In this week’s “How to Tie” video feature, AvidMax gives us a tutorial on how to tie a true guide fly, the Euro Style Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear.
The hare’s ear nymph is one that all fly anglers should know and cherish. For many anglers including myself, this fly is one that carries confidence and almost always in my nymph rig. Now, this legendary fly has been modified through the addition of a jig hook, allowing it to ride hook point up and adopt a European style. The Euro Style Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear is a small redesign on a fly that has stood the test of time and should always be in your box.
This fly has a relatively simple design that is buggy and can be fished dead drifted, swung, and even stripped in at the end of a drift. The Euro Style Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear is as versatile as nymphs come. Its ability to be used in a multitude of rigs and potentially year-round make it a necessity on the river. Using red thread adds a hot spot on the collar of the fly, letting this primarily natural fly have some attractor style properties and productivity on those slower days.
The Euro Style Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear imitates the general buggy profile a wide variety of subsurface insects fit into. Partridge soft hackle creates a mottled look and movement in the fly even while simply being dead drifted, while the peacock herl thorax adds natural flash, creating the perfect all-purpose nymph. Confidence is a word that can be used when fishing the Euro Style Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear, and once you fish this fly it may never leave your rigs.
- Hook: C400 BL
- Thread: Veevus 10/0 Red
- Bead: Tungsten Slotted/Jig Gold
- Tail: Hare’s Mask Guard Hair
- Body: Hareline Hare’s Ear Dubbing
- Ribbing: French Oval Tinsel Medium Gold
- Thorax: Peacock Herl
- Soft Hackle: Partridge
Now you know how to tie the Euro Style Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear.
Video and ingredients courtesy of AvidMax.