Updated Munn Lake Catch Record Form

The Munn Lake Catch Record Form has gotten a face lift!

The new form should be a bit easier to use with its drop down menus to select # of fish caught.

There are new sections added for cutthroat trout and warmwater species.

Also a place to add # of anglers on the lake.

WDFW really appreciates the feedback, so keep them coming!


January 2016 Garden Hackle

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CREEK ADDICT by Skip Morris

I was raised on creek fishing. I used bait, and then spinners and spoons, and then at the advanced age of about twelve or thirteen, flies. So, now that I’ve hit 60, creeks are for me a very old habit.
I return to creeks every year, but not really out of nostalgia (though there’s a touch of that each time)--I do so simply because I’ve felt again the urge to wade and cast in a beautiful miniature world, shut away for a few hours from the great wide world and even from other fly fishers (other than my fishing partner of the day). Creeks offer a privacy no river--and certainly no lake or saltwater bay--can match. When I’m looking upstream and see only clear, tumbling water split by boulders and lazing through pools, framed by green ferns and green forest, the line of the creek turning out of view only a modest cast away, I remember why I’ve returned. A hundred feet up and down the creek there may be other anglers, but it doesn’t matter--a hundred feet, a hundred miles, they’re out of sight and completely out of my mind. This is a sense of isolation I can’t find on the Henry’s Fork or the Deschutes--magnificent as both are--and sometimes it’s comforting.
Creeks are nearly always beautiful. Most of our Pacific Northwest creeks tumble and stall and tumble again through forest while a few glide gently through meadows. Back high in the mountains they may be washed clean along their broad edges by runoff, receding in summer to thread as trickles down the centers of their stony highways. Desert creeks are a whole other matter. I haven’t fished many in Washington and Oregon, but a few of those I have fished held some large trout amid the tumbleweeds and powdery dust, the richness of the arid country combined with cold water from springs or mountain headwaters.
But on the whole, our Northwest creeks, like most others I’ve fished across North America, produce small trout. Six- or seven-inchers are typical, and in many of our creeks a twelve-incher is a trophy. On the west side, most of these are hungry, fit, perfect coastal cutthroat trout with yellowy flanks and scarlet jaw-slashes and black spots everywhere. And to the best of my knowledge, they are always wild fish. They’ll smack down a dry fly with conviction and come to a nymph sometimes even better. They are rarely moody. On the east side they may be rainbows or cutthroats, and if they're provided a generous supply of food--which over there they sometimes are--they can afford to pick and choose, making our job as fly fishers more challenging. That brings its own appeal.
I go to most of these creeks with a short, light rod and a single box of flies, just as I have for the better part of 50 years. To the rich creeks where just the right nymph or emerger-fly may be required, I bring it all--a vest-full of flies and tippets.
If my joints and my heart carry me through another 10 or 15 years of breaking through brush and scaling down into and up out of rugged creek canyons, I’ll be grateful, and I’ll keep going back.

by Skip Morris
Web-site: www.skip-morris-fly-tying.com

Wet Flies by Bob Petti

Here is a great article on wet flies.  Thanks John, great find!


Wet Flies


November 2013 Garden Hackle

Here is the November Garden Hackle. Enjoy!

Come to the meeting on November 19th, We will have SSFF Growlers!

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All Things Cutthroat


Were gearing up to start our November sea run cutthroat conservation fundraiser this weekend.  So to get us in the mood here is a collection of all the posts and articles that have something to do with sea runs. This list is mostly made up for flies for sea run cutthroat. They are definitely flies that should be in your box!



The Graveyard Shift- An article about night fishing on a South Sound beach.


Beach fishing with dry flies-


Spawning Survey


Keta Rose


Midnight Euphasiid


The Tube Clouser


Ferguson Green and Silver


Marabou Clouser


Delia's Ghost


Little Stone's Chum Baby


The Guide Fly


The South Sound Finn



Garden Hackle October 2013

Here's your October Garden Hackle.

Lots of things going on the next couple of months.

October 12th is the Nisqually River Clean-up (details in hackle)

Donations for the SSFF sea-run cutthroat projects are now being accepted. Donate $15 or more and recieve a 32oz growler!

Hope to see you at the meeting.

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Minke: A Fishing Multi-Tool on Kickstarter

Crowdfunding via Kickstarter and Indiegogo has hit its stride. While I'm still on the fence on whether it will withstand commercial spoilage and continue to be a viable way of funding your startup, it is definitely the current trend in getting some cash to further your project.

Minke is a new project on Kickstarter that is fly fishing related! It is a fishing multi tool that allows you to tie knots, thread hooks, cut line and clean hook eyes. There are already a few of these type of tools on the market, but none with the ergonomics the Minke has tried to build in. What do you think? Useful?  Being a part of the fishing consumer demographic, my opinion is that in this market a gimmick is very likely to be called out. Our gear has to be efficient, have stripped down practicality, and above all else be useful.  You can visit the project site and get the details.

Coastal Cutthroat Project

The South Sound Fly Fishers are launching a campaign in November to raise money for coastal cutthroat conservation projects here in the south sound.

September Program – Build Your own Pram!




Build your own pram or skiff

Some fly fishers tie their own flies, some build their own rods, a few of our club members have built their own prams. Join us on the 17th for a presentation by Joe Uhlman and a shipwright from the Tacoma Maritime Museum. Joe will talk about his experience building a pram with the help of shipwrights and the shipwright will talk about the facility made available for building one yourself. Several club member will have their prams at the meeting to check out including a 10’x5’ skiff.