June 1 Fly of the Month- Hare's Ear

June 2017 Fly of the Month to be demonstrated by John Hadley is the Hare’s Ear.
This is an old classic nymph pattern that represents a number of mayfly, stonefly, or caddis nymphs depending on the colors used and many variations using synthetic materials for flash. It should be in everyone’s fly box.
Originator: Unknown.
Techniques to be learned:
 Attaching a bead head
 Selecting and preparing guard hairs for the tail from a hare’s mask and attaching the tail to the hook
 Attaching ribbing: wire or tinsel
 Selecting the abdomen dubbing from a hare’s mask, removing guard hairs, twisting dubbing onto the thread and winding dubbing onto the shaft of the hook
 Wrapping wire ribbing around the abdomen.
 Cutting and attaching a mottled turkey feather wing case
 Selecting the thorax dubbing, darker hair from the Hare’s mask, leaving in guard hairs to represent legs, twisting onto thread and wrapping dubbing around the hook shank
 Tying down the wing case and whip finish the head in no bead or tying off thread behind the bead with two half hitches

Hook: TMC 3761 #12-20, or any 1x or 2x long hook
Thread: Black, Tan, or Red, 6/0, or 8/0
Rib: Gold oval or flat tinsel; or gold or copper wire
Weight: Optional Gold or Copper Bead Head and/or lead
Tail: Hare's Ear Guard Hairs from base of ears, save light color under fur for dubbing; optional pheasant tail or mallard flank feather barbs.
Abdomen: Hare's Ear Dubbing, light color from Hare’s mask or use light Hareline dubbing
Thorax: Hare's Ear Dubbing, dark color from Hare’s mask with some guard hairs or use dark Hareline dubbing
Wingcase: Mottled Turkey Feather, coated with sealant, or head cement
Pluck out dubbing with a Dubbing Brush or Picker to make the nymph look “buggy”; especially the thorax to make legs and sides of the abdomen for gills.

Fishing Techniques: with or without an indicator, weight about 6” above the nymph; length of leader, between indicator and weight, should match the water depth or if in a strong current a little greater than the depth. Cast up or across moving water to a likely spot far enough above the target area to allow the nymph to sink to the bottom. Keep a tight line, especially if you are not using an indicator. For still water cast, let sink to near the bottom then slowly strip in line so that the fly imitates a rising nymph. Stop when the nymph is near the surface and let the fly sink again; repeat until you have covered the likely holding or feeding spot.
This fly is effective for trout, pan fish, and bass. Tight-Lines!