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 Iingernational’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 Iingernational’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.

Outings Chair: Jim McAlister   Jim McAlister has lived in Olympia all of his life. Jim grew up on coopers point for 13 years on the water and moved to Scott lake after. Jim has been fly fishing for the last 15 years and is an avid fly tier. Jim continues to attend the Ellensburg expo 8 time. Jim has been a leader as the outings chair for 10 years and has been a great teacher and inspiration of this program. Jim has initiated the indoor outings in March. Jim fishes all species depending on the season, whatever water is available and has therefore become proficient at tying a variety of flies. From saltwater flies to freshwater flies, Jim has them all in his box. Jim was instrumental in getting the Oly women on the fly co-outings and continues to bridge the relationship for two great clubs. Currently Jim is working on a project with state parks for an enhancement project with the hidden ponds by Millersylvania Park in conjunction with the youth academy and TU.

Outings Chair: Jim McAlister

Jim McAlister has lived in Olympia all of his life. Jim grew up on coopers point for 13 years on the water and moved to Scott lake after. Jim has been fly fishing for the last 15 years and is an avid fly tier. Jim continues to attend the Ellensburg expo 8 time. Jim has been a leader as the outings chair for 10 years and has been a great teacher and inspiration of this program. Jim has initiated the indoor outings in March. Jim fishes all species depending on the season, whatever water is available and has therefore become proficient at tying a variety of flies. From saltwater flies to freshwater flies, Jim has them all in his box. Jim was instrumental in getting the Oly women on the fly co-outings and continues to bridge the relationship for two great clubs. Currently Jim is working on a project with state parks for an enhancement project with the hidden ponds by Millersylvania Park in conjunction with the youth academy and TU.

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.

John Sabo: Fundraising   John Sabo joined the club in January 2009. John loves fly fishing streams and rivers for Rainbows and Cutthroat trout. You might also find him out fishing for Bass and Perch during the hot summer days.  John has been on the SSFF Board of Directors since 2011 as Fundraising Chair. This includes running the monthly raffle at club meetings and events. He has also been in charge of the last three club dinner auctions. John has become the club’s tailgate party organizer at the various fishing events conducted at Munn Lake.  He also does a great job setting up and then closing the meeting room at our monthly club meetings at the North Olympia Fire Department.  John thanks all the members that support the monthly raffle. He offers a special thank you to the members that participate in the club auction/potluck and other fundraising efforts helping the club with its mission of conservation and fly fishing education.

John Sabo: Fundraising

John Sabo joined the club in January 2009. John loves fly fishing streams and rivers for Rainbows and Cutthroat trout. You might also find him out fishing for Bass and Perch during the hot summer days.

John has been on the SSFF Board of Directors since 2011 as Fundraising Chair. This includes running the monthly raffle at club meetings and events. He has also been in charge of the last three club dinner auctions. John has become the club’s tailgate party organizer at the various fishing events conducted at Munn Lake.

He also does a great job setting up and then closing the meeting room at our monthly club meetings at the North Olympia Fire Department.

John thanks all the members that support the monthly raffle. He offers a special thank you to the members that participate in the club auction/potluck and other fundraising efforts helping the club with its mission of conservation and fly fishing education.

Website/Social Media: Kody Elzinga   Hello. My name is Kody. I grew up in Northern Michigan fishing for trout on small streams. I have been fortunate to live all over the U.S and have developed a love for fishing from tropical saltwater to alpine mountain lakes. I currently live in Olympia and enjoy chasing around cutthroat and salmon in the Puget Sound.

Website/Social Media: Kody Elzinga

Hello. My name is Kody. I grew up in Northern Michigan fishing for trout on small streams. I have been fortunate to live all over the U.S and have developed a love for fishing from tropical saltwater to alpine mountain lakes. I currently live in Olympia and enjoy chasing around cutthroat and salmon in the Puget Sound.


Program Chair: Gene Rivers  Fly fishing and fly tying are passions I have enjoyed since my college days. I have served as President for both the South Sound Fly Fishers (2017) and the Puget Sound Fly Fishers (1979-80). I am also a longtime member of Fly Fishing International. Currently I am serving as the Program Chair for the South Sound Flyfishers.  My current fishing interests are stillwater flyfishing our local lakes. I also enjoy pestering the Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Sea-Run cutthroat) and resident Coho salmon. I also fish British Columbia for Kamloops trout and Central Oregon’s lakes and streams plus Montana’s numerous blue ribbon trout streams. I am happy to discuss fishing opportunities and tactics for these fisheries.  If you are interested in learning how and where to go fly fishing the South Sound Fly Fishers is a great resource. Consider joining our friendly and knowledgeable group.

Program Chair: Gene Rivers

Fly fishing and fly tying are passions I have enjoyed since my college days. I have served as President for both the South Sound Fly Fishers (2017) and the Puget Sound Fly Fishers (1979-80). I am also a longtime member of Fly Fishing International. Currently I am serving as the Program Chair for the South Sound Flyfishers.

My current fishing interests are stillwater flyfishing our local lakes. I also enjoy pestering the Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Sea-Run cutthroat) and resident Coho salmon. I also fish British Columbia for Kamloops trout and Central Oregon’s lakes and streams plus Montana’s numerous blue ribbon trout streams. I am happy to discuss fishing opportunities and tactics for these fisheries.

If you are interested in learning how and where to go fly fishing the South Sound Fly Fishers is a great resource. Consider joining our friendly and knowledgeable group.