Tying Instructions: Hare's Ear Nymph

1. This is the Hare's Mask which the dubbing materials are obtained. The darker dubbing on the left is taken from the forehead of the mask. It contains a large number of guard hairs. The lighter dubbing on the right is taken from the cheeks which are lighter in color, fewer guard hairs, and softer in texture.
Step One
2. Slide a Gold Bead up the hook and attach the hook to the vise. Mash down the barb. I like to use a small piece of lead-free wire to fill the void of the bead. 3-4 turns will do it, then slide the wire into the void. The stub of the wire can be used to anchor the wire with thread wraps.
Step Two
3. Secure the wire stub with thread wraps and wrap a thread foundation down to the bend of the hook.
Step Three
4. Clip a segment of fur from between the eyes of the Hare's Mask.Pinching the tips of the fur, pull out the underfur gently until most of it is removed. The tips should be relatively even. Measure the material against the shank. The tail should be about one half the shank length of the hook. Bring the material to the tail tie-in postion and attach the tail using a pinch method, this will keep the tailing material on the top of the hook shank.
Step Four
5. Clip the butts ends of the tailing material about 3/4 up the hook shank and secure with thread wraps going forward. Attach the oval rib wire to the underside of hook shank and wrap back stopping just short of the tail tie-in position.
Step Five
6. Some like to wax the thread but I find that the cheek material is soft enough to apply the dubbing to the thread by twisting the material without wax. Apply the dubbing sparsly, just covering the thread. Apply 1-2 wraps behind the ribbing first then wrap the dubbing forward covering the secured ribbing. You want a tapered abdomen. Note the guard hairs extending from the dubbing.
Step Six
7. Continue to apply the dubbing wraps until you reach the 3/4 position of the hook shank.
Step Seven
8. Now, wrap the ribbing forward with some evenly spaced wraps. 3-4 turns is enough and secure the tag end with some thread wraps. Step Eight
9. Clip a section of dark mottled turkey feather for a wingcase. Attach in front of the abdomen with secure thread wraps up against the abdomen so as not to leave a gap. You do this by wrapping the wingcase material back to the 60% position of the hook shank. This is where the thorax will begin.
Step Nine
10. Using the dubbing from the forehead of the mask, you'll see that it is much coarser. You might need to use wax to assist in the application. Pinch dub thread with fur blend with at least 3x the amount used for the abdomen.
Step Ten
11. Wind to form the enlarged thorax. Continue to apply the dubbing wraps until you reach the bead of the hook.
Step Eleven
12. Bring the wingcase over the throax and secure with some thread warps. Step Twelve
13. Whip finish and apply head cement if you wish. Pick out hairs on the thorax for a buggy look.
Step Thirteen

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