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Fly of the Month

August 2016

  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.

Hook - Dry fly #12-18
Thread - Rusty brown 8/0
Tail - Wood duck fibers;

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.



Hook  :  Dry fly; #10, 2xl and 3xl

Tail  :  Natural deer hair

Wing  :  Natural deer hair

Body  :  Yellowish dubbing

Legs  :  Medium tan centipede legs (optional)

Alan Bowers

Fly tied by John Lazar



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