RLBHGRHE, that’s a mouthful. It is also July’s fly of the month. It’s a play on the lazy acronyms fly tiers throw around to describe their flies. It stands for Rubber Leg Bead Head Gold Ribbed Hares Ear. It just as easily could have been the BHRLGRHE, or perhaps the GRBHRLHE, it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that this fly, loaded with the accessories that make up it’s name, catches fish. Not just trout, but bream too and even the stray bass. I once caught a redfish on a woolly bugger and I’d bet money you could fool a redfish with this fly as well – though you may have to size up and use a saltwater hook.
- Hook – I prefer a 2x long shank if I’m using a bead and a 1x long if not
- Bead to fit hook size
- Round rubber legs
- Gold tinsel ribbing
- Hares ear dubbing
- Pheasant tail
1. Thread bead on hook and mount in vise. Wrap lead wire around the shank where the abdomen will be. This helps to stabilize the bead and also add weight to get the fly down to where the fish are. Cover lead with thread to lock everything in place.
2. Tie in the round rubber for the tail. I like to tie it in right behind the lead and wrap it all the way back to the tail. This helps create neat, smooth underbody to build the rest of the fly on. Cut these equal to a shank length.
3. Tie in tinsel on the far side of the hook.
4. Dub a fairly skinny thorax
5. Rib with the tinsel
6. Tie in two pieces of flashabou
7. Tie in a pheasant tail slip for the wing case.
8. Tie in a round rubber leg on either side
9. Dub the abdomen. I like to make this area a bit more bulky.
10. Pull over the pheasant and tie in with a few wraps. Then do the same with the flashabou. Whip finish
11. This last step is optional. Coat shell back and flashabou with your favorite UV cure goo or epoxy. This helps to protect the shell back and really makes the flashabou stand out (even though you can’t see that in the pics.) Finished fly. Enjoy.
Amanda and I spent nearly a week earlier this month with my family down in St. John of the US Virgin Islands. It was a tremendous trip, we had a wonderful time and really enjoyed a relaxing trip to the Caribbean. I wasn’t sure how we would handle being that long away from our little girl, but it really wasn’t a problem knowing she was in good hands with Amanda’s parents. We ate and drank well, we swam, snorkeled, hiked, and really just got reacquainted with an island that my family has been to a few times now. Some of the highlights included the sunsets on the deck, the hike out to Rams Head, snorkeling with the sea turtles at Maho Bay and tarpon at Francis Bay, and the sunset sail on Survivan. I packed a couple fly rods, but never felt the urge to break them out and dedicate time to fishing – I was too busy enjoying not-fishing, if that makes any sense.