Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Partridge and Hare's Ear



Hook:

14-16
Thread:

Tan
Rib:

Gold wire
Body:

Hare’s ear
Hackle:

Partridge neck, slightly longer than the hook



V. S. “Pete” Hidy provides the Partridge and Hare’s Ear as a pattern for matching caddis flies in his chapter of Masters on the Nymph (1979) entitled “Soft-hackle Nymphs—The Flymphs.” His dressing is slightly different than the one I provide: “Sizes 14, 16; fur from hare’s poll or face spun on ash silk; gold wire ribbing; one or two turns of partridge neck hackle slightly longer than the hook.”

Hidy's caddis has much in common with No. 14 Grannom or Greentail that Alfred Ronalds describes and illustrates in The Fly- Fisher’s Entomology (1836).

10 comments:

  1. Certainly a favorite of mine when caddis are out, Nice tie!

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  2. Neil
    Excellent full body pattern worth trying on one's favorite stream or tailrace. Great work as always ---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill, I've always love this one (or a variation with red grouse for the hackle) just for fishing the water on some of my favorite headwater streams

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  3. The Hares Ear is legendary in fly fishing circles. Many folks overlook the soft hackle version. That is a mistake! Actually, had the honor of watching Pete Hidy tie this fly at a tying demonstration many years ago. Classic memory.

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  4. Mel, I'd love to learn any pointers he gave beyond the ones he included when he described the dressing in print.

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  5. Neil, I remember just being amazed at the materials that he was using on that day. Guess I was a next generation tyer who purchased things from the local fly shop that had all the popular materials at the moment. I remember that he was very much into speaking of the effectiveness of spinning the fur on the Silk and how it layered the dubbing for the body of the fly. At that time, I think we had already began to learn more about nymph fishing and wet fly fishing was thought to be a thing of the past. We were all wrong there!

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    1. Mel - I very much appreciate your sharing. I have to confess: I've never yet used the spinning block that Hidy and Leisenring favored, but I've found a good (a silk buttonhole twist) creates a great layered effect.

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  6. Neil
    Just wanted to let you know I landed my first trout yesterday using the Hares Ear size 20 soft hackle. Fishing this fly is going to be a learning process for me, I lost numerous trout before I finally connected. You can check out the post here---http://btrussell-fishingthroughlife.blogspot.com/2014/05/fishing-hares-ear-soft-hackle.html

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    1. Bill, please forgive a slow reply - that's a great trout, and a great blog!

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