Filling The Flybox #12

wlaa Wed, 03/23/2016 - 15:20

The last fly into the box this year is the hare's ear which has more variations than perhaps any other fly. I like that I can use up odds and ends of materials in this pattern and still call it a hare's ear, it doesn't really have to stick to the traditional materials. I've tied this fly for years with hackle fibres for the tail because I don't keep masks in my material cabinet, I'm also not bothered which hackles I use and if none are available in a half used state I'll just tie the fly without a tail. Also the thorax cover can be anything from pheasant tail to tinsel and everything in between, if nothing is lying about you can even do some loops of tying thread, enough to create something akin to floss. As long as the rib is gold and the dubbing is hare you're pretty much good to go.

The fly in the video has hen pheasant wing feather for the tail and cock pheasant tail for the thorax cover, once I ran out of hen feathers I just tied in the tail fibres using them as both the tail and thorax cover. I'm sure most of you will have seen many flies called GRHE that look nothing like this one and even less like the original pattern, they all catch fish!

Hare's Ear from dougie hall on Vimeo.