The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear (GRHE) needs no introduction. For many anglers it is a staple in their nymph boxes. Here are some different variations.
Gold Ribbed Hare’s EarThe original. We added hen hackle fiber legs and used hen hackle for the tail. Still catches tons of fish….. Tail: Brown hen hackle Abdomen: Hare’s ear dubbing Rib: Gold wire Wing Case: Mottled hen or turkey wing slip Thorax: Hare’s ear dubbing, picked out Legs: Brown hen hackle fibers
Step 2: Measure the hen hackle fibers to be half the length of the hook shank. Tie in the tail and bring your thread to the wire.
Step 3: Tie in the copper wire behind the eye and bring the thread to the tail.
Step 4: Dub a spiky abdomen.
Step 5: Wind the rib forward and tie in the wingcase
Step 6: Dub the thorax.
Step 7: Tie in a clump of hen hackle fibers on the near side of the hook. Pull them forward so they extend just past the wingcase. Clip the excess. Repeat on the other side.
Step 8: Pull the wingcase forward and tie off. Clip the excess and build a neat thread head. Whip and clip. Go catch some fish!
Hare and CopperA popular New Zealand pattern. My go-to nymph. Tie this one very spiky. Hook: #8-18 nymph Bead: Copper Tail: Brown hen hackle fibers or pheasant tail fibers Rib: Gold copper wire Body: Hare’s Ear dubbing
Frost Bite Hare’s EarHook: #8-20 nymph Bead: Copper Tail: Brown hen hackle Abdomen: Hare’s ear dubbing Wing bud: Cream antron yarn Thorax: Gray UV Ice Dubbing
Hare’s Ear Soft HackleHook: #8-18 nymph Thread: Black Tail: Brown hen haclke Body: Hare’s ear dubbing Rib: Gold copper wire Wing: Brown hen quill Hackle: Brown hen