Fly Tying: Hares Ear

Fly Tying: Hares Ear

Step 1

Start the thread and wrap a thread base back to the bend. Peel off a small clump of mottled hen saddle fibers and measure them against the shank so they are about ½ a shank length long.

Step 2

Tie the hen fibers in at the bend and wrap forward over the butt ends. Clip the excess hen fibers flush.

Step 3

Tie in a piece of small gold wire and wrap back over it to the bend.

Step 4

Dub a tapered abdomen with the Hare's Mask dubbing.

Step 5

Spiral wrap the wire forward over the abdomen to the front and tie it off. Clip the excess wire.

Step 6

Tie in a turkey tail slip on the front edge of the abdomen with the inside of the feather facing up.

Step 7

Dub the thorax.

Step 8

Pull the turkey tail slip forward over the top of the thorax and tie it down behind the eye.

Step 9

Build a smooth thread head, whip finish and clip the thread.

Step 10

Pick out the dubbing in the thorax with a dubbing brush to simulate legs.

Hares Ear

Recipe: Hook: TMC 5262 #8-18 Thread: Tan 6/0 or 8/0 Tail: Mottled Hen Saddle Fibers Rib: Small Gold Wire Abdomen: Hare's Mask Dubbing Wingcase: Turkey Tail Feather Slip Thorax: Hare's Mask Dubbing

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