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Fly by Ronnie B. Goodwin

Ronnie B. Goodwin is an award winning film maker out of Scotland. You can check him out here. He also has a passion for fly fishing which he shows us in his video modestly titled


. Very nice video. Simple, clean yet exciting.

FLY from Ronnie B. Goodwin on Vimeo.

Bidasoa Trouts by flymage

Here is another clip from across the pond. Produced by Flymage in Norther Spain, this video shows some great water, beautiful scenery and some decent trout as well. Very classy. Flymage also publishes a fly fishing magazine and have an english version. Check it out, there are some great shots.

BIDASOA TROUTS from Flymage Magazine on Vimeo.

Hardcore Fly Tying by Chase Handcock

This fly tying video is...different, but interesting to say the least. When people think about fly tying not many people think, hardcore or headbanging scream your head off music. But hey, who are we to judge. This just goes to show that fly fishing isn't a sport for a bunch of old rich white guys anymore. The fly being tied here looks pretty fishy as well. The credits reference Blackfly Outfitters, which is a guide service and shop out of Jacksonville Florida, so I assume this is a saltwater fly for those waters. If you aren't digging the music just turn your speakers down and enjoy a good fly tie.

Hardcore Fly Tying 20 - Swamp Monkey from chase hancock on Vimeo.

Photo by Jason Small

Photo by Jason Small

Garden Hackle July 2011

The July Garden Hackle has been sent out.

Look inside to see...

Leland Miyawaki is comming to school us on SRC topwater action.
Info about the new website
Plans for future classes
Fly of the Month: Hex Cripple
How the Youth Academy went this year
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Fly of the Month: July 2011- Hex Cripple

Hexagenia Cripple

Hook: Daiichi 1720 #6
Tail/Body: Natural Ostrich Herl
Thorax: Yellow Deer Hair (spun)
Wing: Natural Deer Hair
Hackle: Yellow Grizzly
Thread: Yellow or Grey

If one was to create a Washington State fly fishing bucket list, fishing the hex hatch on Merrill Lake would surely be on such a list. The opportunity to throw size 4 dry fly patterns at big browns is a thrill in and of itself. Doing so in total darkness adds certain uniqueness to the experience that makes it a must do trip.
The peculiarity of the Merrill Lake hex hatch has fostered a sort of “cult following”, where hearty (or maybe misguided) souls meet at the boat launch just before dusk. Here they will exchange small talk, maybe a pattern or two, then head out on their float tubes, pontoon boats and car toppers to find a spot on the lake and wait for the darkness to fill in the landscape. As the sun drops below the horizon, one of the biggest of all mayflies, Hexagenia limbata, start coming off the water.
Brown trout emboldened by the cover of darkness and 2 inch long protein snacks emerging on the surface, throw caution to the wind and will take imitations readily. One great imitation to use is a Hexagenia cripple.
This pattern is based on a standard mayfly cripple pattern like the Quigley’s Cripple. This pattern is designed to look like an emerging mayfly or one that is sort of stuck between phases and has either died or will shortly here after, (hence the name cripple). Sometimes trout key in on these “crippled” mayflies because they are a guaranteed meal. Using a cripple pattern can be very effective especially during a heavy hatch.
To tie this fly, start by creating a tail with the ends of 2 ostrich herls. A good trick is to leave your thread at the tail tie-in point, then palmer the herl up the shaft and then wrap the thread through the herl to reinforce it. The thorax is spun deer hair. Spinning deer hair is definitely a more technical technique but not impossible. Get a book or do a little searching on the internet and you should be able to find enough instruction to get you on your way.
Here you will want to tie your thread off and trim your deer hair to the shape you want, then tie your thread back on and finish the fly with the deer hair wing and a few wraps of hackle.
When on the water only the hackle and wing should be dressed with floatant. This fly is made to sit almost vertical in the water, and it doesn’t hurt for it to sink a few inches.
Tie a few for your box and enjoy. Don’t forget to bring a head lamp.

Spey Casting Class – two spots still open

Don't forget to sign up for the spey class! This class is limited
to four participants and two of the spots are already filled,
so if you are interested in learning about Spey Casting get
a hold of Chuck right away. This class will be held on three
evenings – July 21, 26 & 28 – at Wapato Lake which is
just off I-5 at 72nd street in south Tacoma.

This class is being offering at a tremendous bargain. The fee is $25 and
if you attend all three classes you will receive ½ of your
class fee back. In addition all class fees will be donated to
our club’s conservation fund.

Chuck Pfeil
SSFF Education