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Step by Step tying tutorial

New Zealand Trout Flies

Hare & Copper

  Fly Tying Details;

Hare & Copper


10 - 16


Kamasan B175 or Tiemco 3769 (these are both short, strong Nymph hooks


Danville Pre Waxed Thread 6/0 Brown or Black


Pheasant tail fibers or Ginger Brown Hackle fibers

  Body: Hare Fur with plenty of guard hairs

Copper wire - Medium

Thorax Hare Fur with plenty of guard hairs

Tungsten, Brass - Black, Copper or Gold and Lead wire


Probably NZ's most popular nymph and the first nymph most beginner tiers will tackle. The Hare and Copper catches fish through out the country in a variety of waters. The guard hairs used in the mix represent legs and give the fly that buggy look that's very effective. The standard pattern is tied without a bead, with or without weight depending on the fishing situation. All sizes catch fish. I tie these on shorter hooks because there is more hook in relation to the fly size, giving better hook ups.

Step by Step Tying Instructions: Hare & Copper

The 1st Step, add the weight to the fly


This is an easy and effective fly to tie.


Firstly choose the size bead you want for the weight of the fly, pictured is a #10 hook with a #3.8mm tungsten bead. Apply glue to the hook shank then wrap the hook shank with lead wire for additional weight. I've used .025 lead wire here. The length of wire is important as it will help form the taper to shape the body of the nymph.


Bind the lead with a layer of thread and apply more glue to hold all firmly in place


Under body prepared





Next we tie in the tail which is a clump of hackle fibers and some copper wire.  Taper the body as you wrap it with thread.

Winding on the dubbingNext step is to added the dubbing. It can be tricky to get the look you want consistently, the key is to build the dubbing up slowly to shape the nymph. Choose the colour mix that you want from a Hares pelt, and added to that plenty of guard hairs. I use the ones from the center of the hares back, these have dark bottoms. Mix together well then apply dubbing wax to your thread, the hare fur will stick to this, apply it evenly then roll it between your fingers to make a thin tube of dubbing. The tighter the tube the less hairy the end result. Wind onto the nymph starting from the tail and winding forward. Aim to build a cone shape taper forward to the head.

Hare & Copper Nymph



Then wind the wire forward to the head, I tend to wind it the opposite way to help hold all in place, then a couple of winds behind the bead, pull tight, cut off and tie in. Whip finish, glue and you are done



Ready to catch a fish



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