Hares Ear Nymph

This week’s TBT fly is the Hares Ear Nymph. It’s an old pattern and usually one of the first flies taught to beginner fly tyers. For some reason, many fly fishers start fishing this fly and then go away from it…I might be somewhat guilty as well.

My quick history review shows multiple references as to the origin of the Hares Ear Nymph. One stated it was invented in the 1880’s…George Leonard Herter in a book provided the following credit:

“The Hares Ear and Gold Ribbed Hares Ear both were made by fly tyer David Hemming of Redditch, England in 1832.”

Overall, it doesn’t really matter…it’s just old and has been catching fish since somewhere in the 1800’s.

Hares Ear Nymph | www.johnkreft.com


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Cates Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Since it is Thanksgiving, my wife thought is appropriate this week’s TBT would be the Cates Turkey. I tied one years ago on Thanksgiving. It was developed by Jerry Cate in the 1960’s at Davis Lake for Callibaetis. I think I’ll have to try it next summer!

Hope you like it.

Cates Turkey | www.johnkreft.com


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Back to Fly Tying

Seasons have definitely changed! I’m back to fly tying.

It seems like it was just fall and I was fishing several days per week. We had close to two feet of snow in a couple of days and still have snow on the ground.

November snow | www.johnkreft.com

All that is to say I haven’t been fishing for a while. And I miss it. I hope to get out soon.

So, I decided to clean off my fly tying bench. I mentioned I would do it in my recent Seasons Change blog.

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Parachute Adams

This week’s TBT fly is the Parachute Adams. I’m sure you’ve used this highly effective fly. It originally was known as a Gyro fly and sold by William Mills & Son of New York. I’ve read where it was patented by William Avery Bush of Detroit MI in 1934. One entry stated Bush patented a hook using a wire post to make tying easier. Regardless, it’s a fish-catching fly!

Parachute Adams|www.johnkreft.com



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Magic Fly Materials – Peacock and Grizzly

There are two fly tying materials I have confidence in – peacock and grizzly hackle. For some reason, they catch fish. I just like the multiple colors of each material. Whether you are tying your own or purchasing flies at your favorite fly shop, think about adding flies with these magic materials.

Here are a few flies that come to mind using peacock and grizzly. Some use only one of the materials, while other flies use both.

Prince Nymph Griffiths Gnat  Elk Hair Caddis
Prince Nymph | www.johnkreft.com Griffiths Gnat | www.johnkreft.com Elk Hair Caddis - Peacock | www.johnkreft.com
Copper John Braided Butt Damsel Parachute Adams
Copper John Nymph | www.johnkreft.com Braided Butt Damsel | www.johnkreft.com Parachute Adams|www.johnkreft.com
 Adams  Double Bead Peacock Stone Nymph  BFN
Adams | www.johnkreft.com Cheeseburger Nymph| www.johnkreft.com BFN | www.johnkreft.com
Harrops Callibaetis Paraspinner RiverKeeper Green Drake Parachute Dennys Stillwater Nymph 
Rusty Paraspinner | www.johnkreft.com

RiverKeeper Green Drake Parachute | www.johnkreft.com

Denny's Stillwater Nymph | www.johnkreft.com 

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Fish a Hopper-Dropper Fly Rig

Do you fish a hopper-dropper fly rig? It’s a method of fly fishing which utilizes a large fly that can be seen (think strike indicator) and tying a dropper to the bend of the hook. The dropper could be a nymph or an emerger. But what about a dry fly? Why not?

A traditional hopper-dropper fly rig will begin with a high floating dry fly at the end of a standard 7 1/2′ to 9′ leader. It could be a grasshopper fly pattern, but it doesn’t have to be. Why not tie on a Chubby Chernobyl, RiverKeeper October Caddis, or Stimulator? Use any fly that is easy to float. The key is you need to SEE it!

RiverKeeper October Caddis

RiverKeeper October Caddis | www.johnkreft.com

Next, tie an improved clinch knot onto the bend of the hook with 6″ to 24″ of 5X or 6X tippet. Match the tippet length to the depth in the water column you wish to fish.

Chubby Chernobyl

Hopper-dropper Knot | www.johnkreft.com

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