Fly Tying: Hares Ear
March 14, 2012
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.
Tie the hen fibers in at the bend and wrap forward over the butt ends. Clip the excess hen fibers flush.
Tie in a piece of small gold wire and wrap back over it to the bend.
Dub a tapered abdomen with the Hare's Mask dubbing.
Spiral wrap the wire forward over the abdomen to the front and tie it off. Clip the excess wire.
Tie in a turkey tail slip on the front edge of the abdomen with the inside of the feather facing up.
Pull the turkey tail slip forward over the top of the thorax and tie it down behind the eye.
Build a smooth thread head, whip finish and clip the thread.
Pick out the dubbing in the thorax with a dubbing brush to simulate legs.
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
Fly Fisherman Foundational Forty: Fly Tying a Hares Ear