The Hare’s Ear Nymph is a proven winner.

The Hare’s Ear Nymph is an absolute workhorse of a fly and a staple in my fly box. It’s a pattern that imitates a variety of aquatic life, including scuds, sow bugs, mayfly nymphs, and caddis larvae. That means it’s versatile, which is a great reason to have it in your box.

There are hundreds of variations of this pattern, and many choose to tie it rather traditionally. You can do that, but don’t be afraid to change it up a bit.

And, like you’ll see in the video below from McFly Angler, I also like to tie mine with pheasant tail. This makes it easier to tie and the fish rarely seem to mind based on the unscientific data that I’ve been able to gather. Sizes 12-16 always work well, just make sure your proportions are correct.

A few notes:

  • The UV finish is not required but it is highly recommended. Pheasant tail is not very durable, so the UV coating adds quite a bit of durability to this fly.
  • You can tie these weighted and unweighted. I tend to tie them weighted with 5-6 wraps of 0.15 lead wire right in the thorax region.
  • Brushing out the dubbing on the thorax (under the UV coating) gives this fly really nice movement in the water.
  • For the ribbing: Play around with wire, monofilament, hollow tensile and flash to get some really interesting segmentation.


That’s it! Tie this pattern up if you’re not already and give it a try. It’s one of my favorite patterns and it catches fish.