Tie a Killer Hare's Ear

Subtle changes to make your pattern stand out.

Kicked-up Hare's Ear Pattern

As I was preparing this article, I realized that I literally changed all of the materials that are used for the classic Hare's Ear.  Guard hairs for the tail, adios.  Dubbing from the hare's mask, gone...  etc.  It's been a few years since I have been tying flies with Arizona Synthetic and Mega Synthetic dubbing (not to be confused with Arizona Simi Seal), and they have become a major staple on my desk.  It has that perfect blend of bugginess and shine that I really like when I'm tying subsurface flies.  Aside from the dubbing, I'm also using Whiting Coq de Leon hen fibers for the tail and legs, and thin skin for the wing-case.  I like to have a lot of these in my box because they are a quick tie, and are very effective.  I usually have them in sizes 10 to 16 in a variety of colors.  

Material List

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Hook: Daiichi 1560 - Traditional Nymph Hook - 12     
Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Copper - 1/8" (3.3mm)     
Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Gray Brown     
Tail & Legs: Coq De Leon Hen Saddle - Speckled Copper Olive     
Abdomen: Arizona Mega Synthetic Dubbing - Hare's Ear     
Thorax: Arizona Mega Synthetic Dubbing - Dark Hare's Ear     
Rib: UTC Ultra Wire - Amber - Small     
Flashback (wing case): Mirage Tinsel - Opal - Medium     
Wing Case: Thin Skin - Gator, Brown/Black     
Wing Case Coat: Loon Fluorescing UV Clear Fly Finish     

Other tools from the tutorial:
Loon UV Power Light     
Stonfo Comb/Brush Tool     

Hope you enjoy this one

~ Cheech

Here's the video tutorial.