Flashback Hares Ear

fb hares earThe Flashback Hares Ear is my go-to dropper for most stillwater situations, I have a hard time finding another nymph in my boxes that is as consistient a producer as this fly.

 

Its a simple tie, and very effective. I don't tie it exactly to tradition opting to omit certain items to speed up the tying process as I go through a lot of these flies.

 

I hope you have as much success with this pattern as I do.

Materials List
Hook: Size 12-18 Wet
Thread: Brown
Weight: Few turns of lead, Bead or Weightless
Tail: Hares Mask Guard Hairs
Body: Tan Hare dubbing
Thorax: Tan Hare dubbing
Wingcase: Pearl Flash

 

Tying Instructions
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fb hares ear01
Start by wrapping lead if you plan to weight them, if not, just start your thread and run a thread base to the tail tie in point. (you can also tie these with a bead, but I like them more traditional thread head myself)

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fb hares ear02
Clip a small clump of guard hairs from your hares mask, and tie them in for the tail.

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fb hares ear03
Dub forward to just ahead of the midpoint on the hook creating a nice taper.

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fb hares ear04
Tie in your Flash.
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fb hares ear05
Dub a nice thick thorax to the eye.

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Fold the flash over the thorax to form the wingcase and secure behind the eye tightly. Create a nice thread head and whip finish the fly.

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fb hares ear
A little head cement and you've got a quick tie that just produces well. The traditional pattern also calls for gold wire rib which I usually omit to shorten the tie a bit, but you can add it back in if you desire.

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