Club News For August

The Board hopes that everyone has enjoyed the summer thus far and has many a opportunity to enjoy hooking into a trout or two. We are now heading into the second half of the year and there are a couple of things to start thinking about. First, the Clubs annual auction will soon be upon us and it is time to start thinking about donations. If you are interested in donating items or tying a few dozen of flys, please contact Norm Primc or bring the items to one of the monthly meetings. Norm would like to have all the items received by the November meeting. The auctions has always a great time so please mark your calendars for the December meeting. Look for further details at upcoming Club meetings.

The second item is that it is again time to consider nominations for one of the Club Officer positions. If you are interested in filling one of the Board positions please contact Eric Sauer, our Club President. Officer positions include, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee, Publisher and Guilly. In addition, the Board is seeking an individual that might be interested in managing the Club's website. If you are interested please contact Eric Sauer.

Upcoming Club Outings:

For August, the only outing scheduled so far is the fishing at Picnic Point during the upcoming meeting. However, we are looking for someone to sponsor an additional outing in August. If you are interested in leading a trip down one of the local rivers or have an idea for a great weekend trip, please contact Fran Fatigati at or at 425-485-1975. Since we are in the age of e-mail I can distribute a message to most of the members quickly. The September outing will be on Saturday, the 25th. The trip is sponsored by Dan Reynolds and is a fun filled day of fishing for silvers on the Stillaguamish River. If you are interested please contact Dan Reynolds or sign up at the August meeting. The October outing will again be a week of fishing for steelhead on the Grand Rande river in Idaho. If you are interested in learning more about this outing, please contact Don Summers or Steve Murray. Don will be on the river for most of the month of October and Im sure he would love the company.

June Meeting

It has been a while since we last met but during the June meeting we welcomed a number of guests and new members. The Club would like to welcome our newest members - Dick Simons and Bryan Stewart. Both gentleman are avid fishermen and are looking forward to participating in some of the upcoming club outings. The Club would also like to thank Dan Wilson for taking the time to participate in our June meeting and learn what the club is all about. We hope to see Dan at future meetings and welcome him as a new member.

For those members who could not make the June meeting, the guest speaker was Michael Bennett, owner of Pacific Fly Fishers. Pacific Fly Fishers is a local fly shop located in Mill Creek. Michael spoke on fly fishing for sea run cutt throat trout in the Puget Sound. It was a very interesting presentation on the various things you need to consider when venturing out on the sound for a day of fishing. Pacific Fly Fishers offers numerous seminars on fly casting, fly fishing and fly tying. If you want to learn more about what PFF has to offer, logon to


Reminder that the August meeting will be Wednesday, the 11th at Picnic Point. In addition, the August Board meeting will be Wednesday, August 25th at Alfys in Lynwood



Volume 4 Issue 8

August 2004

Text Box: Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds
Text Box: The Tightline

Club News


Upcoming Outings


New Members & Guests


Fly of the Month


Weekend Report


Article of Interest




This fly gained popularity within the Club due to its success at the Corbett Lake outing. Thanks to Club member John Conner, the following are the materials and instructions on how to tie this very attractive fly.


Dumb Blond Fly Pattern


 Size 8 TMC 5212 Hook

 Danville 3/0 Monocord Light Olive

 Polypropylene wing post of either white or light pink

 Olive Krystal Flash

 Peacock Herl

 Olive Dubbing

 White 1/16 packing foam

 Montana Fly Wing Material, Plain Web 672

 Mule Dear, Natural

 Speckled Olive Centipede Legs

 Grizzly Olive Hackle


Step 1.  Start the thread on the hook and tie in the wing post at about  of the way back from the eye.


Step 2Wrap the thread back to the bend of the hook and tie in 2 or 3 strands of the Krystal flash such that there is about a hook length behind the bend of the hook and leave enough to wrap the body later.


Step 3.  Tie in 2 or 3 pieces of peacock herl at the end of the shank to form the egg sack.  Leave the Krystal flash trailing out the back.


Step 4. Dub the body forward to the wing post with a slender tight body of 3/16 diameter.  Polmer the Krystall flash that was left forward of the egg sack around the body to the wing post.


 Step 5.  Cut strips of the wing material and packing material and round one end in a half circle and the other in a


v.  Place them on top of each other with the white packing material on the bottom in at the base of the wing.  The wings should extend about of the hook length behind the bend of the hook.


Step 6.  Tie end a clump of deer hair behind the wing post that extends to the bend of the hook. 


Step 7.  Tie in the Legs on each side of the thorax.  Trim now or after the fly is finished.


Step 8.  Tie in the hackle at the base of the post and dub the thorax.


Step 9.  Tie the hackle in as a parachute and then tie the thread off at the eye and apply head cement. 


Fly of the Month

Fishing opportunities are also shifting to a new phase with the approach of September. Catch rates are rising in the Buoy 10 salmon fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River, prompting WDFW to limit anglers to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily bag limit effective Aug. 24 to avoid an early season closure. Coho salmon are also moving into the Strait of Juan de Fuca in growing numbers, boosting catch rates in Sekiu to nearly one fish per angler.

For freshwater anglers, late summer usually brings a new hatch of insects to boost fly-fishing for trout at hundreds of waters throughout the state. September 1 marks the shift of some fishing seasons most notably on steelhead trout in eastern Washington's mainstem Snake River from releasing all to keeping two steelhead a day. Also beginning Sept. 1, sturgeon in many parts of the Columbia River must be released and some lakes, rivers and streams close or switch to catch-and-release seasons. Fishers should check the WDFW Fishing in Washington pamphlet for all details. Other noteworthy items include the following:

 Fishing closure of Skykomish River near Reiter Ponds in effect until further notice. Beginning August 1st.

 Lake Wenatchee opens to sockeye fishing beginning July 24th.

 River (Skagit/Whatcom Co.) from mouth of Gilligan Creek to the Dalles Bridge at Concrete: Salmon fishing season is September 16th to December 31st.






If many anglers are cavalier in their dedication to clean reels, they are positively atrocious when it comes to the care and maintenance of their fly lines. With fly lines retailing for $25-$60 each, they cannot be regarded as a throwaway item. Clean lines cast, shoot, and float far better than their dirty counterparts, and I suspect there is a relationship between excessive guide wear and dirty lines. The accumulation of minerals, algae, and other detritus on the line has an abrasive effect on guides, as it continually saws through them, cast after cast. Dirt seems to build up quicker on limestone streams, whose vegetal and mineral content are far higher than freestone waters.

There is every reason, then, to be rigorous and regular about cleaning your lines, and I make it a point to clean mine at the conclusion of each visit to the stream. Simply strip off the first 40-50 feet (unless you are one of those rare people who actually fish more line), and wipe it dry with a soft cloth like a well-used bath towel. Treat it with the cleaner recommended by the manufacturer. I do not like to experiment with dressings not expressly recommended. Wipe off the cleaning compound thoroughly, since excess cleaner left on the line itself attracts dirt.

If it has been some time since you cleaned your line, you will probably marvel at how much pure crud was on it. You will also undoubtedly be surprised with the gain in performance it exhibits on your next visit to the water. Moreover, consistently taking care of your line will greatly increase its use life. Since I have become a near fanatic about line maintenance, I have experienced roughly double service from my lines.

The life of a fly line is a subject of some debate, but, based on conversations with line manufacturers, an angler can reasonably expect to receive between 200 and 300 hours of use from a line before it needs to be replaced. The first signs that a line is worn out are the cracks and checks in the coating that are inevitable after extended use. Once this process begins, it is time to buy and install a new line, and winter, not your first trip of the year, is the time to make the change.

Maintaining A Healthy Fly Line

Club Meetings :

2nd Wednesday of every month @

South County Senior Center

220 Railroad Ave.

Edmonds, WA

Social Hour 6:00PM

Dinner 7:00 PM



Club Board Meetings :

4th Wednesday of every month @



196th Avenue

Lynwood, WA

Dinner 7:00 PM