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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, August 16, 2016

Hopper/Dropper

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 flysBEFORE WE GET STARTED, I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM JAIME AT ZEN OUTFITTERS YESTERDAY AND HE IS HAVING A SALE. I HAVE USED HIS PRODUCTS FOR MANY YEARS AND THEY ARE THE BEST I HAVE EVER USED! TRY THEM OUT. LITERALLY JUST HEARD FROM JAIME AGAIN TODAY. HE IS HEADED OVER TO THE MADISON RIVER WITH FRIENDS NEXT MONTH, SO HELP HIM PAY FOR HIS TRIP PLEASE. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

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 flysToday's article: In late afternoon here during mid to late summer, hoppers fly off the banks in droves particularly when winds pick up. Fly fishing Idaho and Montana river banks can produce some explosive strikes and very large fish. Fish a hopper right against the bank if you can, but I must say I have even caught some lunkers in the middle of large waters this time of year.


Do not forget, hoppers come in all sizes and colors, so really LOOK at what's on the water. Unlike the proverbial midge, they are easy to see. Many will fall right onto your vest, pants or hat. Do take a minute to check them out up close and personal. It is well worth the few seconds to do so. I will frequently take one of my YSF Stinger Foam Terrestrials in tan or white and color (with a permanent marker) the fly's underside with the prevailing color of the day. That's right, they may be green one day, yellow the next and orange the next. Sometimes they even have a pink hue. So be sure to check them out closely every day when they begin to hit the water. Be aware though, even though the prevailing color may be yellow, occasionally you will catch more fish by contrasting a pink or orange.


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Color the underside - YSF Stinger
Now the biggie! Another really effective trick is to add a dropper to your hopper. Assuming no local regulations prohibiting such, this can double your hook up and then there is the exceedingly rare "double"--where you catch two at once. Simply tie on a local favorite to your hopper by whatever method you prefer. I like to tie off of the hopper hook curve. Some like to tie directly off of the hopper eye or some even directly off the tippet onto which the hopper is tied. These methods probably do not make a difference as long as you are proficient at whatever method you prefer.

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 flysMidges like chironomids if fishing tailwaters, nymphs like pheasant tails or hare's ears or even dries like other hoppers, Chernobyl ants or a purple haze for example will all work as droppers depending on conditions. Headed over to the St. Joe next week where we will be dropping off, per IDFFA member Ron's suggestion a copper john or pheasant tail or adams.

By the way, a YSF Stinger will mimic a hopper, stonefly, salmon fly, large caddis, moth and even a minnow if allowed to submerge and swing and be stripped at the end of a drift. This really is a GREAT fly and of our own design. Try it. If you have trouble making one, email me and I'll send you one for FREE!

Thanks for looking and remember to fly fish Idaho this year if possible. It truly is worth the trip to our beautiful country. The Idaho Fly Fishers Association is waiting for you. Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, bent rods, screaming reals and happy Idaho fly fishing to all.

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Tags: Ride the BULL
     Snake River - ID / WA / WY
     St. Joe River in August
     St. Joe River - Idaho
     St. Regis River - Montana
     Teepee Creek, ID
     Think Trout

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Postcard, ID


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!
 
 
Before the Fishing Begins in North Idaho
Hemingway's Idaho
Idaho Grizzly ???
Moyie River Bridge
The Few, The Proud, The Idahoans
Why Idaho?
You gotta admit.....

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Perfect Vision

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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 flysPerfect vision I have not. Used to; but no longer. I have tried numerous fly fishing Idaho (and elsewhere) visual aids, but finally decided to improvise. My last pair of polarized fishing glasses had a magnifier built in to the bottom edge of the frames but the focal length no longer suited my purpose. In other words--I was becoming more visually impaired (blind). So, what does one do?

I made my own. Using a pair of dark tinted, polarized Cocoons®, it was easy to add on a pair of ThinOptics® plastic, flexible magnifiers by simply supergluing them to the nasal bridge as shown. I now have some very functional, polarized fly fishing glasses with lateral sun screens which you can even wear over your prescription glasses if desired. I can even tie on #22 flies.

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 flysThe Cocoons® you can buy at any Cabelas store or online for $49.99. The ThinOptics® magnifiers you can buy online for $19.95. The later comes with a spare pair and have a very thin case which can be attached to the back of your cell phone case. The super glue I prefer for attaching the magnifiers to the sunglasses, and also use on my flies from time to time, is Loctite®. PS-the Cocoons® also have a really nice carrying case as well which can clip to your pants, Idaho fly fishing vest or Idaho fly fishing chest pack.

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These really are great polarized sunglasses for the physically challenged that fly fish. Try them. You will not be disappointed. Hard takes, tight lines and huge fish to you always. Come and fly fish Idaho this summer.

PS - In my opinion, glasses such as these have magnifiers which are too small.-->

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     Chest Packs v. Fishing Vests
     Fishpond Gear
     Float Tube Chronicles
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     Fly Casting Technique Book - Best Ever Written

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Just for Cutties in 2016

Chernobyl Ant
Great attractor pattern to be fished in the late spring and early summer with a trailer. Try either a midge dropper or midge dry trailer on a 5-7 x tippet. Look also to YouTube for good tying instructions. Multiple colors are good too.
1-Attach dark thread at bend.

2-Flash for tail the width of bend.

3-Purple dubbing w/ flash for body.

4-Two (2) mm white foam as shown.

5-White rubber legs as shown. Dubbing over foam.

6-White Antron wing as shown to tail.

7-Add midsection dubbing.









9-Slightly more dubbing to eye
and tie off.
8-More Antron wing to tail.
Legs and dubbing as shown.


10-Underside of finished fly.
This is a great springtime fly for western rivers particularly in the late spring and early summer. I find it very effective, sometimes with a midge dropper on rivers such as the Kootenai and Coeur d'Alene for cutthroat and cutbows.

Give it a try. Some wonderful Idaho fly fishing awaits all who are willing to make the trip. Try professional guides like Randy Dingman--he will really put you on the fish.

Exciting takes, bent rods, screaming reels and sore arms to all our readers wanting to fly fish Idaho.


Tags:  Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
    
Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana

Friday, July 15, 2016

Moyie River - Summer 2016

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Last Fall on the Moyie. Zen Outfitters photo winner 2015.
Hi,
 
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Kevin (Shotgun) IDFFA Member on the Moyie
I and two of my friends were considering a trip for a week of fishing on the Moyie. I grew up in Wallace, Idaho but had never heard of the Moyie until this last spring. Since none of us has any experience with the river/area any advice on where to fish and camp would be appreciated if we were to go. We all flyfish and practice catch and release. We have been told that there is a grizzly problem and was wondering if this is true as it has spooked one of my friends if that is the case.  Also we would be wade fishing and was told the river is a tough one to do this on.
 
Any information you could relay to me would be appreciated.
 
Thanks in advance and ‘Tight Lines’ to you,
 
DryFlyGuy
 
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Dear DryFlyGuy,

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Moyie River just below the Shoot

I have never seen a grizzly, but they are there. Lots of blacks though. Bring bear spray and a .45 cal or better sidearm. You sound like my kind of guy "dryflyguy@charter.net" though.


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Paul (Hopper) IDFFA Member on the Moyie
In the Moyie River area either Meadow Creek Campground (primitive state campground half-way down from Canada) or Twin Rivers Canyon Resort (much less remote and less primitive and at the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai) would be the only 2 campground of which I have knowledge. There is one a little further east at the mouth of the Yaak River and several in and around Libby, MT.

The Moyie really can ONLY be wade fished in the summer and it can be tough. PS-evenings can be good on Kootenai with dries just above Twin Rivers. It is wade able. Also, Rex at Twin rivers will rent you a raft and shuttle you up to Leonia at state line. Really good island just west of ramp and island is in Idaho. This is one beautiful float!



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Southerly View of Moyie from my Campsite
I was up there just yesterday. water is warming. Water comes over top of spillway in Moyie, BC so warms in summer. Definitely need to stay south of Meadow Creek in summer. There are a couple of good spots near Moyie Springs in summer though. For my money would fish either south or Kootenai or Bull. No wading on the Bull though.


If you guys make an annual summer trip consider joining the Idaho Fly Fishers Association. No fees except poker at night. We always make a couple of summer trips to usually different places. Good guys from all over the country. We smoke, drink and tell each other lies. For other questions, email me any time.


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Moyie at Twin Bridges
Tags:  Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Coeur d'Alene - Idaho's Year Round Fishery
     
Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada