Hare Mayfly Dun

The Hare Mayfly Dun, whatever you want to call it, is actually a more generic pattern than the name suggests. The intended imitation is highly dependant on the presentation. Fished in a dead drift it sure looks like a very freshly emerged dun, still sorting the wings. When damp and sunk in the film a little more it looks more like an emerger. However, it also works when fished wet, even stripped. Than the voluminous wing is folded backwards giving the perfect impression of swimming caddis pupae.

Hare flies

Over the years I have developed the habit of tying all sort of flies with only hare as main material. It started with hare’s mask and was completed once I found out about the material found on the hare’s feet.

Li or Lierne is the home of the “Jurassic Hare”. The fibres of the feet are used for the tail and wing of this fly. It can imitate a small mayfly or a caddis emerger … or simply put, fish food. These things are beyond catchy — trout come from nowhere to attack these.

The Hare fly series consists of 5 patterns

  • Hare (Mayfly) Nymph
  • Hare Mayfly Emerger
  • Hare Mayfly Dun
  • Hare Mayfly Spinner
  • Deer Hare Caddis
  • Li-Flua

The Hare Nymph is described in chapter 2 of the book. The other 4 patterns are explained on the following pages.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. – Leonardo da Vinci

The materials are all very similar. Fibres from the hare’s mask, the pelt and from in between the hare’s toes. Add a hook and thread and you are ready to go fishing.

However, the devil is in the detail and obtaining real good Arctic Hare, specifically the feet, is difficult. The supply is limited and you almost need to know a hunter going after these animals. I simply adore this material for it’s almost magical attraction to fish. I am extremely lucky to know some hunters in the cold north of Norway.

Very down to earth and honest people, which had a good laugh once I asked them to take care of the hare’s feet for fishing purposes. They were honestly thinking I was pulling their leg. My persistence was rewarded though and the feet I am getting from them have gained a small fame amongst the “connoisseurs” and are known as “Jurassic Hare”, obviously due to their size.

Fly Tying at Skålestrømmen

Fly tying classes are part of the inclusive packages we offer at Skålestrømmen. You can learn to make these all these flies yourself. Tying materials and tools will be supplied if cannot bring your own.

The fly shown works very well in Skålestrømmen (and around the world). There are of course many other, mostly more complicated types of flies that also work, but we like it simple and efficient.

This fly and video are part of “Fly Tying – Modern Classics for Trout and Grayling – by Thomas Züllich” Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich is a digital book available on the apple bookstore and also via the Skålestrømmen online store. You can order and download a pdf version, which you can use in conjunction with the instructional videos on YouTube. https://www.skalestrommen.no/product/fly-tying-by-thomas-zullich/

The book includes 90 minutes of video, over 100 pages of text and a many interactive graphics. The beauty is that you can read and learn about fly tying techniques at your own pace and then use the videos on your computer.

The intention is to make the fly angler understand and fabricate effective trout flies and also being able to improve and simplify the flies he’s been tying so far. The approach is to use old techniques and take them further to modern flies. While the reader can learn semi realistic nymphs and extended body flies, as well as patterns just based on one or two materials.

Staying true to his German craftsman roots, the author approaches fly tying in very efficient way. Thomas Züllich is a well respected fly tier known for his engaging and fresh approach.

The book features crisp interactive graphic content, videos and over 100 pages of informative and entertaining text. The book’s glossary explains over 100 fly fishing specific terms. To even learn more and discuss the fly patterns in the book the author maintains a facebook group. – https://www.facebook.com/groups/tzflyfishing

ALSO AVAILABLE AS IBOOK The book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Multi-touch books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device. Books with interactive features may work best on an iOS device. iBooks on your Mac requires OS X 10.9 or later. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1333532292

THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks
THIS MATERIAL IS PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT. Excerpt From Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich available on Apple iBooks