The Beadhead G.R. Hare’s Ear is a great pattern for the Rogue River bringing back memories of the old Big Bird pattern. Both patterns are very similar in appearance. I tend to favor the old classic G.R. Hare’s Ear nymph when flyfishing for steelhead on the Rogue River of Oregon.
While following the traditional recipe, the G.R. Hare’s Ear can be tied either full or slim. Which style you tie on your leader depends upon your whim of the moment. The steelies don’t seem to mind all that much. Other than the amount of hare’s ear dubbing the only other change I put into my “styles” of G.R. Hare’s Ears is the size of the gold rib. Medium gold, Lagartun French tinsel into the full fly, or fine, gold Lagartun into the slim version. Don’t forget the gold beadhead. Tie one on soon!