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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, May 17, 2018

Spring Run Off 2018


Good morning to all. I have included a few pics to show the status of most Idaho streams to date. These were taken yesterday evening and are representative of the waters of Idaho and western Montana right now. Even the lakes are flooded. This promises to be even worse than 2011. Perhaps it will keep down the fires this year.

Spoke also yesterday with Dan (nMilo) R. about fishing on the Lochsa River in Idaho in July. Come and join us. Go to the Idaho Fly Fishers Trip Page. He is one of our local in house experts concerning Idaho waters. He said that by mid June, the waters should clear but still be high. By early July the waters should begin to recede. Right now the snow pack is still 150% of normal and water concentration due to high altitude ice is still 175% of normal. Remember Schweitzer Ski Area received 440" of snow this year.

Hopefully our Idaho fly fishing season will begin soon and that the waters have recouped after last year's drought and the fish will be almost back to normal, but I fully expect the numbers and size to be slightly less than in recent years.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and sore arms to all.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:     Kootenai River Photos 2017
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     Missouri River - Montana
     Moyie River - Idaho
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph

The Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph. Great fly for just about any water!
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph tied by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Another great fly for fly fishing Idaho, this pattern represents a wide range of aquatic insects but primarily emerging caddis flies. It is a fairly easy fly to tie using the right materials. You will see variations from fly shop to fly shop, but they tend to only vary slightly. More info, read on.


1-Tie in multiple strands of pheasant tail.


2-Add a gold wire to back half
of shank as shown.



4-Add more hare's ear dubbing
for thorax as shown.



3-Add hare's ear dubbing to shank,
 then wrap wire forward, secure
and snip excess wire only.


5-Swing pheasant tail over thorax for wing, secure,
snip off excess and glue head.


6-Tie off. Then tease dubbing under
thorax for legs. Done!

















I prefer sizes 12-18 with my most hook-up success on about size 14. I suspect that is probably because the caddis pupa I see in western streams are quite large. True story! I was fishing with a guide on the middle portion of the Colorado River north of Dillon once, when I saw a really nice riffle off the main river. Reminded me of the small streams I used to fish in western North Carolina. After stripping, at his insistence, Wolly Buggers all morning, my arm was tired. Put on a little weight and a Hare's Ear and slayed over twenty really nice rainbow in a hour. We then had lunch and proceeded down the river again stripping Wolly B's again at his insistence. His only comment to me at lunch was, "Gee, I've never seen anyone throw nymphs on the Colorado before!" Made me wonder if he knew how to fish anything other than streamers.

Not a trout, but caught on a fly!

Enough rambling. Come fly fish Idaho and try out this remarkable fly. I have personally had success with this pattern from Georgia to Virginia to New Hampshire to Tennessee to Arkansas & Missouri to Idaho and Montana. Quite a range!

This is the Idaho fly fishing blog. Come back soon.






Alaskan Humpy
IdahoAngler@live.com

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

2018 IDFFA Planned Trips

Email I forwarded yesterday to IDFFA members about our 2018 planned trips. Waters began to recede just yesterday after our near record 2017-18 snow fall of almost 450". Hopefully this will help our 2017 drought recovery and hard-hit fish population. Looking forward to a fire free, smokeless, great Idaho fly fishing season. Come and join us. We are open to ALL.

May 9, 2018

Dear All,

Hope this finds you well. Reservations are getting hard to get so thought I would give you a heads up. Would love to have you all come on all trip(s). Remember always better with guide & motel to have guys pair up. For member contact information go to Idaho Fly Fishers Membership Page. Do your best to pair up. NOTE: May be able to accommodate one single on each trip, but no guarantee. NEED TO GET YOUR BC SPECIAL PERMIT FOR PROTECTED WATERS NOW!!!


Upcoming 2018 Trips:
Trip #1 
Dates now set! July 23-27, 2018 - Lochsa Rive, ID
This would be a cabin, camping, wade only trip for 1-5 days.
7 Fishers Signed Up Thus Far (Unlimited # of Participants)

Trip #2 - August 9-11, 2018 – Fernie, BC, Can – Michele Creek/Elk/Wigwam
US PASSPORT A MUST/NO ADMITTANCE W/O ONE OR WITH PRIOR DWI (WAIVER MAY BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE OF ENTRY)
15 Fishers Signed Up Thus Far (Unlimited # of Participants)
NEWS FLASH – JUST RECEIVED INFO ON GLAMPING @ the FERNIE RV RESORT

Trip #3
September 12-14, 2018 – Calgary, AB, Can - Bow, Sheep and Highwood Rivers
US PASSPORT A MUST/NO ADMITTANCE W/O ONE OR WITH PRIOR DWI (WAIVER MAY BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE OF ENTRY)
3 Fishers Signed Up Thus Far (Unlimited # of Participants)


Questions call (208-627-8781) or email YSF (IdahoAngler@live.com).  For more information go to Idaho Fly Fishers Blog 2018 Trip Page.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Fly Reel Basics

In my opinion, the least important part of an Idaho Fly Fisher's gear is the fly reel. Think about it. What is the purpose of a fly reel? Purely and simply, its purpose is soley to hold your fly line. Unless you are landing a really large trout, steelhead or salmon, most of us can more efficiently land a fish by "stripping" more easily and gracefully than playing the prey off the fly reel. Therefore, I would suggest not spending an arm and a leg for your reel. Instead, invest in a great rod or some really good breatheable waders. There are those who may disagree with this theory and I welcome your comments. But over time you can judge for yourself.

G. Loomis and Orvis now make really good, inexpensive fly reels. I have owned Sage reels, expensive Orvis reels and Lamson fly reels. With the ability of manufactures to machine today's reels, I really cannot see or feel alot of difference. Lines can make a difference, but there again there are some pretty good inexpensive fly lines out there. Rods can make a huge difference in the approach to finicky fish and in casting distance. Even leaders and tippets can make a difference in your ability to catch the wary trout. But these are the subject of another post on another day.

Fly fishing Idaho is a blast! The right equipment is a must. Find yourself a fly reel that fits you style but I encourage you not to "break the bank" on this one item. "Fly Reel Basics" was written by YellowStoneFly from the Idaho Fly Fishers blog.

Great Idaho fly fishing to all!


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

YSF Stinger

Spring will be here soon for the Idaho fly fisher. Try out this guy for some great times. Fish on top or strip down for a very effective shallow streamer pattern. The fish love it. And for easy wings that float like a charm for your Stinger, go to "Hot Wings".

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The simple "YSF Stinger" is written and tied by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. The fly was designed because most hoppers and stoneflies are difficult to tie, primarily because of the addition of legs. The hackle here subs for the legs and looks very real to the trout. The YSF is very easy to tie and can be completed in only minutes. An array of colors can be used and I like sizes 6-10 on a long shank hook. The Krystal Flash adds to the visibility. This is a great Idaho fly fishing bug which should produce well for anyone particularly in the spring, summer and fall months.


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1-Tie in Krystal Flash and
cut to 1/2 hook bend length.
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2-Now tie in some good hackle.
Rust used here.




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3-Add foam. This is roughly
1/4" wide with a tail section.
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4-Wrap foam around hook.
Evenly space.
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5-Cut off excess
in a round or square fashion.
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6-Wrap hackle evenly in thread space.
Tie in wing behind head.
PS-Trim hackle below wing for better lay.
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7-Add small clump of elk
or caribou behind head.
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8-Half hitch behind eye.
Finished fly.

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Finished fly!!!

Please feel free to send me comments. I am always looking for ways to improve my patterns.

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          The Kootenai River - Idaho's best kept secret!

PS - Check out related posts @ YSF Stinger Perfected (fishing techniques) and Hopper / Hopper Tandem Secrets (fishing techniques).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fish or cut bait...!

"Fly Rod Basics" written and posted by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Some time back we posted a sister discussion to this subject--Fly Reel Basics. To some extent, the same is true for fly rods as for fly reels. You can't fly fish Idaho properly without a good rod, but expensive is not always better. Now I will say that the most important of your fly gear is your rod, but you don't necessarily have to spend hundreds of dollars for a descent fly rod. Personally, I do have some very expensive rods. Most of them I have dressed out after buying the blanks. So my $600 rod probably only cost me $350 plus the time I invested in finishing the rod.


If you do opt to build yourself, look for year end or "to be discontinued" blanks. There are two reasons to do this: first, they are cheaper and second, the manufacturer will still warrent the blank for many years to come just in case you accidentally break a tip. A really good place to look for deals on this type of blank is MRFC (Madison River Fishing Company) out of Ennis, MT. Once you click on their homepage, go to products then the clearance items section. PS-They also have usually some good deals here on high end, finished rods if you don't want to build your own.

You can never go wrong with a Sage, Thomas & Thomas or Orvis rod, but they are expensive. If I was just starting out though, I would go with the less expensive St. Croix or perhaps an RL Winston. These are "middle of the road rods" and of these two, should you pick Winston go with one weight lighter than you would like to buy for they seem to me a bit heavier and thicker per weight class than other rods. That is buy a 4 wt. rather than a 5 wt. Now if you are new to fly fishing, please read on for there are even other options.

The least expensive rods I would suggest would be Bass Pro or perhaps even Cabelas. Make sure you are picking a rod for your particular purpose, like bass fishing or trout, for there are differences. Rod and real combinations can be the ticket, but I would be cautious of Cabelas's cheaper fly reels. Do make sure the handle is cork and the reel seat should not be plastic. One last point, the stripping guide (lower most and closest to the handle) through which the fly line passes, should be at least 10mm in diameter. 8 mm will do, but definitely not any smaller.

We will cover other rod basics later, but these will get you started. Idaho fly fishing is a great time, but make sure you do your research and gear up properly.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Fly Reel Basics
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Born to Fish...Forced to Work ! This is COOL !


Being the age I am, and was, I learn something new each day. Since this is my bday, and the boss is out of town, I got to play on my computer this morning. Today is a typical spring morning in Idaho with rain, snow and thereby no fishing. But I really did learn a few cool things which I would like to share.

Having recently moved into new digs, I have learned a lesson about "down sizing"--DON'T EVER MOVE TO A SMALLER HOUSE!!! One accumulates so much "sh.t" that there is no place to store it all. Normally I would toss it or give away, but the items that remain are valuable, at least to me, so I am going to sell. You know the old saying "One man's junk ("sh.t") is another man's treasure". Well here goes.

Sorry, just interrupted by a text with a bday cake emoji and more candles than I care to count.
YellowStoneFly Auction Items
Now back. I do have a blog other than this one showing some of the items I am culling. Go to Junk Pack Rat to see. Now the biggie! Will also be using eBay as a selling source. You can either go to the "Advanced Search" page and type in "YellowStoneFly" or simply go here "Active Listings".

Just this morning, I removed one of the coolest antique rods I have seen in my lifetime. It is shown here.

If you think it might be a great addition to your vintage rod collection, please email me and make an offer. As you will see if you visit Junk Pack Rat Blog, I have collected many bamboo rods over the years and I am going to sell most. What are my kids going to do with them anyway?




Enjoy and come and fly fish Idaho soon.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and may your fishing season come soon.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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