Thursday, January 3, 2013

Wiggle Hare's Ear Nymph SBS

Tied these up recently for a customer, and there was some interest in the fly when i posted it on a few forums, so here's the step by step.

Body: Senyos wiggle shank
Tail: clump of fur from hares mask
Body: Dubbed hares mask fur
Rib: UTC copper wire, small size
Thread: Black, brown or tan

Size 12 wet fly hook, here I used Kamasan B170. If you dont use a bead, select a heavy wire hook, like the Kamasan B175
Connection: Monofilament
Body: Hare's ear plus dubbing  mixed with fur from the hares mask
Wingcase: pheasant tail fibers
Legs: Partridge hackle
Copper bead optional

 1. Start with the shank in the vise and take the thread to about half way down

2. Tie in a clump of fur from a hares mask, including some stiffer guard hairs, with a couple loose open wraps, and trim the ends at an angle.

3. Tidy up the front part with close wraps

4. Take a length of the copper wire and secure in to the shank, winding all the way to the tail.
The wire should be under the shank at the tail.

5. Dub a body of fur from the mask, making it  slightly fatter at the front.

6. Wind your rib with 5 or 6 open wraps, secure it and form a neat head. This completes the wiggle tail part.

If you're gonna tie a bead head, use beads corresponding to the size hook. Here, 3mm beads for size 12 hooks.

 I used mono to attached the wiggle shank to the front hook. 

7. Put the bead on the hook, secure it in the vise and lay down a layer of thread.

8. Tie in one end of the mono on the far side of the hook.

9. Thread the loose end through the under side of the eye on the shank and secure the end to the near side of
the hook. 

10. Tie in 5 or 6 pheasant tail fibers for the wing case, and trip the ends at a angle as with the fur previously
11. secure them all the way to behind the bead

12. Take some Hares ear plus dubbing, here i used the 'hares ear' color in the upper right. 

13. Add to is some fur from the mask and blend it by pulling the fibers between your fingers.

14. You should end up with a nice blend. I used the 'plus' and mask fur because the HE+ dubbin in the color i selected was more grey than the mask fur. You can use a color of HE+ dubbin more like the color of your mask with out adding mask fur if you prefer to do it that way.
The HE+ dubbin adds a little sparkle to the thorax that is missing because of no rib.

15. Make dubbing noodle or loop and dub the thorax

16. Leave about one bead width behind the bead to tie in the hackle

17. Secure the hackle, with fibers about as long as the hook.

18. Fold back the tip and secure it, then trip off the excess. Doing the double tie in like this 
makes the connection stronger when wrapping the hackle.

19. Wind the hackle full, stroking back the fibers as you wind. You should get about 2-3 turns of the partridge hackle. 

20. Stroke down the hackles and bring the pheasant tail thorax forward and secure, then fold back the tips and secure those again, as with the hackle tip. Trim the excess

21.You should end up with something like this. I'm not too fond of the thread behind the bead...

22. So i dub a bit more of the fur just to tide up. Whip finish and add some cement to the underside whip finish knot. pick the fur over the thread if necessary. 

23. All thats left now, is to trim the shank. Stroke back the tail to the TOP SIDE of the shank and 
cut the excess off pretty close to the base. Be careful no to cut the thread wraps at the body.

Finished fly!

Hope you like it. An alternative it is use no bead and just finish with a thread head, or use a gold bead and gold wire for the rib on the wiggle part!

Get some tied up! I've used the copper version of the hares ear nymph without the wiggle part with great success on SE PA streams.


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