This weeks fly is taken from the Fulling Mill Tactical River Range and is called the KJ hot ribbed hares ear.
A little bit about this fly – It’s a simple fly to tie and A “modern” take on the classic hares ear nymph, which might I add is still a widely used pattern used with confidence all over the world! With the added hot orange rib this variation of the hares ear stands out and looks super fishy! I know if I was a fish on the hunt I wouldn’t be able to resist this coming past! I use this fly when I’m targeting both trout and grayling, see the materials I’m using below and have a go and tie some up your self!
Hook – Fulling Mill Jig Force #16
Thread – Semperfli Waxed thread 12/0 black
Tail – Coq De Leon
Rib – Glo Brite no°5
Body – hares ear dubbing
Thorax – hares ear
Bead – Get Slotted Black Matt Slotted Tungsten Bead 3.0mm
Step 1 – place the bead on the hook and fix the hook in your vice.
Step 2 – start your thread off and secure the bead in place so it doesn’t move. trim away the waste piece of thread
Step 3 – take your thread down toward the bend of the hook and prepare your tail material. I tend to use 6-7 Coq De Leon fibres. The tail you want to aim it to be the same length as the hook. When you’re happy, trim away the waste pieces of coq de Leon.
Step 4 – take a length of Glo-Brite, here I’m using shade number 5, tie in and cover over any remaining pieces of tail and the rubbing materials.
Step 5 – take a pinch of hares ear and dub on to your thread. In this fly I’ve opted for fox squirrel to achieve a much more buggy effect to the fly.
Step 6 – dub all the way up to just behind the bead. Aiming for a slim but tapered body.
Step 7 – take the glo brite and take open even turns up to the bead. Tie off and trim away the waste piece.
Step 8 – take another pinch of hares ear or Fox squirrel, as I’m using in this fly. this is to make the thorax of the fly.
Step 9 – take wraps to make the thorax. Whip finish and add a dab of varnish to finish the fly off
Be sure to have a go and tie your self this pattern up for your fly box!
Recent fishing outings!
Over this last weekend I’ve had the opportunity to get out and tempt some of the local grayling to my net. On Saturday I ventured out quite early before the rain set in and was rewarded with some fine looking grayling.
Sunday saw a trip to a different stretch of water I dont fish much but I know holds some great fish and sport. The river was up a little compared to Saturday but still running quite clear.
Without a doubt the fly of the weekend was a red tag Jig on the point which the majority of the fish fell victim too! See some pics below!