Most of us know how to tie a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear. Some say it is the best universal nymph in your arsenal of patterns. I, as most everyone else, tie mine using the packaged dubbing material indicating natural hares ear. One day I was kind'a bored so I decided to tie a GRHE using a bunny face with ears. I followed the original instructions for tying a GRHE (except for the gold oval tinsel... I used flat tinsel). I was shocked when I compared the pattern to a store bought GRHE. When tied using the hare mask and cutting the dubbing from the ears, the fly ended up much darker than the version sold at stores. The pattern sold at stores was made with the packaged dubbing and not the hair from the hares ear. Sure enough, I looked at the patterns I had tied using the packaged dubbing and they were much lighter in color than the pattern tied using the hair from the ears. Not only that, the texture of the pattern tied with the natural hares ear hair is much more coarse. This is a store bought pattern sold as a Gold Ribbed Hares Ear: This is a pattern tied using the materials as indicated for an actual Gold Ribbed Hares Ear: There's a significant difference in the colors of the patterns. As I discovered this difference many years ago, I tried using both the darker GRHE and the patterns tied with the packaged dubbing at a stillwater fishery. The darker fly, using the original recipe for the pattern, did indeed catch more fish than the pattern tied with the packaged dubbing. The devil is in the details. So, when you use the packaged "hares ear" dubbing, are you really tying a genuine GRHE?