www.fastmailtackle.co.uk and Trout Fisherman fly of the month May.
The Gold Ribbed Hares Ear is a timeless fly and being brutally honest there are no rules for when, or when not to use this fly. It is a fish catcher and produces fish all year round, but, in my view, it is exceptional when many different varieties of flies are hatching around you, and the month of May is definitely a hatch month.
As water temperatures begin to rise following our brutally cold spring, the aquatic larvae beneath the surface should now begin to wake up and start thinking about a world outside of the water.
As a plethora of different species of nymphs inhabit the rivers and lake beds of the UK’s waters the GRHE pattern is a direct imitation of none, however, it is a good imitation of many – and this is the secret to its success.
Best fished: On a long line with a well degreased leader, as this is not a heavy fly meaning it almost hovers in the water. Count the fly down and begin your figure of eight retrieve, introducing a slow long pull every 10’ or so, just to lift the nymph pattern up through the water column. As the fly sinks back towards the lake bed this is a key taking point, so be ready!