View Full Version : Tying Challenge: Week 2

David Knapp
06-25-2012, 11:19 AM
Hopefully this week we can get more people involved and perhaps some beginning fly tiers. The fly for this week is an old standby that everyone should have in their box and be fishing if they are in the Smokies, the Gold-ribbed Hares Ear nymph and variations of that pattern. Be creative, try something new with this pattern, or if you are a beginner tier, focus on proportion and show us what you've got. Lots of room for creativity here so have fun!

06-25-2012, 05:52 PM
somebody pick a number between 20 and 50.............thank you

David Knapp
06-25-2012, 06:45 PM
How about all of them? :rolleyes: Looking forward to seeing lots of interesting flies! Oh, and I'll say 32... :biggrin:

06-25-2012, 07:05 PM
Ok lets get this thing going ..........here goes the rabbit bug size 16

hook: 16
thread: 8/0 rust
tail: hare guard hairs
rib: gold wire
body: bull frawg dubbing
shell back: turkey tail fibers
thorax: underfur hares foot in dubbing loop
legs: centipede legs


David Knapp
06-25-2012, 10:15 PM
I like the rubber legs. I have never tied them that way but was wondering if anyone would try that...very nice!

06-26-2012, 07:17 AM
Take a look at this pattern. Have caught lots of fish with it.


06-26-2012, 08:40 AM
Hook: Dai Riki 730 #12
Weight: .025 wire
Thread: Orvis 8/0 dun
Tail: Deer Body
Rib: 22ga gold wire
Body/Thorax: Custom Dubbing Blends
Shellback: Turkey Tail
Legs: Partridge


06-26-2012, 02:26 PM
These are all really cool. It would be nice if each fly pic also included a list of the materials used...

06-27-2012, 08:42 PM
come on people ....David has a good idea here to share some ideas and help the new thread spinners to learn a trick or two.Lets show a little support for a good idea . Be safe

David Knapp
06-29-2012, 06:34 PM
Here are a couple of flies I tied up for this weeks theme. The first I will call the Lynn Camp Hare's Ear. Before that stream was closed, this variant of the GRHE was my go to nymph. It has given me some great days on upper LR as well. Only real difference from a standard GRHE is the light colored mallard back...

Hook: #16 TMC 3761
Thread: Tan 8/0
Tail: Hare guard hairs
Rib: Medium gold oval tinsel
Body: Hare's mask dubbing
Wing case: Mallard flank feather, natural white
Thorax: Hare's mask dubbing


Here's an experiment I just tied up. I love soft hackles and was thinking about different ways to do one with a bead head. Here's what happened...

Hook: #14 TMC 2487
Bead: 7/64 Bronze
Thread: Tan 8/0
Tail: Hare guard hairs
Rib: Krystal flash, color to suit
Body: Hare's mask dubbing (include a little in front of the bead
Hackle: Partridge


06-30-2012, 08:10 AM
Hook: Sabre 7020 #14
Tail: squirrel tail
Weight: 0.015 lead free wire
Body: Dark Hare's Ear Dubbing
Rib: Gold tinsel
Thread: Burnt orange 6/0
Wing case and legs: Pheasant tail


06-30-2012, 08:09 PM
Finally had time to tie a few up. Last trip myself, my son, and a friend of his destroyed just about all of my hare's ear nymphs. So this actually worked out good. I needed to refill the box. I fish 2 or 3 variations but these 2 flies are the ones I fish about 90% of the time when the situation calls for a hare's ear.

Hare's ear with a soft hackle collar.
Hook: TMC 3671
Thead: Rust brown 8/0 Uni
Tail: Brown partridge fibers
Body: Natural Hare's mask
Bead: To fit hook
Soft Hackle collar: Brown Partridge

Standard pattern.
Hook: 5262
Thread: Black
Tail: Hare's Mask guard hairs. Remove underfur before tying in.
Wing Pads: Black Thin Skin. More and more I tie my wing pads with a dark material. When Mayflies are getting ready to hatch their wing pad darken.
Body: Natural Hare's Mask( I like to use real hair from a Hare's mask rather than pre packaged dubbing. Cut the hair as close to the skin as you can from between the eye and down the nose. Mix the dubbing and guard hairs together)
Thorax: Guard hairs and underfur mixed and picked out.
Rib: Oval gold tinsel

07-01-2012, 08:38 PM
ok.....so I havent tied in a while and figured no better time than now! So here is a modest attempt:


07-02-2012, 07:11 AM
Here is a pattern I found on the WWW a few months back. I cannot remember the tyer or the website. It is an inverse pattern and quite different. I believe it is supposed to mimic an emerging sulphur.

David Knapp
07-02-2012, 11:14 AM

That is a buggy looking fly. Do you happen to have a recipe for it?


David Knapp
07-02-2012, 11:17 AM
Thanks to everyone who participated this week!!! Lots of good looking bugs and some new ideas to try out. I'll post another fly here in a couple of minutes. Keep up the good work and those who have not participated yet, try to jump in and improve those tying skills!

07-03-2012, 06:37 AM

That is a buggy looking fly. Do you happen to have a recipe for it?

Sorry David, I do not have a recipe. I made a few copies that I thought looked similar. I believe you could play around with it and get close.:smile: