GRHE3. The Olive Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph Fly
GOLD RIBBED HARE'S EAR FLY PATTERNS. Hook size 10 12 14 16 18 20 - $US each
THE GOLD RIBBED HARE'S EAR NYMPH GRHE
The Olive Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph GRHE is the right colour for imitating mayfly nymphs and small fry. Larger hungry trout will feed on baby trout. They don't care as long as they eat something edible. In fast flowing water trout will snap at anything passing in the current and spit it out if it is not something they like. In slow moving water they have time to be more choosy. They can inspect what is on offer and if it looks like something good to eat. This is the type of water conditions the angler has to try to match the type of food that is on offer. I always dislodge a few stones and see what is carried down stream. If the nymphs are olive then that is the color of Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph I tie onto my line. I try to match the size as well. In clear water I also to establish where the juvenile trout are holding up. Some get carried away in stronger currents. That is where I aim to cast to and then let my Olive GRHE just float away dead drift in the current, hopefully into the mouth of a hungry waiting bigger trout.
If you use a fly that looks exactly like the real insect you still may not get any takes. We have all seen these pieces of amazing art at flyfishing shows, on the internet or in shop fly magazines. They are exquisite but why don't they work. The simple answer is that to the trout they do not look like they are alive. They are too stiff. There is no movement that suggests life. This is where the olive Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear nymph is so superior. It is dressed in a scruffy finish. The fibres move in the water and look like the legs of the natural insect swimming in the water. The shorter ones nearer the body imitate the gills on the side of the real insect that oscillate as it breaths. Flexible fibres are the answer to producing artificial flies that catch more fish because the movement of the fibres caused by the current on the retrieve or dead adrift suggest life.
Many nymphs have translucent bodies that appear to change color depending on the environment they are in. It is a very clever camouflage system. If they are crawling around the gravel river bed they appear brown when viewed from above. If they are clinging to weeds they appear olive green to a passing trout. The colors the trout sees is made up of both transmitted and reflective light. When you are thinking about what artificial nymph to tie onto your line consider the location. What are the background colours. If there is a lot of vegetation then this olive green Gold Ribbed Hares Ear nymph pattern GRHE would be the right choice.
I went fishing this last Saturday and caught a good sized rainbow on one of your Olive GRHE. He absolutely slammed the fly and I had a hard time releasing him. It is nice to see a fly that fools the fish that well! When I finally did get him loose he held right at my feet for about five minutes before he swam off. What fun! Dan in Georgia
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