Flash Back Hare’s Ear Nymph—Olive
Hook: TMC 3761 10-18
Bead: Gold Cyclops
Thread: Veevus 16/0 Olive
Tail: Olive Hare’ Ear Mask
Rib: Gold Ultra Wire
Abdomen: Hareline’s Olive Hare’s Ear Dubbin #34
Wing case: Hareline Flashback Sheeting
Thorax: Hareline’s Olive Hare’s Ear Dubbin #34
Wing case finish: Clear Cure Goo Thin, then CCG Hydro.
The Hare’s Ear Nymph is truly one of the quintessential flies of fly-fishing. A fly that has saved so many trips for me over the years that I don’t leave home without it. The history of the fly seems a bit clouded, but we know that the fly dates back to at least the 1880’s and possibly beyond.
The fly has been credited to a Victorian tyer, Mr. James Ogden many times, but there are many other references that credit or question the originator. I still carry many of the old standard Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear Nymphs in my box, but why not give the classic Hare’s Ear a little “face lift”?
Hareline’s Flash Back Sheeting seemed to be the place to start. I added a little Clear Cure Goo to bring the sheeting to life…and protect the wing case from those pesky trout teeth. There are many old patterns out there that can be “tweaked”, to meet the demands of your fishing conditions.
We truly are in the “Golden Age of Fly Tying”, with so many new materials to make your offering more enticing!
Disclaimer: This was to be the test run for the next batch of videos, and it’s a little rough.