Scruffy & effective!
After giving a couple of beginner fly tying lessons recently, I thought I'd create a step by step for one of my favourite nymph patterns - the Hare's Ear & CDC nymph. This fly is easy to tie, and is a great pattern for beginners to start on.
This fly is just a variation of mine of the good old Hare's Ear nymph, and it would account for more fish than any other fly I tie. The CDC feathers trap little air bubbles and also give the fly lots of movement like little legs.
Any nymph hook would do, but I prefer a little known hook made by Tiemco called a TMC3761SP-BL. It is 1xl long which suits beadhead nymphs, and is also 2x heavy, so I can comfortably use it on BIG New Zealand trout. It's barbless SP design also penetrates easier, without compromising fish holding ability. I always have a heap of these nymphs tied and ready to go!
Click on the Download File link below to download the tying instructions.