[Video] Hare’s Ear Nymph by Davie McPhail

Fly Tying Video by Davie McPhail

The classic Hare’s Ear nymph is one of the most versatile trout fly patterns ever created in that can it represent a wide variety of aquatic insects including mayfly nymphs, caddis larvae, stonefly nymphs and even cranefly larvae.

Hare’s Ear Nymph Material List

Hook: TMC 3761, size 12-20
Thread: Uni-Thread, 8/0 Rusty brown
Underbody: Flat lead tape
Body: Hare’s Fur (cheek area of Hare’s mask)
Wing Case & Legs: Pheasant Tail Feather
Tail: Hare’s Guard Hairs (between eyes of a Hare’s mask)
Ribbing: Flat Tinsel, Gold

Enjoy!

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luivalla says

hola siempre me ha gustado la pesca de rio con mosca y aun no he podido practicarla,aqui en barcelona no hay mucho donde hacerlo,saludos y suerte amigo

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tzzzz20 says

@WEESTRAWZ
Whatt an amazing tie. You are definitley the one to watch when learning.

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Dorian,

The three main sizes I use are 3mm, 2.5mm and 2mm beads, these will fit easy on a size 10, 12 and 14 respectively both on a straight and curved hook..

All the best Davie

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criticman1912 says

hello..
you said that along with or in place of using lead wire to weight the fly i could use a bead. I was just wondering what size of a bead or head that i should use? Thanks for the videos , their a great help !!

From: Dorian

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JakeRaytheRounder says

Hello Davie, Yet another Great pattern! Thank you for all the inspiration!!
Best wishes
Your friend from Southern Oregon- Jake

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mrflyfishingak says

hi davie
i think you are probably the best fly tyier i have ever seen do you tie commercaly because all your flys are amazing espeicaly your speys
all the best ,adam

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Asys1985 says

I have just started with fly fishing and watched some of your videos. Thanks to you I will soon start fly tying myself. Looks so harmonic to tie your own flies and gives you something to do in the winter when you cant fly fish.
Big creds to you that you take time making videos like this to other people out there to learn.

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zoeycat77 says

I’ve been watching your videos for the past year now. I’ve gone to classes from Beginner to Advanced. I’m extremely impressed by your tying abilities. I’ve tried to use the techniques you utilize and it has made me a much better fly tyer. Thank you. I hope that you continue to show us more of your work.

Michael

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petewon says

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petewon
26 seconds ago

Cheers Davie, I spoke to my mate (kev) and he said it was the Bunny Hares Ear.

He reckons he got 5 off you about 6 years ago, lost one and is scared to use the rest lol.

Thanks very much for the tying, I’ll get on it.

Cheers.

Pete.

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi petewon,

I tye one or two patterns like this but it sounds like the small Bunny.The Dressing is Hook, Kamazan B175
Thread, Fire Orange Uni-Thread 8/0
Tail, Rabbit Body Hair tyed in a small Bunch, best to stack it especially for competition sizes.
Rib, Silver wire
Sides, Large UTC Mirage Tinsel up both sides
Body, Natural Rabbit put on heavy to form a minnow shape and once you bring the mirage tinsel up velcro it out top and bottom.
Cheeks J.C,
I hope this is the one..

Davie

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petewon says

Hi Davie, I was looking through a friends fly box a while back and he has some hares ears tied by you. As far as I remember they had mirage down each side and off the top of my head JC cheeks. Just wondering if you know what the pettern is called? Any chance of the recipe 😉

Cheers

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi sem1ot1c,

The vise I use is a Law, designed and made by a gentleman called Lawrance Waldron here in the U.K..

All the best Davie

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sem1ot1c says

what is the vice you are using in these videos? The jaws seem much better than most

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi kanerfc1,

I use this fly with and without weight as like you said it’s one of the best flies…

All the best Davie

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kanerfc1 says

one of the best flys you get.
do you nees 2 add anything for weight?

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi NiNj4k0S,

It’s a sticky back lead foil which I prefer to the lead wire..

All the best Davie

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NiNj4k0S says

Hey Davie! What’s the material you use in the beggining? 0:28

Thank you!

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Goodison555 says

great job. thanks!

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DavieMcPhail says

@WEESTRAWZ
The hare’s ear nymph is a very good fly for the beginning of the season and as well throughout the year in all sizes..I would fish this fly anywhere on my cast…

All the best Davie

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WEESTRAWZ says

Hi Davie,
Sorry forgot to add this in my last post. How would you fish this fly? From a Top Dropper or by its self?
Thanks
~david

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WEESTRAWZ says

very, VERY nice fly.
Would trout early in the season take this fly?
Thanks
~david

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pferdflecker says

Truly impressive tying job.

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Mcianq07,

I would dye the peacock just as I did in the video with the strung hackles I find they take the dye o.k. but .I have never bleached anything before so I wouldn’t know how to do this.

All the best Davie

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Mcianq07 says

David it seems to me you are very good at this. Would you pleaseeeeee explaing how to dye peacock feathers. Actually I like to bleach them to Ivory color…How to do that.

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TotallyFlyTying says

Hi Davie,
I’m just using the Green Highlander dye from Veniard. Also its the Artic Fox that im dying that is already coloured, probably taken out the bath too soon. Im pleased to say that my experimental cape came out perfect! Thank you!
Best Regards,
~David

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi David,

With a mix of colour like you have in this cape I would find it hard to get a good colour from it but if this was all I had then I would dye it blue then add yellow to the dye and you may be lucky and get a nice green highlander..

Good luck..

All the best Davie

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TotallyFlyTying says

Hi Davie,
They are a very weak green with a blue tinge. Very much like a weak turqoise.
~David

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi David,

What colour are the feathers as green comes from yellow and blue…

Davie

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TotallyFlyTying says

Cheers Davie!
I’ll give that a go. One thing, i bought Artic Fox dyed Green highlander but its more of a bluish green. Looks nothing like the one in your video of the Highlander, can you dye feathers like this that are already dyed? I’ve got it steeping in Fairy Liquid at the moment and ill go ahead with the dying if you say it would be ok.
Best Regards and thank you!
~David

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi David,

I wouldn’t be allowed to keep the gas on for days either…just do everything in the video I did then keep the hair in the pot with the dye and set it aside until the dye sets but just keep checking the hair until you’re happy with the colour………:-)))) and as I said you may have to keep it in the dye for a wee while..

All the best Davie

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TotallyFlyTying says

Davie,
Im currently Dying an old rubbish white cape Highlander Green but it seems to have got to a point then stopped colouring. I washed them in a Washing Powder and used brown vinigar, does this make a difference? Im scared to move onto the Artic Runner fur that i want to dye later as im using the cape as an experiment.
I noticed that you said it may take DAYS?!?
I’ve got no chance of being allowed to keep the gas cooker on for days!
Can you offer any assistance?
Thanks,
~David

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bkee2804 says

@DavieMcPhail Thanks Davie Happy New Year to You

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Chance,

The Strung Hackles are ideal for practising on and they’re cheap, I do like to dye an odd bit of hair and especially capes as I do tye a lot of patterns which need a brighter colour. By dying your own materials it will give you a colour that you may not be able to buy so you can experiment and even come up with a new fly…

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..

All the best Davie

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txflytier says

Hi Davie

Great video I was wondering how to do it. I will have to get some dies and try it out. On some cheap feathers first and then work my way up to the better feathers.

Do you dy all your feathers and hair?

Thanks for the Great Videos
Chance

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi bkee2804,

Follow the dying process as above but first add Kingfisher Blue then add a Yellow which will give you a nice Green Highlander…If you are dying hair you have to keep the hair soaking in the dye until you get the colour you want, some take longer than others, which can be a couple of days just keep checking it, you’ve just just got to be patient but feathers are easy..

All the best Davie

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bkee2804 says

Great video Davie you are an inspiration. What mixed would you use for green highlander

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Alec,

If it doesn’t taste good it will certainly look colourful…Merry Christmas….

All the best Davie

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Ayrtraveller says

bet you make a mean pot of soup pal…. have a great christmas

Alec

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DavieMcPhail says

Hi Jim,

After I’ve dyed a cape and rinsed it I take as much water out of it as I can by using old towels, then I staple the cape to heavy card, it’s the card they use in picture frames, this will help to keep it flat, you can also blow dry the feathers to speed up the process. The other thing I do is that I put weights on top of the cape which will press it flat…Hair I allow it to dry natuarlly but I use a dog comb to brush the hair which takes out the curls..

All the best Davie

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jimthetelemech1977 says

Davie,
If I’m going to dye whole capes or hairs and furs on the skin would you lay them out on some kitchen roll and allow them to dry naturally or just get in about them with the wife’s hairdryer and hope she doesn’t kill me when she finds out?

tight lines bud,

Jim.

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