as those with bead heads have really never let me down. That is of course provided the trout are taking nymphs and not focused on something else. The fly is tied in such a was as to represent all sorts of aquatic insects. It can be a mayfly, a caddis, a scud or sowbug, or just about anything that creeps along the bottom of the river. Tied with just fur from a Hare’s mask (from a face of a rabbit), a rib and a wingcase, the colors of the fur and rib can be changed up to help the fly represent the particular insects you have in your waters. Not to mention adding a bead on the front (and of different colors) to aide in the deception. From a fly tiers perspective, it is a simple fly to tie utilizing many basic fly tying skills and does not take long at all to tie. The average fly tier can have a dozen of these tied up in no time. Spend a few hours at the vise and you have enough to get your through an entire season.
I have detailed step by step instructions below for tying the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph. In some regards the high resolution images might help answer questions as to how to tie this fly. I also have a detailed video on the tying of the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph (see below). I recommend you watch the video first and refer back to it because there is some information that is in the video that is not included in this article. At the same time, there is some information included in this article that is not in the video. Just remember, it is fly tying, it is supposed to be fun and learning new flies and techniques, while confusing as you are learning, can be quite fun and rewarding.
If you have any questions about the article or the video, do not hesitate to leave me a comment here or on YouTube (the video) and I will be glad to help clear anything up.
|Mustad 3906, #10 – #18 (Standard Nymph Hook)
|Wapsi UTC Ultra Thread 70 Denier, Brown
|Danville Oval Tinsel, Gold, size 14 for #10 & #12 hooks and Size 18 for #14 – #18 hooks
|Light Hare’s Mask underfur
|Darker Hare’s mask fur with guard hairs and underfur mixed.
If you prefer, there is a video on tying this fly. I recommend you watch the video even if you prefer the step-by-step directions as the video can clarify some of the steps.
Feel free to leave a comment or question below. If you would like, you can purchase some Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs here (while supplies last).
Always Remember…It’s Fly Tying… If You’re Not Having Fun, You’re Doin’ it Wrong!