Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear- by Karsten Neben

featured, Fly Patterns, Step-by-Step Tutorials — By on February 22, 2011 10:30 am

Karsten Neben shows his version of a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymph. For extra weight a tungsten bead and lead underbody are added, both of which can be removed for a shallower fishing pattern. I first noticed Karsten’s pattern while browsing our fourms

Hook: Black Magic A10, or alternate medium to heavy wire nymph hook.
Weight: .020 Lead wire
Thread: UTC 140 Red (used for clarity/photo’s, match colour to natural you’re imitating)
Tail: Partridge, you can substitiute pheasant tail or coq de leon
Ribbing: Uni French Gold Oval Small
Abdomen and Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear Plus, colour Dk Hare’s ear (Thorax – pick out guard hairs)
Wingcase: Turkey Tail, you can also use pheasant tail.

Slide bead onto hook, wrap wire onto shank, counting turns for consistent weight. Break the wire off at either end and push it up into the bead to stop it moving.  Wrap a tapered thread dam behind the wire to lock it in place.

Wrap thread to tail tie in point, tie in tail fibres

Tie rib in

Wrap thread over the tail fibre butts and tag of the rib. Continue wrapping forward over the lead wraps to form a smooth underbody finishing at the tail tie in point.

Lightly dub the thread and wrap abdomen forward to the 60% mark on the hook shank.

Wind the ribbing forward in even spirals to the 60% mark of the hook and tie off

Tie in the wingcase material, slightly narrower in width than the hook gap. I like the shiny side of the feather pointing up so that the dull side of the feather is showing when pulled forward.

Dub the the thread. Take a few turns back towards the tail and over the wingcase. This will create a nice square wingcase when pulled forward.

Continue building the thorax, wrapping the dubbing noodle forward, ending right behind the bead.

Pull the wingcase forward over the thorax, tie in behind the bead and trim the stubs.

Apply head cement to thread, whip finish behind the bead

Pick out spiky guard hairs/dubbing in the thorax to make it look buggy and you’ve got yourself a fish catcher!

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  1. Jim Impara says:

    Looks really good. I tie the thorax with Ostrich herl, try it sometime. No need to pull out the loose dubbing to make it look buggy.

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  2. Zoran Radosavljevic says:

    Definitely fish catcher!
    Is there red thread used for better visibility of tying steps or for some other reason?

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  3. Dusty says:

    Its probably used as a ‘hot spot’ commonly found on czech nymphs

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  4. Rick says:

    In the materials list, the red thread is used for ”clarity/photo, use thread to match natural.
    A hot spot might not be a bad idea though.

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