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
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 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