Hare's Ear

This article is about the fishing fly. For the fungus, see Otidea onotica. For the plant, see Bupleurum.
Hare's Ear
Artificial fly

Gold ribbed hare's ear
Type Nymph
Imitates Mayfly larvae
Creator Unknown
Created Unknown
Typical sizes 10-18
Typical hooks TMC 3769
Thread Black 6/0, 8/0 nylon
Tail Guard hairs from hare's ear
Body Hare's ear dubbing
Wing Mottle Turkey tail feather
Ribbing Fine gold wire or tinsel
Thorax Dark hare's ear dubbing
Head Black thread
Primary use Trout
Pattern references Trout Flies-The Tier's Reference (1999) Hughes[1]

The Hare's Ear is a traditional artificial fly imitating an aquatic insect larvae (nymph) used in fly fishing.[2]


The Hare's Ear nymph is a fly fishing lure that is fished below the surface. It is thus a wet fly or nymph. It is an older pattern that imitates a variety of aquatic life, including scuds, sow bugs, mayfly nymphs, and caddis larvae.


Soft hair and stiff bristles from a hare are wound around the shank of the hook and fastened with gold wire that suggests ribs. Sometimes a gold bead head is added for weight and stability in the water and a strand of pheasant feather is added for a tail.The bead head can be fastened near the eye of the hook. This pattern is commonly tied on size 10 - 16 nymph hooks. Traditional colouring is a brown body with orange or brown thread.


When this fly is immersed, the stiff fibers in the dubbing stand out and imitate the legs of an insect. Fish this lure below the surface with or without a small strike indicator and split-shot to help it sink. It is an effective pattern throughout the year because it covers a broad spectrum of prey that are active in every season.


  1. Hughes, Dave (1999). Trout Flies-The Tier's Reference. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. pp. 88–90. ISBN 978-0-8117-1601-7.
  2. Dave Hughes (2000). Essential Trout Flies. Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-2748-3.

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