Published Feb 9. 2018 - 6 years ago
Updated or edited Feb 9. 2018

Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph

Check out the Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear (GRHE) in action in Mike's Elkhorn Creek Video -
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The Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph or GRHE is a staple fly for every angler's fly box. The simple nymph fly pattern can be tied a number of different ways using a mix of natural and synthetic materials.

A well-colored hare's mask is an asset for tying this fly pattern and the tail, body, and thorax can all be obtained from different parts of the mask. For the tail, the guard hair from the cheeks seems to work well. the underfur can be kept for tying the body. I like to have a lighter body color and a darker thorax. The shorter hair from the face is my choice for the thorax. This hair is rich in short spiky guard hairs and helps to give the fly the appearance of legs.

You can further accentuate the fly by using a reflective material in the shellback such as a little mirage mylar tinsel or pearl Flashabou.

Thanks to Mike for the additional footage and photos.

Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear fly pattern recipe
Hook: Mustad S82-3906B #10-18
Bead: Brass or Tungsten Gold
Thread: Rusty brown (70d)
Tail: Red squirrel or hare's mask guard hair
Rib: Gold tinsel (oval or fine flat)
Body: Light rabbit dubbing
Shellback: Scudback or Turkey or pheasant tail
Thorax: Dark rabbit dubbing (hare's mask)

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Music: The Creek - Topher Mohr and Alex Elena

Camera: Nikon CoolPix B700
Vise: Griffin Montana Mongoose

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