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Hawley, PA  18428

Fly of the Month

October 2016


 BWO Last Chance Cripple


When fishing many local streams and rivers I've had good luck when the blue winged olive hatch comes on. At times the fish can become selective during a BWO hatch and you might have to try several styles of flies to see which stage the trout prefer. On occasion the fish like to key in on the cripples, this is when the last chance cripple pattern just might be the answer. Again if a low floating fly is needed trim a v notch in the hackle. Harrop's dubbing may be obtained from Trouthunter of Last Chance Idaho. (http://www.shop.trouthunt.com/)

Hook - Dry fly #14-20
Thread - Olive 8/0
Tail -Wood duck fibers

topped with Harrop's BWO dubbing filaments
Body - BWO turkey biot
Thorax - Harrop's BWO dubbing
Wing- 2or 3 dun cdc feathers tied cripple style
Hackle - Dun Grizzly



John Lazar

Fly tied by John Lazar



BWO Last Chance Cripple



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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