Hare’s Ear Nymph – Beadhead

History of the Hare’s Ear Trout Fly

The Hare’s Ear Trout Fly is one of the most common flies used for catching trout. While this pattern has become a popular choice among many trout fishers, its origins and history remain unclear. Although some suspect that this fly originated from the British Isles, the first known mention of Hare’s Ear Fur being used as a fishing fly comes from an instruction guide published in 1676 by Charles Cotton. Another mention was made in 1746, when Richard Bowlker used Hare’s Ear Fur when he designed the Brown Fly and the Granam Fly. There were countless other early versions of this fly that made appearances in numerous texts between the 1700s and the 1900s. It was in the 1951 that a publication that information on the Hare’s Ear Nymph was officially published in writing under the Fishing Flies and Fly Tying manual written by William F. Blades.

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More about the Hare’s Ear Nymph

These days, the Hare’s Ear Trout fly has become a common nymph for catching trout. The Hare’s Ear Trout fly is used below the surface, thus categorizing it as a wet fly or a nymph. The name comes from the material used on the fly, which are soft hair and stiff bristles from hares. In modern days, these materials are much easier to acquire as countless stores and retailers provide consumers with numerous furs dyed in a multitude of colors. These main materials are wrapped around the hook shank and secured with gold wire. Some fly tiers can opt to add a bead head to add stability to the entire nymph once cast into the water. A pheasant feather is commonly used as a tail. Through the years, there have been countless variations of the Hare’s Ear Trout fly.
The Hare’s Ear Fly is a reliable fly for those who want to experience a rewarding and fruitful trout fishing. Whether they follow the original pattern, or stick to a more contemporary variation, the Hare’s Ear Trout Fly offers a remarkable success rate in the realm of trout fishing and proves to be an invaluable addition to any fly fisher’s equipment.

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12, 14, 16, 18