5 GRHE's

I can’t think of a more fitting fly to represent the gold rings than the Gold Ribbed hare’s Ear Nymph or GRHE for short. I remember years ago when I had just started fishing, I made my way out to a small stocked trout pond and was wailing away, frothing up the water. An older gentleman was fishing just down from me a couple hundred feet. I watched as he reeled in fish after fish, and must have changed my fly 5 or six times with no luck. After an hour or so of nothing, the gentleman walked over and gave me a few pointers on casting, position and offered a particularly well tied GRHE. I thanked him graciously and tied on the nymph. 4 casts later, I got my first hint that there were actually fish in the water I was targeting. Soon after that, I snagged the fly and lost it on a tree during a back cast. Later that night, I took out my tying table and tried to replicate the gifted fly. It was actually pretty simple to tie, and within an hour I had enough tied up to give the pond another shot.

The next day proved to be the ticket. During the day I managed to stay away from the trees and ended up with a few nice grip and grin shots of some stocked rainbows.  

On the fifth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
5 Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph
Hook: Mustad 3906b 10-18
Thread: Black or Brown
Tail: Guard hair from hare’s mask
Ribbing: Fine gold wire or tinsel
Body: Tan fur from hare’s mask
Wing case: Pheasant tail fibres or mottled dark turkey feathers
Thorax: hare’s mask


4 Baby Buggers

Woolly buggers are found in about a million different configurations and likely are the most used and tied fly today. Baby Buggers are another incarnation of the traditional bugger, using some modified material choices and smaller hooks. I’ve seen them tied down to size 22, but really, sizes 12-16 should be considered micro / baby bugger territory. While this pattern has nothing to do with calling birds, we’re using hen again. Just imagine the hen calling out to the tyer. lol

On the fourth day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
4 Baby Buggers
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

Niclas Runarsson recently created this step by step baby bugger tutorial. He has some great photography in the article and easy to follow instructions. Click here for the tutorial.

baby Wooly Bugger

Baby Bugger Recipe
Hook: Wet fly (2X long) or streamer, size #12-16
Weight: Brass bead and/or thin lead wire (alt. copper wire)
Thread: 8/0, black
Tail: Underfur from zonker strip, black
Body: Dubbing of choice, black
Hackle: Hen, black



3 PE(I) Flies

The PEI fly or Prince Edward as it was originally know uses red ibis in the wing, but because Red Ibis is not a readily accessible material, hen saddle makes a good substitute. Now, I’m not using French Hens, but actually I use the Chinese Hen. They have a beautiful shape to the feather, and sit nicely on top of the hook shank for this application. The name of the fly is a bit confusing, while some texts refer to the fly simply as the PE Fly, it is also seen as the PEI fly in others.

On the third day of Christmas my Ghillie tied for me
3 PEI Flies,
2 Blae and Black
And a soft hackle Partridge and Orange

P.E.I. Fly Pattern Recipe
Hook: Mustad 3399 or Tiemco 700 (blind hook with gut eye may also be used)
Thread: UNI-Thread 6/0 Red
Tag: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Body: Light Yellow Floss
Rib: Silver Mylar Tinsel
Beard: Brown Neck Hackle
Wing: Red Ibis or Red Chinese Hen Saddle


Here is the fly featured on the 2005 Canadian stamp series. The fly was tied by Newfoundland’s Rob Solo.


I also created a little step by step tutorial of this fly. Click here to view the SBS of the PEI Fly


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