Fly Tying- The GRH (gold ribbed hare) Nymph, a step-by-step

“The Gold Ribbed Hare Nymph is probably one of the oldest nymph used by fishermen. Back in the past this nymph was tied differently and was upgraded in time. First was an ugly fly with dubbing all over the hook shank and a few turns of gold tinsel.”

and then it turned into something both yummy and beautiful !

from Lucian Vasies, here’s a super-nice step-by-step tutorial with great photos to help you make your own must-have nymphs effective anywhere in the world for insect-eating fish of all species. click the pic to access Lucian’s page. enjoy !

6 thoughts on “Fly Tying- The GRH (gold ribbed hare) Nymph, a step-by-step

  1. If you go back to 1850 or 60 you would find that the Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear was tied and fished as a dry fly! It is still a very good one today.

  2. That’s great looking dubbing. Do you know if it is available in the US?

  3. Mark,
    About 25 years ago we were on a family camping trip on LaBonte Creek south of Douglas, Wyoming and decided to spend the day hiking and fishing the canyon below the campground located at the end of the road. We were hiking an old roadbed that had many creek crossings and I carried my two children across each one in turn.
    At one of them my daughter Amberly was on my shoulders and asked “Daddy what’s that?” 20 feet over the stream was a bat flying in a circle tethered by fishing line to a plastic red and white bobber that was connected by line to a tree limb. Well, of course, Daddy was enlisted to save the poor bat. I selected a suitable dead limb about 15′ long, removed my boot lace and lashed my pocket knife to the end of it. Several swipes didn’t cut the tether but broke off the last foot of the limb the line was attached to. The limb, line, bobber, and bat all tumbled to the water at my feet and I immediately reached down and picked up the stick. The bat proceeded to fly in circles at the end of the stick which I had a hold of. Eventually I was able to run my gloved hand down the line and subdue the bat at which time I extracted a “gold ribbed hares ear” nymph from his lip. As best as I can surmise an intrepid angler had snagged his ‘bobber and fly rig’ in the tree. The bat must have taken the hares ear while it was suspended from the tree.
    The cold ,wet, stressed bat was placed on a warm rock in the sun and within thirty minutes snapped out of it and flew back to the bat cave. My children cheered. Fishing is so much more than catching fish.
    Regards, Phil

  4. great story and comment, Phil. thanks !
    i’ve had several encounters with bats myself, both in practice sessions where they catch the fluff in mid air and whilst fishing with real hooks. sadly one of them died that way as it had caught my fly on the backcast (downstream). by the time i was able to bring the bat to me it had drowned… 😦
    thankfully, others where safely released. yet another reason to only use factory-barbless hooks !

    i recently wrote about flies left in trees in this article
    its about casting around obstacles but here’s the relevant quote.

    “Lastly, I’d like to point out that flies left in trees obviously don’t catch fish but can catch a whole host of other animals like birds, small mammals, bats, monkeys and whatever else that climb or fly through trees and waterside vegetation and let’s not forget other anglers and people that like to enjoy the waterways as we do. Much more than the flies themselves or the gutting shame that occurs when I snag obstacles, it’s this last point that makes me want to be extra careful.”

    thanks for stopping by, take care.

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