Posts Tagged ‘Hare’s Ear Nymph

06
Apr
12

Bunnies Bonkers in New Zealand….Edgy Easter Visuals

Pest Control: Perhaps the wrong timing to some, given the Easter weekend (and the gentle way some view the dear Bunny) is here….but, the rabbit infestation in New Zealand continues. Accounts of the problem go back over a century plus… Recently (2009) a major study was released about the management of the rabbits.

“Rabbits and hares have become a major pest in NZ and Australia. The European rabbit was introduced to NZ around 1838 as game for sportsmen to hunt. Rabbit numbers quickly rose to plague proportions in Otago, Canterbury and Wairarapa by 1890. Ferrets, stoats, weasels and cats were introduced in an attempt to control the rabbits with disastrous effect on native bird life.

Hares can be distinguished from rabbits by their longer legs which can be seen clearly when running.

Breeding is a year round activity in NZ. A female rabbit can produce 25-40 young per year and young become sexually mature at 3-4 months. Rabbits eat grasses, clover, buds and seeds of many annuals. Rabbits compete with stock for grazing and often eat out the most palatable grass.” (more info)

Grading Rabbit skins...NZ 1930

Always an interesting series of events…man intro’s non-native species and messes up the balance…man attempts to correct the situation and messes it up further. Sometimes man seems to have gotten it alright as say with trout in far flung places (some might disagree). Now man will nuke the hell out of the rabbits and look to be the bad guy (does PETA exist in New Zealand?).

I recall living across from a golf course. Each late Spring/early Summer there would be a sudden release of bunnies into the confines of the golf course by idiots that bought an Easter bunny for the kids and then decided they needed to release the critters. And, each Summer the population would grow. And, joggers running around the golf course would dodge bunnies on the jogging path and golfers would nail bunnies on the course and more importantly bunnies would get nailed on the street trying to leave the golf course to get into my yard and mow down every piece of green vegetation I called flowers in my yard.

I recall the news media knocking on my front door asking about my concerns re the rabbit infestation in the neighborhood. Soon thereafter there were no more rabbits to be found anywhere on the golf course or in my yard. No…I have no idea why I wrote this post……… Oh, now I remember.

Leave it to man to adapt to such situations.............

While there seems to be a shortage of hackle, perhaps there is a ready supply of rabbit fur for new, innovative patterns or the old standbys that utilized hare and rabbit furs.

Hare's Ear Nymph (Bead Head) SwittersB

02
Dec
11

Fly Tying: Do You Still Need Me?

Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph by SwittersB. It was the go to nymph (well, coupled with the Pheasant Tail Nymph PTN) for a decade or more. There has been an explosion of creativity, innovation, experimentation at the vise the past decade. Has the Hare's Ear Nymph been lost from sight as a crawler/clinger nymph pattern? Whether the original tannish color or in green or black or brown, it is an excellent pattern.

12
Apr
11

Nymphing: Basics on Bugs

The Fly Fish Company puts out some nice basic video presentations for beginners………here is a Nymphing & Insects one worth watching.

Hare's Ear Nymph by SwittersB

18
Nov
09

Stubble in Trouble (The Respectfully Tucked Away Hare’s Ear Nymph)

The Hare’s Ear..The Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear…The Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear….so it progressed. And, did it progress right out of your fly box? Oh, some of you still have a spot for a few along with the must have Adams. But, in the quest for the new fix, I think perhaps, if not taken for granted like you know who, then you have perhaps opted for that new curvaceous  hook and some concoction that owes its worthiness to the original bristling gem…the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear.


The GRHE or the beaded version, became the nymph staple up until about eight or so years ago when boredom, innovation or anarchy set in and the Hare’s Ear became respectfully tucked away. No, you say. Well, perhaps not you, but the old dynamic duo of the GRHE and the PTN (Pheasant Tail Nymph) have been set aside in a 7 year itch sort of way….later to be appreciated. Oh, and don’t think just because you reflexively resort to a hare’s ear dubbed thorax you’re off the hook. This is a good pattern for the chunky, clinger mayfly nymphs. Don’t let it go the way of the Green Butt Skunk and Woolly Worm!!!

Tutorial (Tier initially uses pheasant tail fibers for tail….see how easy the classic is forsaken? Then note in the bead version the tail is hare’s ear tied in at the tail).

03
Jul
09

Hare’s Ear Nymph (3 Faces of a Rabbit)

Traditional Hare's Ear w/ Mylar Wingcase~G. Muncy
Traditional Hare’s Ear w/ Mylar Wingcase~G. Muncy
Hare's Ear Nymph (Basic Black)~G. Muncy
Hare’s Ear Nymph (Basic Black)~G. Muncy
Hare's Ear Nymph (Combo of Colors)~G. Muncy

Hare's Ear Nymph (Combo of Colors)~G. Muncy

Always a staple, The Hare’s Ear Nymph, nothing much changes that. Calculated for the chunky clinger/crawler nymph. Why not mix up the colors beyond basic tan. I tied the tan one with the flashy wingcase. Some have commented that a darker wingcase is in order. Both have merit and both work. 

Oh, this Oregon woman is doing everything in her power to thwart the Hare’s Ear Fly.

13
Feb
09

Hare’s Ear Nymph by Switters B (Bearded Hippie)

I tied this one in a more ‘impressionistic’ way (less exacting) for the stocky clinger/crawler nymphs that are rough on the edges and drink too many beers. Hare’s Mask was used in this instance rather than the pre-packaged hare’s ear dubbing. Consequently, it was a more aggressive pattern with guard hairs abounding. I have only tried these on freestone streams tumbling in and below riffles and rapids and have found them to be enticing morsels. This coming year, I want to remember (I don’t write lists, so we shall see if I do) to use this pattern while Czech Nymphing..up close and personal near an edge of a riffle or rapids. I only use the bead for weight and tie the pattern on a size 10 or 12 straight shank nymph hook. This is a classic Hare’s Ear pattern from the tail to the thorax….only from the mask.

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I have a mental block re certain patterns and the two that I am prejudice against are two of the simplest to tie and both are truly highly effective: Hare’s Ear Nymph and Pheasant Tail Nymph. There is no logical explanation…kind of like being against blonds with big gazaba’s… I mean why? Yet despite myself I fish this pattern and the PTN. It frigging works….they work! Re the tinsel. That is what the standard pattern calls for. I use it..yet I have never liked working with tinsel and would prefer gold wire. The reason is evident by my wraps..uneven and inconsistent. You decide.  The thorax can be much less spikey and comprised of dubbing and less guard hairs. I like it spikey…a road trip without shaving.     

Hippy Hare's Ear by G. Muncy

Hippy Hare's Ear by G. Muncy

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