One of my go-to flies to use for a dropper is my Mod. Hare's Ear and I thought some of you'd like to know what the crap I've been talking about. I'm not claiming this to be some kind of a break though fly, in fact I'm sure several others have probably "invented" this fly too, but here's my take on it.
|I put 4 wraps of lead behind the bead, lay down a thread base and attach the rib wire.|
|Then dub a tapered body to about a bead and a halfs worth shy of the bead.|
|Tie in 7-10 pheasant tail fibers at the thorax. Make sure you have enough hanging left to form a tail one body's length.|
|Use the rib wire to lash down the pheasant fibers on top of the body. Then barber-pole the wire forward to create the rib.|
|Secure the wire and helicopter it out (or cut it, if that's what you're more comfortable with).|
|Dub the thorax heavy and pull the pheasant fibers over to form the wingcase. I've added legs of pheasant tail fibers at this point, but normally I don't (it just doesn't seem to make much of a difference). Just whip finish and it's ready to fish.|
|It's a pattern that you can tie up a bunch in a hurry. I seem to use a lot of 'em in #12s and #14s.|
|Works nice in other colors too.|
Tie up a bunch & get out there and enjoy the water. I know I'm itching to.