Skip to main content

Tying the Hares Ear Nymph

A go-to nymph for nearly any trout-fishing situation.

Hares Ear

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

Hares Ear Video:

Hares Ear Step-by-Steps:

Tying Hare's Ear

Tying Hare's Ear Step 1 of 10

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.

Tying Hare's Ear Step 2 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 3 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 4 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 5 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 6 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 7 of 10

Dub the thorax.

Tying Hare's Ear Step 8 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 9 of 10

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

Tying Hare's Ear Step 10 of 10

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

Finished Hare's Ear

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Fly Fisherman Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Fly Fisherman App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Fly Fisherman stories delivered right to your inbox.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Fly Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now