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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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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Moyie River Bridge

Most of this post is from the article "Moyie River Bridge" from HighestBridges.com. I have been over this bridge many times on my way to a secret spot on the Moyie River and to float the Idaho portion of the Kootenai. It is located in Moyie Springs, ID and is quite the sight.

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PS-My secret spot is exposed on the Moyie River link above. Do not go during high water. Too dangerous to cross.

Vital statistics from the above article are as follow:

"464 feet high / 141 meters high
377 foot span / 115 meter span
(Year Built) 1964"

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"One of the highest deck truss bridges in the world, the Moyie River bridge is located just south of the Canadian border in the U.S. state of Idaho. Far less known than the Perrine bridge in Idaho Falls, the Moyie crossing is nearly as high at 464 feet (141 meters). Constructed in 1964, the current span bypassed more than a mile of twisting road that descended to the bottom of the canyon where it crossed a bridge built in 1923. The MoyieRiver begins in British Columbia, Canada and flows into the Kootenai before meeting the Columbia River which empties into the Pacific Ocean.
Supporting the 3-span truss are two concrete piers with 3 levels of varying thickness. The tallest of the two piers measures 217 feet (66 meters) from foundation to cap. The bridge measures 1,233 feet (373 meters) from end to end. On the east side of the bridge there is a parking area where you can walk out onto the bridge. The more adventurous can try to view the structure from a road that descends to the river from the west side."

There are a lot of small brookies in the Moyie, but be aware there are some really nice bow and cutties as well.

Visit the Moyie River the next time you visit the northwest. It is beautiful and well worth the trip.

Hard takes, tight lines and bent rods to all of our Idaho Fly Fishing fanatics. 

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Moyie River Rainbow
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Three "C's" of Idaho Fly Fishing


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Catch / Click (a Photo) / Clemency (Pardon/Release your fish)

These are the most important things an Idaho fly fisher can do. These are really important when the water is low and warm. Some do not worry about the catches of future generations. I DO!
 
Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingHaving fly fished most of my adult life for trout, I have noticed significant reductions in numbers of trout and size. Idaho fly fishing pressure has really increased since I began. I would estimate that the number of fishers has at least tripled in the last 10 years and doubled in the last 3. Add shear numbers of anglers to the decrease in western snowfalls and decrease in the amount of spring precipitation and that equals fewer fish. The more fish caught decreases the number available to spawn and therefore fewer numbers that live and grow up to be big boys.

The more we catch, the more we unintentionally kill. The more small fish we kill, the fewer there are available to reach trophy size. It gets to be a vicious cycle.

Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingThe weather of course we cannot control. But we can greatly change the numbers that reach spawning age. Unless you are starving. DO NOT KEEP THE FISH YOU CATCH. Also, be forever aware of the warmer, slow moving waters you do fish. Keep your fights short, use barbless and release as quickly as possible.

Hard takes and tight lines to all of our Idaho fly fishers.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Get Ready to Rumble

This is a re-post of an old one regarding one of my favorite flies. 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.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Why Idaho?

It takes a hearty soul to live in Idaho. We have more wilderness than any other of the lower 48 states. There are many dangerous critters here. The springs are very wet, the falls are only somewhat colorful due to our lack of deciduous trees, our summers are very short and the winters--well it is going to rise above freezing on one of the next ten days. So if I were you I would not even think about moving to Idaho. But it is okay to come here for a short holiday and try some Idaho fly fishing. (LEFT CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE).

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Sunrise in eastern Idaho

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Idaho wilderness!

Come fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes and tight lines.


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Obvious!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Postcard - Idaho


The boss and I went to a local rodeo last evening. It was a most beautiful summer evening here. Maybe 67-68 degrees with almost no humidity. The sunset was spectacular. When the rodeo began around 7 pm, the MC made a comment which really stuck. He said that they had done the rodeo multiple years at this same site and that this area of Idaho was one of the most beautiful his group gets to visit in the west. In his opinion, if he were to ask a local where they were from, they should say that they live in "Postcard, ID".

When I tell people, including family, that I live in Idaho, they always ask me WHY? You can now take a brief look for yourself. Here are some shots from "Postcard, ID" (and these represent only a very small area of Idaho). Sorry, we have no really large cities. So if it's theater and nightlife at a club you seek, please go elsewhere.


My wife and I have only had a presence here since 1998,
 and a full time presence since 2010.
If only I knew then what I know now.

We have traveled all over and.....


there is a no more beautiful place to live than right here in Idaho



The wildlife is incredible.....





.....and don't forget the fishing.....


.....and the horseback riding.....



..... and simply relaxing. Enjoy!

Hard takes and tight lines and screaming reels. Come and try Idaho fly fishing soon. Life really is short!


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You gotta admit.....

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Caddis High Sierra II Float Tube

The Caddis High Sierra II Float Tube
Below you will find pertinent information regarding the High Sierra II (also known as the Caddis II) round float tube. If you read and researched my previous post "Outcast Stealth Pro" you have found that these devices are quite pricy. In my opinion, they are the absolute best one can buy for "big water", but the cost may be prohibitive. Consider the High Sierra II as a low cost alternative, particularly where you have to pack in. Why? The Caddis High Sierra II weighs about 6 pounds while the Outcast Pro is about 35 pounds. Simple. I have both.

You can get your Caddis High Sierra II for about $99 online + shipping. Oh and don't forget the "Fishmaster Paddle Pushers"--they are a MUST! Here is a link for the Caddis II: Caddis Sports, Inc.

Specifications are as follows:
          Fishmaster Paddle Pushers
High Sierra II:
  • DURABLE 600D MATERIAL
  • NYLON COATED, MESH WORKING AND STRIPPING APRON
  • DOUBLE STITCHED ON CRITICAL SEAMS
  • ADJUSTABLE CONTOURED SEAT WITH DISCONNECTING BUCKLE
  • TWO MAIN EQUIPMENT POCKETS
  • FLUORESCENT SAFETY ACCENTS
  • 20 INCH VINYL PRIMARY BLADDER
  • SINGLE BACKREST BLADDER
  • FRONT ROD HOLDER
  • BUNGEE CORDS
Add some "Fishmaster Paddle Pushers" and you have the perfect float tube set up! You can now fly fish forward rather than backwards. Lightweight so you can easily carry on your back or on horseback. As opposed to conventional float tube fins where you HAVE to travel in reverse. Really a pain in a round float tube, but are nice if you are trying to slow down a pontoon style float tube on BIG water.
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    Hard takes, tight lines to all.
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    Friday, September 7, 2018

    Idaho Fly Fishers Photos

    These are GREAT! Join our association and come and catch some really good fish.

    
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    Here are just a few examples of some of our catches and outtings.

    Our Idaho Fly Fishers Association is FREE and we all have a blast. Membership info is on the IDFFA page and outtings will be posted on our TRIP page.




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    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    Stonefly Floating - Brooks

    This is a really great early morning, late summer pattern--particularly in the golden color. Simply add a little 0.2 mm lead wire to sink for the nymph pattern. Easy to tie.

    Golden Stonefly
    Idaho Fly Fishers | Idaho Montana Fishing | Fly Fishing Trips, Idaho: Stonefly Floating - Brooks: I was recently surfing through a fly site and stumbled across what I believe to be a really great spring/summer stone which should float very we...

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

    Gold ribbed hare's ear nymph
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         One GREAT Fly!