Davie McPhail ties up this classic nymph pattern in his own unique style. This is a darker version than most seen in North America, but it has a pleasing appearance and I’m sure that trout will easily agree. I’d love to try out a bead head version using a black bead in place of the classic gold.
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
In addition to his vast online fly pattern database, Hans has also started putting together a library of fly tying video. This is his variation of the classic gold Ribbed Hare’s ear with less bling than what we are used to seeing in the fly shop bins. The pattern uses a weighted thorax and is dubbed using a technique called a Split Thread dubbing loop. It can be tricky at first, but with a good flat thread (Uni doesn’t work well here) it created an inline loop to spin your dubbing. It’s used several times in the video using a 12/0 Bennecchi thread. A UTC, or Marc Petitjean thread will aslo work quite well for the technique.
Hook: Partridge Barbless Ideal Nymph #10-16
Thread: Benecchi 12/0, tan
Weight: Lead wire, thorax only
Rib: Copper wire, fine
Tail: European hare face guard hair
Abdomen: European hare face hair – in split thread
Wing case: Peacock herl
Thorax: European hare ear hair – in split thread