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How to Tie a Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymph

Producer: Tim Flagler  |  Tightline Productions

In crafting this Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Flagler uses a 3X Long Dai-Riki #285 size 14 nymph hook and a 7/64-inch gold bead for weight.  Among the many good tips in this video, he shows how to use a bit of velcro to rough up the body and make the fly’s guard hairs stand out.

“Using different colors of pheasant tail, rabbit fur dubbing and hare’s mask guard hairs, you can create different-colored flies to more closely resemble the naturals,” notes Flagler.

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  • Tim: I always look forward to your videos – in addition to being very well done, both from a video and audio standpoint, they are no longer than they need to be. Additionally, although some of the patterns are ones I will probably not use, I always pick up a tip or two – or more – on materials, thread work, wrapping techniques – and so much more. They have made me a better tier.

    • Tightline

      Thanks Andrew, glad you like the videos. If there is ever a pattern or a technique you’d like to see, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do. Happy tying.

  • BH206L3

    My fly box is well supplied with Hare’s Ear Nymphs, I fish them from size 10 on down to an 18 . Some weighted some not. I catch trout on them all year long. When nothing is happening I use it as a searching pattern. I taken some of my biggest trout this way.

  • Svartdyrk

    Another awesome Pattern from Your Bench how every time. Easy to tie, fantastic movie and described in detail. Simply perfect. Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tails are my Favourite Nymph Patterns in my Boy Thank You for the great Tying Clips again and again!!

    With Best Regards from Germany

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  • A joy to watch. This is the benchmark of fly tying and tying video

  • BH206L3

    My all-time favorite Nymph, I tie them with pheasant tail for tails and wing cases, I tie them with peacock herl for a wing case, weighted unweighted, I tie them soft hackle style. And I even tie it as a dry fly with deer hair hay stack or elk hair caddis- I fish them from size 8 down to size 18. Over the last 40 years, my journals tell me that out side of wooly buggers, its the most effective fly I fish, Any fly fisherman, with a selection on Hare’s Ears, some Wooly buggers, an Adams and elk hair caddis in a few sizes will be able to catch fish pretty much any where anytime. As I get older, I am more inclined to carry a lot less than I did in my youth.

  • Stan Reynolds

    Tim, would like to see a BWO video showing technique and supplies