GRHE Nymph


Tying the GRHE Nymph


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:





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Choose your bead and slide it onto the hook. For extra ballast, you can invert this bead and have smaller one of a different colour in front of it.


Experiment with the options.


Cast on the thread and tie in the gold tinsel on the underside of the hook.


Catch in a bundle of guard hairs on the top of the hook to form the tails


Bind down the butts and create a flat underbody


Use a dubbing rake and prepare the body dubbing. I like a blend of guard hares from the hare's mask the fur from the ears


Unspin your thread. Then using your dubbing needle, split the thread open.


Then evenly insert the hare dubbing and re-spin the thread


Wind the dubbed thread forwards to form a straggly, busy body.


Wind the rib forwards. I opt for just three turns.


Aim to leave dubbing fibres sticking out between the rib. Catch the rib the thread behind the bead.


I now like to spin an extra collar of dubbing behind the bead.


Whip finish behind the bead.