The desire was to improve the visibility for the angler of the Deer Hair caddis. This was achieved by using arctic hare fibres for a second wing. The bright white of the winter shoes of the hare is very easy to spot for the angler.
So while at it, improving the liveliness and visibility from under was improved as well by adding a dark, scruffy head & thorax section.
Hook: Standard Dry Fly size 12 to 16
Thread: Dyneema 55
Dubbing: hare’s ear dubbing olive
Wing: Hare´s foot, deer hair
Head: Seals fur or Antron
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
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.
However, do not worry. A selection of flies is included in the fly fishing packages we offer. You can also buy flies and materials in our flyshop.