I have a coffee grinder for mixing dubbing, they are cheap, but when I tie the Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear I leave all the mask intact and snip different parts for the fly. I think it's the best way to get the variegated color scheme that is so attractive to this particular fly.

Starting with the tail, I snip the spiky tri-color guard hair on the face right down to the skin and with a tight hold on the tips, pull loose the underfur. This underfur is used in the next step of the fly ...the body.

For the thorax, I use what's left and hand mix some of the dark spiky fur from the ear and face, and to bind it, some of the soft brown fur around the cheeks.

Here's what I wind up with.