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Discussing fishing flies, trout flies, salmon flies, fly fishing gear and equipment, Idaho and Montana fishing rivers, NW rivers, fly tying and fly fishing trips. Over 50 years experience in fly fishing, best flies, fly tying, fly fishing techniques, fish stories, directions to rivers and lakes and great fly fishing tall tales with special communications from area guides.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Taylor's Fork of the Gallatin River

Great little river for the discerning Idaho Fly Fisher.




About 1 1/2 hours south of Belgrade, MT.

Hard takes, tight lines.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:   Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway  
     Elk River - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Fire, Fire, Everywhere a Fire


Just returned from the West Yellowstone area. Photo above was taken off of the Cache Creek Road just above the Taylor Fork of the Gallatin River. There are wildfires everywhere in the West again this year. You can see a little haze here even.

Sorry for my lack of posts, but just lost my younger brother (sad) in July and have been dealing with his protracted illness for several months--therefore my blog has been neglected. The scenery was breathtaking at the 8,000 feet where we camped, but the fishing was poor. Also just returned from the Lochsa River in central Idaho where the fishing was fair. After one more day of work, and I will be headed up to Fernie, BC, Canada to float the Elk River with my other brother and friends. Looking forward to a great trip!

Spoke with an avid fisher from Alberta, Canada the other day and he was just down on the Big Hole in Montana and said they did quite good. That's fishing for you.

Right now there are some horrendous fires in the NW as usual for this time of year. It quit raining about 4-5 weeks ago and turned "bone" dry. Add to this extreme heat with "dry" lightning and you have a real "powder keg". A fire is burning right now about 3.5 miles from my house. It is in rugged terrain and the smoke jumpers say it is too risky to fight right now. 600+ acres with no access. Hopefully will not head my way and we'll get some rain.

Anyway, hopefully a more encouraging fish report from BC will follow soon and we'll get some rain.

Hard takes and tight lines. Carpe diem. Go Idaho fly fishing soon.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Life is Short
     Montana Grand Slam
     Montana Trifecta
     Moyie River - What, where, when - Idaho
     Moyie - Why Not?


Saturday, July 28, 2018

St. Joe in August

Guys,

Here is the tally thus far:
August PARTICIPANTS ST. JOE RIVER TRIP: (9)
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Fly Fishing Duane (Psycho) (duane@drduanegreen.com) - Washington
Fly Fishing Harold (Stretch) (hsiglar@yahoo.com) - Kansas
Fly Fishing Larry (Professor) (larryjay49@gmail.com) - Washington
Fly Fishing Paul (Hopper) (pauldspeer@gmail.com) - Pennsylvania
Fly Fishing Mike (LA) Tate (miketate9@gmail.com) - Louisiana
Fly Fishing Larry (OK $) (lgill@firstfinservices.com) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Jack (YSF) (idahoangler@live.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Mike (Sagle) (msimpfendorfer@gmail.com) - Idaho

We are at 9 for sure and I know of at least two others thinking about it and checking their schedules. Father / son team. I am not bringing raft because mostly a wade area. Vehicle more important. But I am bringing a pontoon and so is Kevin. Paul and Mike T floating one day and so are Devon L and Harold. I will probably float along side. Personally I would like to try the north fork north of Avery at least one day. Kevin wants to go up high to the east toward Montana.

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Paul text the other day and said he had taken care of one cabin for two. Spoke with Larry yesterday and he and Duane are probably going to camp. Larry has two large tents which will sleep at least 3 in each and my RV will sleep 3+. Kevin said something about camping as well but my guess is he may go up high. Would like to centralize meals around Avery that way group can float (usually below), fish north fork to north and go up high to east during days. Could get another cabin if necessary. Please communicate amongst yourselves.

Paul has again volunteered to cook if we all pitch in. Will be stopping in Spokane, Coeur d'Alene or St. Maries for groceries on the way out. I will be driving in. We will be bringing pontoons and RV and perhaps two vehicles. We can meet air travelers and help with groceries when going through CDA. Paul, Mike and Harold I believe will be renting small car (summer so don't need 4x4) at airport and driving over. Larry and Duane will be driving over. Should have plenty of vehicles to access wade spots. This is a very long river with multiple wading access points. 

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Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods, screaming reels and make sure your hiking/wading boots are fitting properly. PS-This is a re-post from 2016. No Joe trip planned this year yet. But may try in September. YSF.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: "Idaho River Maps & Fishing Guide 2015"
     BUCKET LIST ( ... of Fly Fishing)
     Bull River - Montana 
     Moyie River - Idaho
     Ride the BULL
     St. Joe River - Idaho

Friday, July 6, 2018

Get Ready Rumble

This is a re-post of an old one regarding my favorite fly this time of year. The "Stimulator" is fairly simple to tie, very effective in summer because it simulates grasshoppers, and can be tied in multiple colors. Common materials are used, so you need not buy exotic feathers/furs. Give it a try. I think you will agree it is a trout "catcher". Really great for one of the NW's most common and aggressive trout--the cutthroat trout.

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#1-Wrap thread length of hook and add hackle for tail.
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#2-Tie in hackle for body wrap.
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#3-Body dubbing of choice 2/3rd's of hook length.
That fly is the STIMULATOR! Here it is tied in the conventional yellow form but I often use gold. And I frequently find this color draws more strikes.
Stimulators mimic either salmon fliesstoneflies or hoppers or all three. Anyway you slice it, it really
is a GREAT fly.

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#4-Wrap hackle forward and secure.

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#5-Add Elk hair past tail & run hollow hairs forward. Secure
behind hook eye for added floatation.
It can be tied with any color dubbing so look carefully at your local flies particularly in the spring and early summer. But in fact they really work great most of the year.

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#6-Add more dubbing forward.
Can even change the color
or make two-tone.
Even in the fall, if you use smaller hooks, the fish believe they are the caddis you see on some warm fall days. Try size #14 nymph hook or smaller for the caddis. Here they are tied on #10 nymph hook which tends to be the optimum spring/summer size. 
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#7-Wrap GRIZZLY hackle forward and secure behind eye. Whip finish behind eye.
Good luck and enjoy.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and huge trout to all.

IdahoAngler@live.com 

Tags:  Kootenai Mega Moth
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Great Fly Fishing Rivers

Fly Fishing Rivers:  
     Big Horn River - Montana
     Big Wood River - Idaho
     Bitterroot, MT - Spring - Skwala
     Blue (Red / White ?) Ribbon Trout Streams
     Bow River, Alberta, Canada
     BUCKET LIST ( ... of Fly Fishing)
     Bull River - Montana * * * * * * *
     Bull River Montana Means HOGS
     Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Coeur d'Alene - Idaho's Year Round Fishery
     Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway 
     Elk River - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
     Idaho River Report 2017
     Idaho's 25,000 Miles of Water
     Kelly Creek, ID
     Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
     Kootenai River in August
     Kootenai River, MT Ramps
     Kootenai River - No Hoot Owl
     Kootenai River Photos 2017
     Lochsa River, ID
     Missouri River - Montana
     Moyie River - Idaho
     Moyie River Rainbow - July/August - NO
     Moyie River - Spring 2014
     Moyie River Bridge
     Moyie River Secrets (2017)
     My Bucket List
     Nantahala River - NC
     NW Montana Fly Fishing
     Priest River, ID
     Ride the BULL
     Snake River - ID / WA / WY
     Spring Run Off 2018
     St. Joe River in August
     St. Joe River - Idaho
     St. Regis River - Montana
     Teepee Creek, ID
     Think Trout
     Vermillion River - Montana
     Vermillion River - No Pressure

Questions?
Email: IdahoAngler@live.com
    

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Large Groups


My wife belonged to a riding club in Idaho. She no longer is the "trail boss". A few months ago, she became concerned about the group's size, which now exceeds 60 members. What she experienced were concerns that, due to varying desires and ability levels, she could no longer make the entire group happy. There were simply too many people. PS-She resigned on 6/22. Their loss. Her group consisted of migrants to our beautiful area from all areas of the country.

The same applies to our fly fishing group. If you go to the hover tab IDFFA Fishing Association at the top of page one, you will see that we now have 49 members form all over. Skills, levels of interest and economic means make planning Idaho fly fishing trips very difficult. Therefore, I have begun planning outings to different fisheries and each indivudual is responsible for making their own arrangements. This allows them to "opt out' if they don't like what is planned and to keep trips within their indivudual means. We also take into consideration suggestions for trips from our membership.

Clicking on the front page hover tab "Upcoming Trips" explains all trips planned for this year. We have had as many as 20 present on some trips. Suggested guide services, accomodations and licensing resources are all listed. We would love for others to join our organization and join us on our trips as well. Membership is FREE! All one needs is an interest in this facinating sport.

So zip me and email with your name, email address and home state. I would also like to have a brief "bio" if possible. Thus far no one has been denied entry. We figure that if you have an interest, you'll fit right in. We do not discriminate, so please consider joining. All of your information will remain confidential except email addresses as listed on the membership
page.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and remember "Life is Short"!





IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:   Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway 
     Elk River - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho

Friday, June 22, 2018

Life is Short

Just returned from visiting my brother who was born 2 1/2 years after me. He is suffering, I do mean suffering, from a fatal heart problem. I helped arrange some home health for him for what will probably be his last couple of months.


I still remember us playing cowboys and Indians and army as little children growing up in Atlanta. We would lie on our backs in our small front yard lawn and look up at thunderheads roll in during the summer evenings. We would play "War" during those rainy days and tell each other stories while lying in our bunk beds at night in out small bedroom. We would walk to school in the mornings together and play in the neighborhood yards where "old ladies" would come out an scold us for going onto their property.

We would pass by the local park where there was a poison ivy filled bank that my brother would roll down so he could get out of going to school for a few days. And boy was he successful! The local church where I got kicked out of the choir was also on the way as well. And our old elementary school is now a US post office.

We grew up, grew apart and went our separate ways. As our families grew, we would occasionally congregate at the then family homestead in Hartwell, GA on the lake. We would, including our children, have a really great time--but those days were short. Then we would part ways only to meet again for Thanksgiving or Christmas later that year. We finished college and grad school and almost never reconnected. As older adults, we rarely saw each other. Now he is dying and we have grown completely apart.

I really miss those days and my new Idaho fly fishing friends have only partially replaced my brother but they are dying too. The parents are gone, so my brother and I now have few reasons to see each other. Luckily, one of my daughters lives only a couple of hours north of him, so we did occasionally meet to rehash old times. I really have missed him.

Point of this catharsis is unclear. But don't let life get in the way of your family. It is possibly too late for me. Don't let it be for you. Now days, people live all over. Oh for the days of "Little House on the Prairie" when families lived in the same small town their entire lives. And oh, by the way, there were no cell phones or computers either.

Hard takes, tight lines. Go fly fishing as often as you can. Do not neglect your family. You never know when your or their last day has dawned. "Carpe diem qual minimum credula postero". " Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future".

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:   Fall Colors (Fall ID Fly Fishing) 
     Fishing Buddies
     "Fishing Trip Up Lightning Creek" - 1921
     Fish On