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Pheasant and Hare Sulphur Emerger SBS
Pheasant and Hare Sulphur Emerger SBS
Published by peregrines
12-14-2011
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Pheasant and Hare Emerger Step By Step (SBS)
This pattern can be modified to match naturals of hatches in your area by matching the hook sizes and changing the color/shade of the wing and thorax dubbing. This example is used to imitate one of the eastern mayflies called Sulphurs (Ephemerella dorothea here) in size 16 and 18 Click the image to open in full size.
Type of fly Emerger mayfly
Originator of pattern if known
Tied and Submitted by peregrines
Level of tying experience needed to tie this pattern Beginner, a very simple and forgiving dry fly pattern using basic tying skills. This pattern is another in our upcoming series of Beginner Trout Fly Tying Lessons. This pattern is tied using the same techniques ads pheasant tail nymph but substitutes a few different materials: A light wire standard Dry Fly hook instead of a heavier wire nymph hook, dry fly dubbing for the thorax instead of peacock herl and the hair from the bottom of a snowshoe hare's foot (not rabbit's foot) for the wing instead of a wingcase of pheasant tail fibers. For an easy to tie dry fly using snowshoe hare see the Usual with recently added step by steps in this pattern library
Materials listed in order of tie in:
Hook Dry fly sizes vary to match naturals generally size 16 and smaller
Thread Danville's Brown 6/0 here
Rib: Fine wire, gold or copper 
Tail 3 pheasant tail fibers, do not cut butts.
Body Pheasant tail fiber butts from tail
Wing Hair from snowshoe hare’s foot
Thorax Dry Fly Dubbing, Super Fine Sulphur Orange for Sulphur Mayflies, Blue WIng Olive (brownish olive) for Blue WInged Olives and Pale Morning Dun ( dirty tannish green) for Pale Moring Duns
Head Thread
Special tying notes Rear half of fly is a Pheasant Tail Nymph. Front half represents the emerging mayfly dun crawling out of it's nymphal skin
If you try and find long hair by poking around on the outside of a hare's foot you may get frustrated. Much of the hair will be short. To get at the good stuff-- the longer hair on the bottom of a snowshoe hare’s foot, split the foot between the two bones that run lengthwise down the foot. You should be able to feel the two bones with your thumb. Here i placed a screwdriver between the two bones and gave it a whack with a hammer. You may have to do this 2 or 3 times at different places to split it completely Click the image to open in full size.
Here's a closer pic of a split hare's foot (right) showing improved access to the longer hair on the bottom of the foot, next to an unsplit foot (left) Click the image to open in full size.
Tie on Thread Click the image to open in full size.
Tie on 3 Pheasant Tail fibers, tips extending to rear of fly 1/2 shank length for tail. Do not trim butts, these will be wound up shank to form abdomen. Click the image to open in full size.
Tie in fine wire for rib Click the image to open in full size.
Wind forward the uncut butts from the 3 pheasant tail fibers (that were used for the tail) to form abdomen over rear 3/4 of shank Click the image to open in full size.
Trim butts of pheasant tail fibers and counterrib wire Click the image to open in full size.
Cut a clump of hair from the bottom of a snowshoe hare's foot. Measure hair length of snowshoe hare to 1 shank length and tie in over thorax with tips extending towards rear of fly. Click the image to open in full size.
Trim butts of snowshoe hare and form a thread base over thorax to receive dubbing Click the image to open in full size.
Apply dubbing to thread Sulphur Orange Superfine is used here Click the image to open in full size.
Dub thorax. Note some of the wraps will take you rearwards over a bit of the peacock herl body so that the abdomen forms about 60% of the body instead of the 75% formed earlier, and the thorax will cover 40% of the rest of the body excluding the eye width of bare shank reserved for the head Click the image to open in full size.
Pull hair forward over top of thorax and tie down Click the image to open in full size.
Take a couple of wraps immediately in front of and tight against the wing to prop it up a bit. Form a neat head, whip finish and you're done Click the image to open in full size.
Target species Trout, should work on panfish too
Fishing notes An easy to tie and durable pattern that sits flush in the film and. Vary shades and hook sizes of natural and dyed snowshoe hare for the wing and and dubbing for the thorax to imitate the naturals of hatches in your area. This type of pattern is a good choice for Pale Morning Duns and Blue Wing Olives as well as Sulphurs.
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By s fontinalis on 12-14-2011, 02:44 PM
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Nice looking fly, i'll have to get some tied up for the spring.
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By jaybo41 on 12-16-2011, 06:50 PM
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Default Re: Pheasant and Hare Sulphur Emerger SBS

Excellent tutorial peregrines! Thanks for putting this together. I tied a similar pattern last year which was very effective the only difference is you went Hare and I went CDC. I like your choice of material, much more durable. Thanks for putting another fly on my list to tie up for next spring
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By rockhunter on 01-18-2012, 01:03 AM
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Great looking fly
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By Pocono on 01-18-2012, 05:36 AM
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Nice looking fly, Mark! And great SBS tutorial!

Pocono
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By goldenflies on 06-25-2013, 09:02 PM
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Looks like I am gonna have to give this one a try. Sharp looking fly and details!!
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By mcnerney on 06-25-2013, 09:23 PM
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Yes, I agree, Mark did some nice work with that SBS, I sure wish he would join back on the forum, he is dearly missed by a lot of folks that got to know him.
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