If we could only fish two nymph patterns for the rest of our days on the water, one would be a Flashback Hare's Ear, and the second would be the Flashback Pheasant Tail. This generalist nymph pattern is close enough in profile and color to a host of invertebrate species that - when fished in a number of sizes - can be used to effectively imitate almost any mayfly or stonefly nymph.
Our Hare's Ear nymphs are tied with a bead head to help them sink into the zone where fish like to hold, and have flashbacks to help seduce the strike from reluctant fish.
Fly Category: Generalist Pattern
Family: Mayflies, Stoneflies
Species: Brown Drake, Brown Dun, Caenidae (Angler's Curse), Cahill, Callibaetis (Speckle Wing), Eastern Green Drake, Golden Mayfly, Grey DRake, Hendrickson, Mahogany Dun, March Brown, Pale Morning Dun/Pale Evening Dun, Sulphur, Chloroperlidae (Sallflies) Stonefly, Early Brown (Willowfly) Stonefly, Golden Stonefly, Little Yellow (Yellow Sally) Stonefly, Skwala Stonefly, Damsel Flies, & Dragon Flies
Life Stage: Nymph
I've caught as many fish with this nymph this season than any other fly in my fly set.