The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear

by Jonathan

The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear has been in use by the river fly fishers, in smaller sizes, for many years but without the gold bead head. In the early 1970s that renowned Rutland fly fisher, John Wadham, brought this fly back into prominence. He fished the reservoir with the fly in larger sizes with a gold bead head, gold lurex rib and the hair teased out to give a shaggy appearance. He was so successful that it became a firm favourite of the day and, unlike so many others, it is just as popular today. It is an excellent fly for trout, grayling and chub.

It is not a difficult fly to tie but you must ‘ rough up ‘ the body with your Velcro stick to make it look scruffy.


The Dressing 

  • Hook Wet fly sizes 10, 12, and 14.
  • Thread Brown
  • Head Gold bead or tungsten to suit hook size.
  • Tail Brown cock hackle fibres.
  • Body Hare/rabbit body fur. Natural possum fur.
  • Rib Gold oval medium or gold lurex. 


Happy Tying !!

David Cammiss


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