President: Wayne Dixon   A US Air Force veteran of 24 years. I live in Olympia Washington and currently work in the mental health field. I am the current President of South Sound Fly Fishers and work closely with organizations such as Project Healing Waters, and Casting for a cure. I am also Owner of Dixon Fly Company. Although I have been fishing since I was 8, fly fishing is relatively a new sport to me. I first started while on a family vacation and I happened to pick up a fly rod without a clue on how to use it. I miraculously caught a trout on a fly the first time I tried and have been hooked ever since. I have continued my addiction for about 13 years. I love this sport and all that comes with it. Being a part of South Sound Fly Fishers has been a wonderful experience and I love to share my knowledge of Fly Fishing with others in hopes it changes their life the way it did mine.  Contact: (360) 701-7423

President: Wayne Dixon

A US Air Force veteran of 24 years. I live in Olympia Washington and currently work in the mental health field. I am the current President of South Sound Fly Fishers and work closely with organizations such as Project Healing Waters, and Casting for a cure. I am also Owner of Dixon Fly Company. Although I have been fishing since I was 8, fly fishing is relatively a new sport to me. I first started while on a family vacation and I happened to pick up a fly rod without a clue on how to use it. I miraculously caught a trout on a fly the first time I tried and have been hooked ever since. I have continued my addiction for about 13 years. I love this sport and all that comes with it. Being a part of South Sound Fly Fishers has been a wonderful experience and I love to share my knowledge of Fly Fishing with others in hopes it changes their life the way it did mine.

Contact: (360) 701-7423

Treasurer: Jim Maus   I have a passion for fly fishing and fly tying. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with those new to the sport. Some of my favorite places to fish are: South Puget Sound; Hood Canal; Yakima River; Madison River (inside Yellowstone Park); Lake Chopaka; Ascension Bay, Mexico; and Dry Falls Lake.  I’m a member of the South Sound Fly Fishing club in Olympia, WA and I’m currently serving as their Treasurer. I’m also a long time member and past President of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers club in Tacoma, WA (winner of the Fly Fishers Iinternational’s (FFI) 2008 McKenzie Cup). I am a life member of FFI. I’m currently serving on their Board of Directors as their Treasurer. I was honored to receive the FFI’s Fly Fisher of the Year award in August 2017. I’m obsessed with fly tying and have been teaching and demonstrating fly tying for over 20 years. I’m a charter member of the FFI’s Fly Tying Group. I have been actively involved with the Washington State Council of the FFI for over 25 years and have served as their VP of Communications; Senior Advisor; Treasurer; Secretary; Director at Large and as a National Director.  Contact Information:  Jim Maus- 253-732-5006  jimmaus@comcast.net

Treasurer: Jim Maus

I have a passion for fly fishing and fly tying. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and skills with those new to the sport. Some of my favorite places to fish are: South Puget Sound; Hood Canal; Yakima River; Madison River (inside Yellowstone Park); Lake Chopaka; Ascension Bay, Mexico; and Dry Falls Lake.

I’m a member of the South Sound Fly Fishing club in Olympia, WA and I’m currently serving as their Treasurer. I’m also a long time member and past President of the Puget Sound Fly Fishers club in Tacoma, WA (winner of the Fly Fishers Iinternational’s (FFI) 2008 McKenzie Cup). I am a life member of FFI. I’m currently serving on their Board of Directors as their Treasurer. I was honored to receive the FFI’s Fly Fisher of the Year award in August 2017. I’m obsessed with fly tying and have been teaching and demonstrating fly tying for over 20 years. I’m a charter member of the FFI’s Fly Tying Group. I have been actively involved with the Washington State Council of the FFI for over 25 years and have served as their VP of Communications; Senior Advisor; Treasurer; Secretary; Director at Large and as a National Director.

Contact Information:

Jim Maus- 253-732-5006

jimmaus@comcast.net

Weekday Outing: Max Doerge   Born and raised in the Northwest. Caught my first steelhead in the Chehalis River at twelve and that started it. Started fly fishing many years ago and then work seemed to take its place. After retirement, started again and had to learn about all the new rods, lines, leaders and new casting techniques. So much fun. One good thing was joining the fly club, meeting new people and learning new things. Hope I can pass a little of that forward. It’s not always the fishing and maybe catching one, but just getting out there.  Contact: 360-790-6613

Weekday Outing: Max Doerge

Born and raised in the Northwest. Caught my first steelhead in the Chehalis River at twelve and that started it. Started fly fishing many years ago and then work seemed to take its place. After retirement, started again and had to learn about all the new rods, lines, leaders and new casting techniques. So much fun. One good thing was joining the fly club, meeting new people and learning new things. Hope I can pass a little of that forward. It’s not always the fishing and maybe catching one, but just getting out there.

Contact: 360-790-6613

Garden Hackle Editor : Dave Field   Dave started catching trout in Lake Washington when he was four years old. At age six he was catching salmon in Puget Sound with his dad and granddad.  About 40 years ago Dave got into fly fishing when his young son caught a 14” Rainbow on a fly in the Okanogan. Since that time Dave has fished hundreds of streams and lakes in the northwest. He is happy to share his knowledge and experience with those interested in learning the art of fly fishing.  A member of SSFF since 1990 Dave has been involved with the Club’s many conservation projects in both fresh and saltwater.

Garden Hackle Editor : Dave Field

Dave started catching trout in Lake Washington when he was four years old. At age six he was catching salmon in Puget Sound with his dad and granddad.

About 40 years ago Dave got into fly fishing when his young son caught a 14” Rainbow on a fly in the Okanogan. Since that time Dave has fished hundreds of streams and lakes in the northwest. He is happy to share his knowledge and experience with those interested in learning the art of fly fishing.

A member of SSFF since 1990 Dave has been involved with the Club’s many conservation projects in both fresh and saltwater.

Social Media/Outreach: Kody Elzinga   Born and Raised in Northern Michigan. Kody grew up fishing trout streams and chasing steelhead. Multiple moves have brought Kody to the tailgaters of Colorado, saltwater of Florida, and warm water of Indiana. Now a resident of the PNW. Kody spends most of his time chasing alpine lake trout and costal cutthroats  Contact: 231-233-6101.

Social Media/Outreach: Kody Elzinga

Born and Raised in Northern Michigan. Kody grew up fishing trout streams and chasing steelhead. Multiple moves have brought Kody to the tailgaters of Colorado, saltwater of Florida, and warm water of Indiana. Now a resident of the PNW. Kody spends most of his time chasing alpine lake trout and costal cutthroats

Contact: 231-233-6101.

Membership Chair: Randy Allan   Randy has been a member of South Sound Fly Fishers since moving to Olympia in 2002. He enjoys teaching casting to beginners. He loves to see it come together when students competently cast and catch their first fish on a fly. If they built the rod and tied the fly it’s even more rewarding!

Membership Chair: Randy Allan

Randy has been a member of South Sound Fly Fishers since moving to Olympia in 2002. He enjoys teaching casting to beginners. He loves to see it come together when students competently cast and catch their first fish on a fly. If they built the rod and tied the fly it’s even more rewarding!


Conservation Chair: Ben Dennis   As a third generation Washingtonian and long time fly fisher, Ben is dedicated to educating future fly-fishers to this art, including conserving and restoring our threatened watersheds, streams, lakes, fish and wildlife.  Ben is currently a Board Member of the South Sound Fly Fishers. He enjoys studying the history of fly fishing and has a nicely rounded library of historical fly fishing manuscripts and other publications.  He is very involved in teaching fly casting for the SSFF. In addition he started the Jubilee Fly Fishers in Hawks Prairie, instructing members in all aspects of the sport starting at square one from gearing up, through tying flies, and fly casting to deliver their flies successfully to the awaiting fish.

Conservation Chair: Ben Dennis

As a third generation Washingtonian and long time fly fisher, Ben is dedicated to educating future fly-fishers to this art, including conserving and restoring our threatened watersheds, streams, lakes, fish and wildlife.

Ben is currently a Board Member of the South Sound Fly Fishers. He enjoys studying the history of fly fishing and has a nicely rounded library of historical fly fishing manuscripts and other publications.

He is very involved in teaching fly casting for the SSFF. In addition he started the Jubilee Fly Fishers in Hawks Prairie, instructing members in all aspects of the sport starting at square one from gearing up, through tying flies, and fly casting to deliver their flies successfully to the awaiting fish.

Secretary: Mark J. Brownell   I grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and learned to fly-fish as a teenager; I use to wet-wade rivers on hot August afternoons targeting smallmouth bass and bluegill. A career in the Navy interrupted much of my fishing opportunities for over twenty years, although I did try to pick up a rod occasionally during trips back to PA. For my last active-duty tour, the Navy took me to Idaho where I learned to tie flies and chase cutthroat trout. Currently I work for the State of Washington and try to work in fishing opportunities whenever possible, although I also spend a ton of time snowboarding, skiing, kayaking, hiking, golfing and gardening.

Secretary: Mark J. Brownell

I grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and learned to fly-fish as a teenager; I use to wet-wade rivers on hot August afternoons targeting smallmouth bass and bluegill. A career in the Navy interrupted much of my fishing opportunities for over twenty years, although I did try to pick up a rod occasionally during trips back to PA. For my last active-duty tour, the Navy took me to Idaho where I learned to tie flies and chase cutthroat trout. Currently I work for the State of Washington and try to work in fishing opportunities whenever possible, although I also spend a ton of time snowboarding, skiing, kayaking, hiking, golfing and gardening.