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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, May 28, 2011

Hot Wings

"Hot Wings" designed and written by YellowStoneFly at Idaho Fly Fishers  blog. Here's a little trick. You can buy rather expensive materials for the wings of your terrestrial flies, but consider this. Go to any sewing shop or craft store. Then go to the lace section. You can buy a yard of 1" lace tape for next to nothing which will last you all season. Assorted colors are available. While you are out, go to your favorite hardware or building supply store and pick up a tube of clear bathroom silicone that you would use to seal grout and repair tile leaks. Once home, throughly coat your lace tape with the silicone. It is a little messy, but well worth the effort. Let dry; which usually takes several hours and I let sit overnight.

Now cut to any size and shape you like for your wings. It is almost indestructable and is very easy to cut and manage when tying onto your fly. Besides, it floats like a champ. It has a mottled look and makes very realistic appearing wings.

Fly fishing Idaho would not exist without our exciting stoneflies and hoppers which are prolific in the spring, summer and even into the fall. Either remember this little secret or I will refer back to this technique as we look into tying some of these patterns.

Happy Idaho fly fishing,

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

Kootenai River, ID
Tags: Bull River Hogs
          Moyie River, Idaho
          Big Wood River, Idaho 
          Western Fly Hatches

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Freshwater Scud

"Freshwater Scud" written and tied by YellowStoneFly at Idaho Fly Fishers blog. This fly is very effective. Extremely easy to tie and can be done in assorted colors. I personally like tan with pearl krystal flash because I believe the fish often think this is a caddis or perhaps even a freshwater shrimp. It does look very inviting as the finished product.

Wrap tan thread back to beginning of curve.

Now, wrap krystal flash onto hook to middle of shank.

Wrap tan dubbing onto thread.

Wrap dubbing onto the hook as shown.

Swing krystal flash forward and wrap on hook @ eye.

Tie off with half hitches and apply head cement (Optional)

With tweasers pull down a few strand of dubbing for legs.

Finished scud!
I was actually fishing once on the White River in Arkansas, which is a beautiful river. Approximately 5 miles below the mouth of the Norfork River, my friends and I noticed a terrible stench! It happened to be a cow which had drowned about a month before when the flood gates were opened. The animal's carcus had begun to decompose and the flies had invaded the corpse. Maggots were dropping off in droves. Trout were stacked up for at least a mile downstream from the cow and throwing a light colored scud into the current just below would produce a hookup almost every cast. My point is do not go drown a cow, but rather the scud may also be confused as a maggot by a trout.

Scud patterns also do well for Idaho fly fishing. Try them. They are easy to tie. Come fly fish Idaho soon! Don't forget to tie up some scuds and bring them along just in case you run across a drowned cow.

Good Idaho fly fishing,

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

Skwala Stonefly
          Yellowstone Fly

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Remember Our Veterans - God Bless Them!


It is the
Who gives us the
Freedom to fly fish Idaho.
It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
salutes the Flag,

It is the

who serves
under the Flag,


I'd be EXTREMELY proud if this email reached as many as possible.
We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service
no matter where they serve.
God Bless them all!!!
Makes you proud to be an AMERICAN!!!!!

Many thanks to my good friend Wayne Reed from Little Rock, Arkansas and the Norfork River (Wayne's weekend only guide service - ZugBug9@att.net) for this morning's wonderful and enlightening email. These men and women who serve our country are the reason we have the rights we do. Always remember to honor them.

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

Tags: Idaho Fly Fishers.com
          IDFFA (Idaho Fly Fishers Assoc.) - It's Free!
          Bull River, Montana

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Jack Daniels Fishing Story

"A Jack Daniels Fishing Story" is posted by the YellowStoneFly ftom the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. It was a gift from one of my email buddies listed below. He knew JD was my flavor of choice.

"I went fishing this morning, but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. "Frogs are good bass bait," I thought to myself.

Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket. Just then, I realized I had a problem: how was I going to release the snake without getting bit? So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. The snake's eyes rolled back and he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog.

A little later, I felt a nudge at my foot. There was that same snake with two more frogs in its mouth. Life is good in the South."

My thanks to my friend Tom for this tall, southern tale and his southern charm. Happy father's day Tom and may you enjoy many more Miller Lites in paradise.

The following is not a tall tale. My brother and I were once fishing near Columbus, Georgia and had caught a whole stringer of bluegill. You should have seen his expression when he grabbed the stringer to take home to our mom and found a large cottonmouth attached to the bottom fish. The point is; there are other creatures than humans that like sushi. So, be careful.

Come fly fish northern Idaho and I guarantee you there will be no poisonous snakes with which you have to deal. Come to think of it, fly fishing in northern Idaho also has the advantage of fewer mosquito bites as well. Now there are bear, moose, mountain lion and other critters occasionally, but you only have to be able to run fast. 

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

         Bull River Hogs
         Clark Fork River - ID, MT 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vermillion River - Where Is it?

"Vermillion River" was written by the Idaho Angler contributor for the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. This small free stone river arises near the Vermilion pass and flows from the western portion of the Lolo National Forest and empties into the mighty Clark Fork River. Snow melt sometimes makes spring fishing difficult in this wade fishing only river, but after about the 1st of June it can be very productive.

Northern Idaho fly fishers will frequent this river due to the cold, clear shallow water. The dry fly action can be quite good when the hatches turn on as the weather warms. See "Western Fly Hatches" for suggested fly patterns when you try your luck here. Access is off of scenic highway 200 west of Trout Creek, MT. On the northeastern side of the 200 bridge as it crosses over the river you turn right onto Blue Slide Road and go approximately 4 miles until you see the sign shown here. Access is easy, but road significantly narrows as you head up toward the pass.

Mouth of the Vermilion River at the Clark Fork
Here you see where the mouth dumps into the Clark Fork. This area is technically called the Noxon Reservoir because there is a hydroelectric dam between here and the Idaho state line. The next two photos are examples of the type of wading stream you will encounter when you visit the Vermilion. Try it out this summer. You will not be disappointed.

Come fly fish Idaho and western Montana.

Lolo ranch entrance near river.
Good luck and happy fly fishing.

The Idaho Angler (IdahoAngler@live.com)

Tags: Idaho Fly Fishers.com
         Yellow Stone Fly.com

         Fly fishing trip up Lightning Creek - Idaho - 1921