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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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Here is the scoop. We will also be going on some shorter side trips this summer as well. They will be posted here. If you live in Montana, Idaho or Washington state, you may want to contact IdahoAngler@live.com for details. You'll meet some really great fellow fishers!
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Saturday, October 29, 2011


GOD'S FINAL INSPECTION OF A SOLDIER was sent to me as an email today. I grant it has nothing to do with Idaho fly fishing, but it does make a profound statement. To the original author, whom ever you may be, I give you credit and thanks. Remember our service men, ignore the media and God Bless America. Let's stop socialism NOW!
The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass..
'Step forward now, Soldier ,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?'
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
'No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
'Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.'
Author Unknown~
It's the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It's the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It's the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness..
It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military,
Please pass this on and pray for our men and women

Who have served and are currently serving our country

And pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom....

God Bless Our Military

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Popularity of Idaho Fly Fishing

"Popularity of Idaho Fly Fishing" is written by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers blog with a major contribution from Owen Penfield Fox on page 28 of the Pennsylvania State Game and Fish monthly periodical "Pennsylvania Angler-Boater, April of 1949".

This publication caught my eye online because the most avid Idaho fly fisher I know was born that month and year. The entire 28 pages is really a cool read, so enjoy. There are actually some neat fly fishing pearls in here which are appropriate even for today's fly fishing enthusiast.

Nantahala River, North Carolina
According to one online resource, "Fishing ranks as the 4th most popular participation sport in the nation (today). It ranks ahead of bicycling, bowling, basketball, golf, jogging, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, football and skiing. Only walking, swimming and camping are more popular." So come fly fish Idaho and let's make our sport #1.


Nice Nantahala Brown
Tags: Rivers of ID & the NW
          Hopper/Hopper Tandem
          Tellico Nymph

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sticky Ferrules

Sticky Ferrules” as contributed by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho FlyFishers Blog. After a long day of fly fishing Idaho, ever notice how difficult it frequently is to separate your rod at the ferrules so you can pack it away again for your next fly fishing outing? If you pull, there is too much friction and suction at the ferrules sometimes to separate the sections. If you twist the graphite, it will sometimes splinter ruining your expensive fly rod thereby making it totally unusable. You may have to replace the broken section or perhaps the entire rod. I never have this problem!

Fall on the North Platte River 2012

Alaskan Humpy 2002
Sebum is “skin oil” produced by sebaceous glands and serves to waterproof, protect and moisturize your skin. Teenagers with acne have an excess production of sebum which causes blemishes and is why their faces always look oily. The face is the one area of the body where this oil is produced copiously during most of a person’s life. The next time you go out, try taking the male end of your ferrules and rolling them several complete 360’s along your cheek before putting them together. Do this with each rod section and you will never have trouble with “sticky ferrules” again. Granted, there may still be a little suction at the connection, but usually a gentle constant pull will break this and the sections will separate nicely. 

White R. Arkansas Rainbow 1991
Even when you add the facial “skin oil”, your rod will not separate while casting any more than normal. Sorry, I have yet to figure out a way to solve this problem. Little pearls like this can save you a lot of frustration and perhaps even a fly rod or two over the years. 

Idaho fly fishing is beginning to slow a little now that fall has arrived. But the foliage is beautiful and the air is crisp. Hatches are few and far between except for an occasional mayfly midge hatch when the sun warms up the air temp above 50 degrees. Wooly buggers and other colorful streamers seem to be the best choice for good action. I just had a really good day on the Bull River,MT in my float tube stripping streamers in a deep hole full of cutthroat trout.
Nantahala R Gorge., NC 1995

If you have any fly fishing pearls you would like to share, please join our blog or email me and I will include them in a future Idaho fly fishing article. Happy fly fishing and keep in touch. Hard takes and tight lines to you all.

ADDENDUM: I was fishing with some friends on the Big Horn in October when one of them got a ferrule stuck. He had properly applied the above technique and the ferrule stuck anyway and his new rod had to be returned. Some research revealed that this can happen with graphite, although it has never personally happened to me. Try a little parafin wax instead. Seems to work very well.  


Kodiac, AK Pink Salmon 2002

          Clark Fork River, ID/MT
         Moyie River, ID
         Kootenai River, ID/MT

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Idaho Fly Fishers Association (IDFFA)

This article was posted by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog on October 5th, 2011. Not being a computer geek, late last year I developed one of my first websites the IDFFA (an acronym for the Idaho Fly Fishers Association.com). As you already know, most fly fishing websites have chat rooms and/or blogs built into their sites. Well, limited resources and poor computer skills prohibited me from this approach. So, I did the next best thing.

I developed a website and multiple link tabs from free website and blog services which easily connect the two. Of course my passion and love for the sport originally stimulated the blog/website formation. I certainly make no money from them, but they are fun! Perhaps my prose could be better, but I do speak with passion about Idaho fly fishing. I currently get about 1000 page views each month without any marketing, so some out there must enjoy the read. Perhaps someday I might be able to sell ads (right now I give the space away). So if you know a vendor that wants some cheap advertising space on a passionate, evolving (growing in popularity) blog/website please let me know. Any other suggestions from those of you who are computer savvy, please post.
Anyway, the original purpose of the sites was to encourage persons to fly fish Idaho with me and other association members. We do now have ten members, including myself, with the bug. We get together for one special trip each year and we have a blast! The website and blog have expanded their purpose since their origins with articles which I think may be of interest to all fly fishers who not only fly fish Idaho but anywhere in the world. We also have some really cool fly fishing photos which have been accumulated over the years.

As a side, I have been a avid collector of a vast amount (according to my wife) of fly fishing stuff which I really need to purge. I (we) came to this realization just this month when I moved into a new house and found space limited. This has been a multiple decade hobby (addiction) and there really is some neat stuff. Check in frequently to see the things which I will be letting go. There are many antique fly rods (most of which I personally restored), antique reels, antique flies and some other really neat wall hangers for your get-away fishing cabins. I am hoping to develop a separate sales page just for this purpose, so stay with us. I do have a day job, but will get to this and other blog postings as soon as possible.

Happy Idaho fly fishing! Consider going fishing with me or other IDFFA members. Simply go to the member’s page on the website for their home states and email addresses.