Olive Hare's Ear
Standard Soft-Hackle Technique
Thread: Brown 6/0
Ribbing: Gold wire.
Abdomen: Olive hare's ear dubbing.
Thorax: Gold bead 1/8"
Hackle: Brown partridge from wing shoulder.
1. Place bead on hook. It may be necessary to de-barb the hook at this point or even bend the hook gape open to get the bead on. Bend the hook back into position with forceps after the bead is on the hook. Then place the hook in the vise.
2. Attach the thread at the location where the bead thorax will be. Wrap the thread back to the bend while securing the gold wire ribbing. Apply wax to the thread.
3. Direct dub or use the incorporated dubbing loop to form the body.
4. Wind the abdomen forward and tie off. Then counter-wrap the gold wire and tie off. Wrapping the wire builds a base to hold the bead in place and also to add extra weight to help the fly sink. Make a whip finish and cement the thread. Trim the thread close. Slide the bead over the thread base. The bead should fit snuggly over the thread wraps.
5. Prepare a partridge marginal covert feather for a tip tie-in. The feather for this pattern comes from the shoulder of the partridge wing.
6. Re-attach the thread to the hook in front of the bead. Tie in the prepared partridge feather with three wraps while holding the feather at a 90 degree angle to the hook shank. Wrap the feather around the hook once or twice to achieve the desired hackle density.
7. Tie the feather off. Clip the remaining stem and form a neat thread head. Whip finish and apply head cement.
8. Take a bodkin and pick out some of the fur fibers from the body to give the fly a more lifelike appearance.
~ Allen McGee
Credit: The Olive Hare's Ear is an excerpt from Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs by Allen McGee, published the Frank Amato Publishing, Portland Oregon.
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