Saturday, May 23, 2015

Paul's June 2015 Fly of the Month

Purple Hares Ear

Hook:  Nymph Hook of choice in sizes 8-18.
Tying thread:   Uni 6/0 or 8/0 in black.  (Optional “hot spot” in orange.)
Bead:  (Optional) Rainbow bead to match hook size.
Tail:   Hare’s mask guard hairs
Abdomen:  Blended Hare’s Ear dubbing.
Rib:   Purple Ultra wire.
Thorax:  Purple Laser Dub.
Wing Case: (Optional) Black thin skin.
I love to experiment when I tie flies and fly fish.  I’m a very streaky fly fisherman.  Sometimes my experiments pay big dividends.  Sometimes they fail badly.  It’s still all fun.  This is the second month in a row that I’m featuring a fly with purple in it.  Last month it was the Black & Purple Wet Fly.  This month it’s a nymph with purple in it.  Both worked well for me last year on the Housatonic and the Farmington.  This is tied just like a traditional Hare’s Ear.  More times than not I tie it without a wing case, especially when I’m tying it on a jig hook.   This pattern should be tied thin and buggy.  Brush the dubbing out with some Velcro.  I usually use a rainbow colored bead.  These beads have multi colored hues.  There is a lot of purple in them.  Although once difficult to find, more and more fly shops and catalogues have them.  Feel free also to weigh your nymphs if you desire.  Sometimes I tie this pattern with orange thread to create a hot spot just before the bead (as seen in the photo).  Experiment and see what works best for you.
If you have any questions about this fly or would like to submit a pattern of the month I can be reached at 203 305-3850 or e-mail me at .