sexyloops fly tying school part 16 - hares hair emerger

sexyloops fly tying school part 16 - hares hair emerger

t.z. | Friday, 5 February 2016

This one is right from a Hotel room in Trondheim, Norway.

We have covered emergers before with the Klinkhamer. A truly amazing fly, but pretty complicated to tie and one needs rather expensive materials. Now I´ll show the same concept of fly - an emerger pattern - which is very easy to tie and only uses two materials.

OK, the hares feet are not so easy to get - specifically if one insists on arctic hare, but one can substitute that with deer hair for the wing. Don´t use rabbit ... it does not float as well and on top (this is for the environmentally conscious) - Rabbits are kept in cages ... that´s bad I think.

The wing material is hair taken from in between the toes of an arctic hares foot. This material is hydrophobic, meaning is does not get wet. The natural color is white or slightly off white. It is very easy to see on the water. The body of the fly is dubbed with finely chopped hares hair and is meant to be submerged when fished. The wing is above the water film. 

Hares Hair Emerger


This is what you need:

a vice, desk, lamp, a hares foot,
dubbing, thread and a pair of scissors -
and a hook of course

put the hook in the vice, attach thread and dub the thread
- note that the dubbing starts by the hook eye -

- dub the body -

and than wind the thread over the dubbing in open turns

take a bit of hares hair from the foot and tie it in tips facing fowards

dub the thread some more and wind this under the wing making it stand up

finish with a half hitch

snip of the remains and you are done


picture by Al Pyke 

Thomas Züllich, or - “t.z.” as most call him - is a German flyfisher & flytier living in Norway. His flydressing is based on old traditions as well as very modern and innovative methods of creating flies. You can book Thomas for guided trips, flytying classes and presentations. He regularly gives speeches and demonstrations at fly fishing fairs. Thomas is member of the ProTeam at Partridge of Redditch as well as Regal Vises.

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