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The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Fishing Fly

The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Fishing Fly The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph (GRHE) is one of the staple flies I tie over the winter months. In the spring, this is a great producing fly for me. You can add some weighting to the fly, or add a gold bead head to help it get down deep. Tie lots of em.

Ingredients for this fly:
  • Mustad 3399 size 8 - 18
  • Pheasant tail
  • Gold wire
  • Tan hare's ear dubbing
  • Turkey wing
  • Brown hare's ear dubbing
  • 6/0 or 8/0 Uni-thread camel
Tie on the thread.

Tie on your thread, and run it to the bend of the hook. Tie in a about 8 pheasant tail fibers.

Dubbing The fly

Tie in a piece of gold wire. Wax your thread and apply a sparse amount of dubbing onto the thread. Using your fingers, twist the dubbing onto the thread. Wrap the dubbing to create a tapered body on the fly.

Tie in a hackle

Once you are happy with the taper of the body, wrap your wire in the opposite direction that the dubbing was applied. Tie off the wire, and trim it off.

Wrap the hackle

Tie in a small slip of turkey wing. This will be later pulled over the thorax to form the wing case of the nymph.

Stack and wrap

Take your brown dubbing, and dub the thorax rather heavily. The buggier the better. Once you have a fat thorax, pull over the wing case, and tie it down. trim the excess, and add a whip finished head to the fly.