Conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold water fisheries and their
Fly of the Month
Rusty Last Chance Cripple
If you've ever visited the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, especially the Harriman
Ranch section, you discovered what technical fishing can be. I've tried my hand there
several times with fellow TU members Al Bowers and Paul Kurinec. Fishing the Henry's
Fork, which has been called the world's largest spring creek, is truly an education
when pursuing the big rainbow trout that reside there. Rene Harrop, who considers
this his home water, has come up with several innovative patterns for its tough fishing.
I believe his Last Chance Cripple patterns can also be used to match several hatches
on our local streams and rivers. This pattern is tied for the many rust dun flies
that emerge on our waters.
topped with Harrop's rust brown dubbing filaments Body - Rust brown turkey biot Thorax
- Harrop's Rusty brown dubbing Wing - 2 or 3 dun cdc feathers tied cripple style Hackle
- Dun grizzly
If you need a more flush floating pattern, cut a v notch in the hackle.
Dubbing used can be obtained from Trouthunter (www.shop.trouthunt.com)
Rusty Last Chance
The Lacky Sunken Stone is a variation of a salmon fly pattern created by the late
Nick Nicklas of West Yellowstone MT. Nick's pattern was tied with an orange body
on a 6xl hook in sizes 4 and 6. He also tied golden stones on size 8 hooks. Fortunately
we don't need such large flies to imitate the good yellow stonefly hatches that we
usually see during May and June on the Lackawaxen. We've slightly modified Nick's
original to match our stones. The original was tied without legs and is quite effective
that way. The fly is essentially several elk hair caddis tied in succession along
the hook with rubber legs tied in "X" style as shown in the picture. Begin by tying
in the deer hair tail (which actually imitates the extended wing of the natural),
cover the butts of the hair with dubbing. Tie in a clump of deer hair so that the
tips reach back to approximately the middle of the preceding clump. Cover the butts
with dubbing and keep repeating the process until you reach the eye of the hook.
The last clump is finished off by trimming the butts as shown. If using the legs
tie them in at the next to last clump. Cover the tie in with dubbing and proceed
to the final clump.