A classic nymph will work always. But if will catch fish all the time and if it will work perfectly, then new nymphs will not appear in fly boxes. Everybody will stay on those classic 10-15 flies:)
Gold Ribbed Hare Ear also known as GRHE is one of those classic nymph. It is tied simple, just a tail, a body ribbed with tinsel, a wing case made of pheasant feather and dubbing. Tying time 3minutes!. Easy, fast an functional. Will catch fish especially when the season is starting. Also will catch until middle of Summer.
Here are our tips to improve this classic pattern and to catch more and to extend the “live” and the efficiency of this model:
1.Use oval ribbing tinsel – will increase the durability. The flat tinsel often is slipping on the nymph body right after you will catch the first trout
2.Use a drop of UV resin over the wing case – will make that part indestructible. Pheasant barbs are the most used materials for making this part of the fly. Are fragile and easy to be broken and the trout teeth will destroy them for sure.
3.Make legs, will move nice and attractive in the water current. Just use partridge, pheasant barbs tips or mallard barred barbs to make them. Trout and grayling seems to like them a lot so why not a little bit of “live” in your nymph?
4.Extra sparkle – made a simple mix between synthetic dubbing and natural ones used. The extra colors work like a magnet, will increase the curiosity of the fish. Means more chance to be”tasted” by trout and grayling.
5.Use colored thread for making the head of the fly. Like chartreuse, orange, yellow or red for example. Will work like hot spots! Make them visible enough to have a better looking fly!