In this video, Greg ties a simple Jigged Hare’s Ear European Style Nymph Pattern. Simple, yet proven again and again for trout species around the world.
He recommends tying it in sizes 12-18 with a 60° bend jig hook and a slotted tungsten bead in variations of brown, tan, and olive.
“Sensitivity is key while fishing Euro style nymphs with a nymphing rod.” Light rod tips and heavier flies allow the Euro fisherman to gain that sensitivity and feel the slightest grabs. Greg uses an Echo Shadow II 2100-4 with an Airflo European Nymph Fly Line and a Euro-Style leader setup while trout fishing. He uses a tungsten beaded fly for his terminal fly (bottom fly) and dropper (no weight or slightly weighted) off the tag end above the terminal fly. You could also drift these jig flies under an indicator, or a dry fly for a dry-dropper setup on rivers and lakes. “I would use these on many if not almost all still-water fisheries too,” Greg says.
Use of a Gamakatsu J20 jigged hook or something similar with a 60° hook-eye bend with a slotted-tungsten bead is key to these flies “nymphing” effectively. The hook faces upwards during your drift lessening your chances of snagging on the bottom and you want to fish these types of flies deep and often times near the bottom. Tungsten beads give you the weight necessary to get the fly in the zone as quickly as possible and the weight to feel it on your rod for ultimate sensitivity.
Jigged Hare’s Ear
Hook – Gamakatsu J20 # 10-16
Thread – Veevus 6/0 brown or similar
Hackle – UV Select CDC Dun
Tail – Pheasant Tail
Body – Whitlock SLF Medium Hare’s Ear
Rib – Brassie copper brown ultra wire
Wing case – Natural Pheasant Tail
Thorax/head – Whitlock SLF Dark Brown
Bead – Gold slotted tungsten 1/8 or 5/32