Faced with a deep, fast run of water that just simply screams fish, this no-nonsense, tungsten-headed version of a Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph is my first choice.
It represents everything and nothing. It could pass as a cased caddis or a stone fly nymph. It may even suggest an olive nymph or even a shrimp. It matters not! What is important is that this fly will serve you well and persuade a take on even the quietest of days. This is an important fly for my early season trips when fish are hungry and there is plenty of water moving through the river. This is also a very useful nymph as a point fly on stillwaters.
I confess there is little finesse here. I opt for a large tungsten bead to get the fly down and fairly thick gold rib - I tend to favour the medium tinsel in place of wire as it seems to give a nice effect between the straggly guard hairs from the hare. I opt for just three turns of tinsel through the body.
Hook: Varivas 2120WB #14
Ballast: 2.5mm tungsten bead
Thread: Moser Powersilk, 10/0 olive
Tails: Hare guard hairs
Body: Hare's ear and mask blend
Rib: Medium. flat gold
I opt for guard hairs from the mask for the tails. These are also useful when blended with the ear fibres to give a very busy nymph.
The hare's ear provides nice variations in colour:
Changing bead colour provides many options with this simple dressing: