Most trout anglers have a few Hare’s Ear Nymphs in their fly boxes, but have you tried the dry-fly version? A classic parachute pattern that’s extremely productive, it’s particularly effective in slower to medium currents. The fly rides low in the water to give a natural profile to trout. Fish these dry flies during a hatch of mayflies and when trout are sipping duns from the surface.
In this week’s great video from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions, he walks you through the steps to create a Hare’s Ear Parachute, which combines the attractiveness of the famous nymph with the silhouette of the Adams Parachute dry fly. As usual, Tim has a few great tying tips that will help make the tying process easier and make you a more efficient tier. The way he creates the post keeps everything out of the way until the very end, when you snip the tip of the yarn to allow it to splay and fluff. Then the way he prepares and wraps the hackle takes a lot of the fumbling out of the task.
Hare’s Ear Parachute
Hook: Standard dry-fly hook (here a TMC 100), size 12.
Thread: Tan 8/0 or 70-denier.
Tails: Deer hair, cleaned and stacked.
Rib: Gold oval French tinsel, small.
Post: White polypropylene floating yarn.
Abdomen: Natural light hare’s mask dubbing.
Hackle: Grizzly saddle hackle.
Thorax: Natural light hare’s mask dubbing.
Adhesive: Head cement (here, Sally Hansen Hard-as-Nails).
Tools: Whip-finisher,hackle pliers.