Fly-tying pro shares his tips

While salmon get much of the fishing publicity in Washington, there are plenty of good trout fishing spots.

South Sound trout anglers can learn about catching some of the state’s largest and unique trout at the Sept. 10 meeting of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers.

Henry Hoffman will be the guest speaker at the meeting. The Oregon resident is known for his development of fly-tying feathers. For that and other work, Hoffman was the Federation of Fly Fisher’s 2008 Buz Busek award winner, kind of like winning an Oscar, but for contributions to the art of fly tying.

His program will be about Washington’s extra large cutthroat and rainbow trout. He will talk about how and when to fish two of the state’s best known lakes, Lenore and Omak Lakes for Lahontan cutthroat trout.

The Lahontan trout in those lakes can reach up to 14 pounds. The state record Lahontan, weighing 18.04 pounds, was caught by Dan Beardslee on Omak Lake on July 1, 1993.

Hoffman also will talk about methods for fishing for the bruiser rainbow trout that weigh up to 29 pounds in Rufus Woods Lake. The lake was where the state record rainbow trout was caught Nov. 11, 2002, by Norm Butler. The fish weighed 29.6 pounds.

Hoffman’s presentation includes slides of maps and flies used.

The club meets 6-9 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Tacoma Elks, 1965 S. Union Ave., Tacoma. For information, go to