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Copper Rear Hares Ear (Soft Hackle) tied by letumgoFly Type: Nymphs
, General Freshwater
, Target Species: Steelhead
, Recommended Region: Northeast US
, Northwest US
, Southeast US
, Southwest US
, Central US
, Western Canada
, Eastern Canada
, Central Canada
, South America
, New Zealand
, General Europe
, Material List:
Hook - Mustad Model 3906 (Sizes 6, 8 & 10)
Thread - Tan UNI-Thread (6/0)
Tag - Two very tightly twisted strands of Copper Ultra Wire (Size Small) (it looks like a sparkly version of oval copper tinsel and add more weight)
Body - Dark Hares Ear Dubbing Brush
Hackle - Gray Hungarian Partridge
Tied in the order the materials are listed above (back to front).
This fly is super easy if you have a rotary vise.
1 - Mount your thread at the eye of the hook
2- Tie in the strand of twisted copper Ultra Wire and wind your thread back the the bend of the hook
3 - Make four very close wraps of the copper Ultra Wire to form the butt. Lay the remaining wire along the shank of the hook and clip it off about eye lenth behind the eye of the hook. The extra wire will add weight to the pattern so a beadhead may not be needed.
4- Wind the thread forward to the end of the copper wire (~1/8" from eye of hook)
5 - Tye in the Hares ear dubbing brush and wind it back to the front edge of the copper butt.
6 - If you have a rotary vice, lay the dubbing brush parallel along the tying thread and pinch them together. Rotate your vice and wind the thread and dubbing brush towards the eye of the hook. Tye off and clip the excess dubbing brush off. (Leave around 1/8" gap behind the eye to wind the hackle and form the head).
7 - Tie in a single Partridge feather by the stem, extending out over the eye of the hook. Wind the thread back to the front end of the body.
8 - Clasp the tip end of the Partridge in a pair of hackle pliers and wind back to the tying thread. Wind the thread forward to the eye of the hook. Carefully wiggle the thread back and forth while it is being wound. Wiggling the thread prevents the hackle fibers from being trapped and matted by the tying thread.
9 - Using your thumb and forefingers on you vice hand, pull the fibers backwards towards the body and form a neat thread head.
10 - Whip finish and clip off. Add a drop of head cement.
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