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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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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Life Is Really Short!

This was a thoughtful email.   
 
THE AUTHOR IS UNKNOWN. IT WAS FOUND IN THE BILLFOLD OF COACH PAUL "BEAR" BRYANT, ALABAMA, AFTER HE DIED IN 1982. 
 
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The only photo I could find of Paul "Bear" Bryant fishing. I'm sure he was fly fishing in a lake in Idaho and NOT Tuscaloosa, AL though.
                        
                                THE MAGIC BANK ACCOUNT
 
Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use. However, this prize has Rules:  
The set of Rules: 
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend it.
4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, "Game Over!" It can close the account, and you will not receive a new one.


fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysWhat would you personally do? You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for. Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself - right? You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?

ACTUALLY, THIS GAME IS REAL! Each of us is already a winner of this *PRIZE*. We just can't seem to see it. The PRIZE is “TIME": 
1. Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of Life.
2. And when we go to sleep at Night, any remaining time is not credited to us.
3. What we haven't used up that Day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time WITHOUT WARNING...

So, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? 

Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.  Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think
                                    So take care of yourself, be happy, love deeply and enjoy life!  
Start spending.... 
 
"DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT GROWING OLD SOME PEOPLE DON'T GET THE PRIVILEGE!"

Only fools and idiots squander time--like video gamers. Time is the one commodity we have which we cannot replace. The one thing I notice as I age is time travels faster and faster. Those 86,400 daily seconds pass now as if they we only 15,365. By tomorrow they will be down to 15, 015 seconds. Life quickly passes us by. And almost as bad, nothing seems to function like it used to.


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I bought an antique "Black Beauty" Heddon bamboo fly rod from an older gentleman many years ago. He was probably in his 80's. When I asked him why he was liquidating his fly fishing collection, he tearfully said it was because the river rocks were bigger and much more slippery than they used to be and his son was more concerned about his fishing the streams. So he was selling everything and packing up and moving to California to live with his son and grandchildren. God truly help us.

May what remains of YOUR life be filled with heart stopping takes and tight lines. Come and fly fish Idaho very soon! Before it is too late!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Idaho Fly Fishermen - Cute!

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Q:       Where can single Idaho fly fishermen over the age of 70 find younger women who are interested in them?
A:       Try a bookstore, under Fiction.

Q:       What can an Idaho fly fisherman do while his wife is going through menopause?
A:       Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done, you will have a place to live.

Q:       Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the bible... Is that true? Where can it be found?
A:       Yes. Matthew 14:92: "And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way to Egypt  ...."

Q:       How can you increase the heart rate of your over-70 year-old Idaho fly fisherman husband?
A:       Tell him you're pregnant.

Q:       How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A:       Take off your glasses.

fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysQ:       Seriously! What can the Idaho fly fisherman's wife do for those crow's feet and all those wrinkles on my her face and neck?
A:       Tell her to go braless. It will usually pull them out. THEN DROP YOUR FLY ROD AND RUN LIKE HELL!

Q:       Why should a 70-plus year old Idaho fly fishermen use valet parking?
A:       Valets don't forget where they park your car.

Q:       Is it common for the 70-plus year old Idaho fly fishermen  to have problems with  short term memory storage?
A:       Yes! Storing memory is not a problem. Retrieving it is the problem.

Q:       As Idaho fly fishermen age, do they sleep more soundly?
A:       Yes, but usually only in the afternoon.
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Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and good luck with old age.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

West Coast Woes

This?
From a personal Facebook page I stumbled across yesterday: "Having lived on the left coast for years, I can tell you the city dwellers of today are deprived. The cities are a mess. The homeless are begging on literally every corner. The streets are falling into ruins and the taxes higher than ever. I strongly recommend you to get out of the cities. Go to the countryside which is filled with Americans trying to keep their homes away from those living in the cities who want to tax and regulate us out of existence. Truly sad."

Or This?

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kittens, Guns and Fly Fishing

What do these three things have in common? Well, Idaho fly fishers are sportsmen and most sportsmen generally own guns. They frequently hunt as well as fly fish. Kittens definitely are cuter than cats and “kitten” sounds better than “cat”. So, really, how are these three things associated?
 
I recently moved into a much smaller home. Down-sizing has its definite advantages but storage isn’t one of them. I still have a beautiful view, large back yard in which my dogs can play, pasture for my horses and soon my man cave located next to a medium size western freestone river which is inhabited by some really good trout.
 
My smaller house has fewer moving parts, therefore less maintenance. And I have to pay NO monthly condo fees. I have NO visible neighbors. But where do I store my man things? It will definitely not be in my new man cave which will be a "flood-proof" canvas tent next to the river. About my only place to store things is a drafty old cabin behind my house. But it is really drafty and therefore humid in there.
 
Humidity is not a friend to most inanimate things and can destroy guns in a short time. So I did some research and found a hydrophilic substance in MiMi Cat Litter (4 pounds and only $8). It contains silicon. Silica crystals are filled with millions of micro pores that adsorb moisture. Silicon dioxide (the type of sand found in quartz), when mixed with oxygen and water, turns into silica gel crystals. Walla, no more moisture in the air. Walla, protection for my 3 12-G shotguns.
 
So how do you protect your expensive weapons? Buy some nylon hose and cut the legs off. Put in about a pound of MiMi into each leg and tie the open end (careful, there will be blue powder leach out of the tiny holes in the nylons - it can stain). Then hang this kitty litter filled nylon in your gun safe now stored in your backyard shed. When the nylons get heavy and firm, they are saturated with moisture. Discard and replace. This will solve you gun safe humidity problem!
 
So now you can see the association “Kittens, Guns and Fly Fishing”.
 
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and take care of those expensive guns. Get out there hunt some birds (when in season) and Idaho fly fish soon.
 
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Gerrards

Fly fishing with an Idaho Fly Fishers Association friend and member yesterday, We hooked two really good fish. One flipped off at the surface and I would guess (I could see it - no fishing tale) would measure out at 24”. Considering the time of year and where we were fishing in Idaho, this was probably a Gerrard rainbow.



There was a prolific hatch of small dark stoneflies that were in 16-18 size and quite long and skinny. It was a bright and sunny and warm (55 degrees) afternoon. So I did some research and found the following courtesy of Troutnut.com site editor Entoman northern CA& ID:

“Regarding the small dark stoneflies of Winter & early Spring, we all hear these common names thrown about a lot:

Little Winter Black Stone
Little Winter Brown Stone
Tiny Black Snowfly
Tiny Brown Snowfly
Little Black Needlefly
Little Brown Needlefly
Early Brown Stone
Early Black Stone
Eastern Willowfly

These are the families and their important genera that are associated with the common names above:

Capniidae (Capnia and Allocapnia)
Leuctridae (Leuctra)
Nemouridae (Nemoura and Zapada)
Taeniopterygidae (Doddsia, Strophopteryx, Taenionema and Taeniopteryx)
Which go with which?

I figured this would be a good topic to chew on this time of year.”


My guess is this was a Gerrard-strain (Kamloop) Rainbow. These “Lake Trout” creep up into the small streams draining into Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho to spawn in the spring. Check this out from Game & Fish:
“The species is famous for its success as a predator, surviving year after year over a lengthy lifespan, feasting on kokanee, growing to incredibly immense proportions by trout standards. But it’s not just their propensity to grow huge that makes Kamloops so popular with anglers. It’s their endurance and dogged fighting capabilities that stamp an indelible impression on anglers who tangle with them.
The Gerrard strain of rainbow was transplanted from Kootenay Lake into Lake Pend Oreille (pronounced “pond uh-ray”) in Idaho in the 1940s. Supplemental stocking took place in the mid-1980s, too. Here these trout prospered in the azure waters of a forbiddingly deep lake, just as they did in the lake of their origin, gorging themselves fat on a fabulously rich diet of kokanee and baby lake trout and bull trout and anything else that swims that’s smaller than they are.
 
The result is a rainbow trout that averages 3 to 8 pounds in size, with double-digit fish refreshingly frequent, and fish in the low- to mid-20-pound ranges a real possibility almost every day on the lake. The world-record Kamloops was a 37-pound fish, surprisingly caught here and not at its native Lake Kootenay.
Now naturally reproducing, Kamloops trout spawn in the spring, usually in March and April, when they congregate in Lake Pend Oreille’s bountiful creeks and tributaries.”
Streams and rivers are flowing hard right now, but come to Idaho anyway and try for one of these monsters on a 6-7 wt. rod.
Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods and screaming reels to all.