Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hare's Ear Nymphs For Carp

We have all heard the saying about flies being designed to catch fishermen instead of fish.  Generally I believe that is not such a bad thing.  Purpose built carp flies such as the Backstabber by Jay Zimmerman, Mark's outrageously beautifully carp flies at This River is Wild and my own creations sometimes bring a little extra confidence and that is priceless.  Are these flies imbued with a magic mojo that appeals in a special way to carp and triggers a take?  I don't care.  Catching a carp on a carp-specific fly brings me confidence and intense pleasure.

Every once in a while a reality check is good though.  When the carp seem to want something small and subtle I usually go straight to a Hare's Ear Nymph.  If I was good enough at keeping a journal I might even find that my most productive carp fly of all time is the Hare's Ear in multiple variants.


I have caught Carp on many different recipes of this infinitely flexible nymph pattern.  Throw in a gold bead and you have a weighted fly with a little flash.  Add a black tungsten bead and you are ready to dredge the depths.  In colored water sometimes adding a flash-back can't be beat.  Do you really need a little bit of that carp-specific luvin feeling?  Some fine Rubber legs do the trick.  Are the fish ultra-shallow and super spooky?  A very simple un-weighted variant in natural colors without even gold rib could be the ticket.  

I usually stick to size 10 to 14 and my most productive colors have been olive and the traditional tan.  

The Hare' Ear Nymph.  It turns out that nearly everybody has a couple carp flies in their box!    


7 comments:

  1. Mighty fine looking flies! For me often times it's the weight not the fly style that may work but I can see those hares ears should be tasty

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  2. Right on. Small nymphs like Hare's Ears and PT's are the ticket on my carp water. Only way get at those super spooky fish sometimes.

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  3. No doubt about it...those that roll their own have a huge advantage because they can fine-tune the size, color and pattern but even more importantly the weight and bulkiness.

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  4. I am convinced that simple is better...at least on my waters. Going basic in a variety of colors this year and so far it has worked just fine. Bring some of those suckers out west...they'll come in handy.

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  5. Simple is almost always better. Un-godly complicated is occasionally fun in a twisted sick kind of way.

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  6. Great post! we've found the same on the L.A. River during spawn. The only thing they'd take nymph with a gold bead! Also, congrats on winning the contest. Looked like you submitted some interesting patterns, McTage.

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  7. Thanks LARFF (yeah, getting lazy). Sometimes it seems like the gold bead is well....gold. Others times I think it seems like it scares them. Have you had any luck with it outside of spawning season?

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