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Fly of the Month March 2013: Serendipity



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Hook: TMC 2457 #14-20

Thread: Uni-thread 6/0-8/0 to match body

Body: Z-Lon twisted into a cord color to match the hatch

Thorax: White or natural deer hair


Spring! Trust me, even though it still looks like winter in the Northwest, its coming. Spring is an exciting time for the Northwest angler. The search for the elusive chum fry hatch begins, rivers and lakes start to come alive and bygone-it you can still feel your fingers after a couple hours of fishing.The big meaty dragonfly and damselfly nymphs are contemplating their suicide mission towards the lakeshore and that is definitely something to look forward to, but we cannot forget what has kept us sane through the winter. Ah, the ever so unappreciated midge/chironomid, blasphemy in some circles, godlike in others.  Whichever circle you hang your rod in; imitating chironomids doesn’t necessarily have to involve drowning 18 feet of leader.

The Serendipity is a pattern designed to imitate a midge or chironomid emerging from its pupa. It was developed by Ross Marigold in the 1980’s. There are many variations to this pattern, including a bead head version, but it is mainly the Z-Lon twisted and then wrapped that is the common “thread” of all these patterns.

This pattern is definitely a must have in your lake and stream fishing box. Happy tying.

Garden Hackle: March 2013

Here is the March Newsletter.

2013 GH logo

Hope to see you at the meeting.


Price Lake Outing

We are holding an outing at Price Lake on the last Saturday of April. (thats April 27th)

This outing has become a bit of a tradition for us at South Sound Fly Fishers. The last two times we have done this outing, we all had outstanding times.

The plan is the same as before. If you would like to come, sign up at the general meeting on Tuesday, or email Ryan at [email protected]

Even if you decide to come spur of the moment thats okay too. We will all meet up in Hoodsport at the Hoodsport Grocery store. We will need to park a few cars on the South side of the store, and car pool up because there is limited space up by the lake. This lake is only fishable by a floating device such as a pontoon boat, float tube or small lightweight car topper boat. It is a bit of a hike into the lake so make sure it is light enough to carry.

For more info on the lake and how to fish it, here are a few references

Price Lake Takle, Bugs & Misc - By Mel Hurd

Deer Hair Dragon - By Ryan Haseman

Marabou Damsel- By Ryan Haseman

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