This Bead Head Flashback Hare’s Ear Nymph is a simple variation on the classic Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph. The addition of the flashback and the riddance of the shellback make this easy to tie nymph a perfect confidence fl. It is going to be one of the staple flies in my small stream trout box this spring.
For the dubbing, you can either use a premixed hare’s ear dubbing or clip your own from a mask. I’ve clipped mine from a mask and blended the fibers between two pet grooming tools to evenly distribute the underfur and guard hairs.
I’m using the Hedron Mirage Flashabou, but you can use any pearl flash you might have on hand. The Mirage is opal and pearl, giving an almost mirror finish on the back of this nymph.
BH Flashback Hare’s Ear Fly Pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad C49s #10-16
Bead: Gold tungsten or brass
Thread: Olive 8/0 (70d)
Tail: Red squirrel tail
Ribbing: Gold Ultrawire
Flashback: Mirage tinsel
Body: Tan hare dubbing
Thorax: Tan hare dubbing
We get a behind the scenes look into the operations at Whiting Farms. There is a lot involved in order to get those even long hackles that fly tyers covet. There is the breeding selection process that is needed in order to breed in or out desired traits. There is the tracking of eggs from the time they are laid until the time they are harvested. There is the incubation, sexing, feeding, and on and on. One thing I can say is that these birds are well taken care of.
Follow along with Cheech and Curtis as Dr. Tom gives them the details of what it takes to grow and maintain the best hackle on the market.
The Pink and Tan is a fly that reminds me of a time early in my fly fishing career when some of my fellow anglers took me to a secluded spot deep in the northern Alberta backcountry. We drove through foresty roads, more or less unmarked and abandoned. You may pass a truck every 20 miles or so, but they are few and far between. Our destination was a little trickle of glacier water brimming with grayling, whitefish, and the occasional bull trout. From that day, the Arctic grayling became one of my favorite fishes to catch on the fly. They are gems and look as though they belong in the tropics rather than the cooler climates they are often found in. I fished for grayling quite a bit in Alberta and have had days where I was able to catch so many I wasn’t able to keep count.
Pink is a great color for grayling, but I like to fish it somewhat subdued. While I have done well with glowing bright hot pink flies, the hint of pink feels right. I tie these on a jig hook like the Partridge SUJ barbless hook or a Mustad C49s in sizes 10 down to 18. You can vary the weight by using either brass or tungsten beads and with the amount of weight you choose to wrap around the shank.
Pink and Tan Grayling Bug Fly pattern recipe
Hook: Partridge SUJ #10-18
Bead: Hot pink tungsten or brass
Thread: Pink 6/0 (140d)
Tail: Pink Congo Hair
Ribbing: Gold Ultrawire
Body: Tan Laser Dubbing
Thorax: Golden brown Ice Dubbing