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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, September 27, 2016

Washington, Idaho and Montana to a Newbie


"So as I sleep in the Great Northwest one last night before I head home I want to say that even though I have been friends with these guys for some time now I came to love them more like brothers after this trip that has taken us through Washington, Idaho, and Montana. We have laughed hard, eaten way too much, made fun of each other, listened, talked, sometimes just looked into the Milky Way which is a beautiful sight from the night sky in Montana and we took in God's creatures and creations in this part of the country.....tions in this part of the country. Thanks Jeff Raines, Joe Tidwell, and Craig Chappelear for making this trip with me. It truly was an awesome trip and I wouldn't have had as much fun if you guys hadn't joined me. Thanks to my brother Alva J. Childress for having us out with his gang of guys. We had an amazing trip. So good night from Idaho and we will post more pictures later.
See MoreThanks Jeff Raines, Joe Tidwell, and Craig Chappelear for making this trip with me. creations in this part of the country.  creations in this part of the country. Thanks Jeff Raines, Joe Tidwell, and Craig Chappelear for making this trip with me. It truly was an awesome trip and I wouldn't have had as much fun if you guys hadn't joined me. Thanks to my brother Alva J. Childress for having us out with his gang of guys. We had an amazing trip. So good night from Idaho and we will post more pictures later. creations in this part of the country. Thanks Jeff Raines, Joe Tidwell, and Craig Chappelear for making this trip with me. It truly was an awesome trip and I wouldn't have had as much fun if you guys hadn't joined me. Thanks to my brother Alva J. Childress for having us out with his gang of guys. We had an amazing trip. So good night from Idaho and we will post more pictures later. and creations in this part of the country. Thanks Jeff Raines, Joe Tidwell, and Craig Chappelear for making this trip with me. It truly was an awesome trip and I wouldn't have had as much fun if you guys hadn't joined me. Thanks to my brother Alva J. Childress for having us out with his gang of guys. We had an amazing trip. So good night from Idaho and we will post more pictures later.
































Hard takes and tight lines to all.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fly Fishing Terrorism


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Who says satire is dead. The following event is based on a true life story. The names have been obviously changed, but the events are real. 
 
Idaho fly fishing news flash: “At approximately 10 pm PDST in the panhandle of Idaho on a nameless river, a fifteen inch rainbow trout was caught, foul hooked and died. The fish was rushed to the local hatchery and immediately resuscitated, but to no avail. Despite all efforts, this trout, which was supposed to be released, expired. As a side, authorities have now identified some 8 other victims as well. All have now succumbed in a similar manner. Could these events have been prevented?" 
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Moyie River, ID in the Summer

Now here is the pisser. Local wildlife law enforcement is not admitting to this event nor confirming the known number of victims. They have stated that they suspect trout fishing terrorism, but will not yet confirm. Authorities state that it could easily be a year before confirming that this is truly a fishing terrorist act and even then the news will be placed on page 105 of the evening paper and at the bottom and in very small print. Should the story even make the local TV news, it will be glossed over in only a 5 second flash—the national news, forget it! 
 
Now also get this, the victim was caught on a red San Juan worm tied by the suspected terrorist on a #8 Mustad hook. Embossed in obviously very small print on the hook was the serial #8593940. The local authorities have called in the FBI, but all seem to be dragging their feet. A little bit of investigation would have shown that this instrument of death had been purchased in a local fly fishing shop in Ponderay, ID.  
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Moyie River, ID

Now can you believe they even found out the purchaser’s name though a credit card trace. It just so happened it was one of group of 4 fishers passing through from unknown parts for a few days of supposed recreational fishing. This was obviously a cover, for they were really here to inflict unmitigated terror into the local river's trout population. The perpetrators’ names are being withheld, but all have the initials “AM”. All other info is on hold by the authorities, but our sources state that all 4 are radicals and have been on a watch list for some time.  
 
It does not take a rocket scientist to see this is definitely a case of fly fishing terrorism. Why authorities have taken so much time to admit this and arrest those responsible is absolutely beyond my simple mind’s ability to comprehend. Maybe next time the system will move much quicker – but I really doubt it. 

Hard takes, tight lines and happy Idaho fly fishing.  
 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Float Tube Chronicles



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Caddis High Sierra II - Author's Choice
The honest truth is in my opinion, the only float tube worth owning is round like the old inner tube. There are hundreds of different tubes out there, but most are in the shape of a horseshoe and work well in ONE direction—BACKWARDS. Maybe that is why float tube fins propel you in only ONE direction—BACKWARDS. 

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In my lifetime, I have used and owned multiple float tubes. And in my opinion, the old inner tube kind is the only one which provide you with the mobility one needs on the water. It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to navigate a small pond or moving river, round rules. The only downside of which I can think is they are a little more difficult to control in very rapid water.


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 flysOn a recent trip to the Green River in Utah, many had float tubes in the horseshoe and pontoon shape. They used conventional fins to slow them for fishing, but if they really wanted to hit a specific spot they had difficulty and most simply just floated right by. If you ever try the type of tube recommended here, with the fins suggested in my next post, I don’t believe you will ever go back to horseshoe or pontoon style tube with conventional fins.

Here is the one I use—the Caddis Sports High Sierra II float tube. It costs about $80-$110. It is sold by multiple vendors on line. Shipping is nominal for it only weighs 6 pounds. A small plastic hand pump is all one needs to inflate in 5 minutes, so it makes a perfect partner for high mountain lakes whether by foot or horseback. This Idaho Fly Fisher swears by it.


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Big Horn Brown
 
Hard takes. Tight lines. Come and fly fish Idaho soon.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

YSF Assam

YSF Assam tied on #1 (or larger) 2-3X hook. This is our own derivation of the Charles E. Brooks famous Assam Dragon and tied here by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Basically the fly thorax is the Assam Dragon--the tail is tied just like a Wooly Bugger's tail. Great fly for all species of larger fish such as trout, smallmouth, largemouth, pike, stripe bass and speckle trout just to name a few. It may be tied in multiple colors and as you can see here, makes a wonderful Christmas tree ornament--just make sure you either cut off or tape up the barb or hang it high enough where the kids and pets won't bother.


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Tail marabou + 15-20 strands pearl flashabou.
0.020 lead wire thorax body weight.


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Tie in rabbit zonker.


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Tie on 6 rubber legs on top of lead wire. 


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Wrap zonker forward once superglue added to wire top.
Whip finish head with desired color thread.

This fly floats great and provides a lot of great very live looking action in the water whether it is allowed to  dread drift or it is stripped. Tight lines, hard takes and happy holidays.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fly Fishing Dream

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Labor Day is gone. No crowds. No people. Getting ready to winterize, but one big trip with buddies to the Missouri for big browns in two weeks. The guys will be coming from all over the country. Can't wait to see them all and win some poker money. Oh yeah. A few trips by myself to local small streams thereafter.

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Our Idaho Fly Fishers Association is an active group and we have usually 2 trips each year to clear our heads and get in some hopefully great fishing. Daytime temps and water temps are beginning to fall, so the browns should be hungry and in the pre-spawn mode. May be a lot of streamer fishing, but perhaps some egg patterns and large worms will work as well.

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 flysBack to my dream. Grew up and educated in Georgia. My early years consisted of fly fishing for bream in small lakes and trout in the north Georgia rivers. I then moved to Virginia and fished mostly the intercoastal waterways and the streams of western VA with an occasional smallie river thrown in. After 20 years in the mid-Atlantic area on the coast, I moved to the mountains of North Carolina primarily to hunt trout. Great streams and rivers there, but they are becoming quite crowded. A few years in Missouri fly fishing on the White and Norfork Rivers, and really tiring of the heat, were followed by finally a move to the most beautiful place in the lower 48--IDAHO. Trout and streams and elk and moose and deer and lions and bears "oh my" abound here. God could not make a prettier place to call home.
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In the interim, I raised a family and worked a lot. You know--WORK. That 4 letter word in which much of our population no longer participates. It really is a shame, for there is no better way to feel really good about oneself and not be depressed. Work also provides the means to afford your passions like hunting and fishing.

 
"Work is that annoying time between fishing (and hunting) trips."

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 flysAs you will notice above, my dream was to eventually get out west where the climate in Idaho is great and the sky really is HUGE! Streams run clear and cold and the crowds well, we do have a few people during the summers, but all the locals love Labor Day--Everyone leaves.

I have accomplished my dream--it has taken me years. I only pray that God will allow me to live long enough now to enjoy the fruits of my labors and my years of hard WORK. God bless Idaho. No one really should live here. There is absolutely nothing to see or do.

Fast, hard takes and tight lines to all.

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Monday, August 29, 2016