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How to build a better fish trap

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The Softer Hackle Hare’s Ear performs best in deep pools and high flows. It looks buggy in an impressionistic way, and when it’s dropped behind a granite boulder, trout gobble it. Here’s how experienced fly fishers build it.

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Use a No. 12 3906B Mustad hook, crush barb and slide on 7/32-ounce gold bead or equivalent tungsten. Gather hairs for tail into a fan before cutting tuft from hare’s mask. Clean underfur.

Text by Darrell Kunitomi
Photographs by Eric Boyd ()
ADD FUR
ADD FUR
Using 6-0 brown or camel thread, tie in tail lightly in 360-degree fan; tie ribbing. Wax thread and dub hare’s mixture forward. Rib small, gold tinsel forward. Check for hackle space by sliding bead back and dub accordingly if it slides too far. Leave 1/8 inch in front for hackling. Whip finish behind bead. ()
ADD FEATHER
ADD FEATHER Prep the hackle to isolate normal and webby barbs. Reattach thread before bead and, with hackle tip down, tie in where barbs form a V. Cut tip of feather and wrap four turns away from you. Bind with securing wraps, cut stem and whip finish. ()
A KEEPER
A KEEPER
To complete, cement head lavishly to protect hackles. It’s not necessary to tease the dubbing; the fly will become buggy during use. Behold, the finished Softer Hackle Hare’s Ear. ()
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