Just started tying flies yesterday. I can't figure how to get a hares ear to hold with out throwing glue on at the end,around the gold string. can any one help. Im having the same problem w/ woolly buggers.
This page has some step-by-step instructions (with photos, which is important when starting out) on the Gold Ribbed Hare's ear, along with some other flies you might want to tie.
start out with a larger pattern, it will make it easier for you. also remember dont use too much material, it builds up quickly and will end up looking like a ball of fur and thread. the GR hares ear is a good one to start out on, so let us know how they turn out. hope this helps.
for a hares ear....you use the haares ear as dubbing. Just twist it around the thread and wrap it forward building the body. Honestly though, I would start out with the thread midges...and you can actually use them this time of year. They'll be on small hooks but they are pretty brainless patterns.
I'm trying to picture what is happening to you. Does the gold ribbing spin around the hook as you try to wrap over it?? I assume you've laid down a thread base and your thread and bobbin are hanging near the bend of the hook. Now take the ribbing (with a pretty long tag end - about half the hooklength) and pinch it against the hook with thumb and forefinger. While lightly holding it like that, pull the thread up between your thumb and the ribbing and wrap a couple times around the ribbing sliding under your thumb and forefinger each time - make sure you slide the thread back to keep the tie in point back toward the bend. Now take your left hand away and wrap a couple of mores. Remember your first couple of wraps don't have to be real tight. That is when the material wants to slide round the hook. Keep the first couple light to medium just to hold the material in place - then use a bit more tension - it doesn't take too much. You can trim the tag end or leave it against the hook shank and wrap the dubbing over it. This technigue works better with larger flies than smaller ones but experiment.
If you're looking from some great step-by-step instructions, you might consider going to www.charliesflyboxinc.com and click on the flybox portion of the website. At last count I believe there were over a 100 different patterns to choose from.