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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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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fly Line Basics

Braided Silk Line on old Hardy Reel
"Fly Line Basics" written by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog to enhance one’s knowledge of the numerous fly lines that are available today. Idaho fly fishing requires a vast knowledge of conditions and techniques and lines in order to ensure fly fishing success. I assume that most of you reading this blog have a basic knowledge of available lines so, after a brief intro opening paragraph, we will discuss the tricks I find to be the most successful.

When you freshwater fly fish Idaho or any lower 48 rivers you will generally be using fairly light tackle. Many manufacturers and retailers sell all sorts of lines. Courtland, Scientific Angler, Orvis, Rio, Cabelas, Airflo, Sage and more all offer many varieties of line and backing. Historically fly lines have evloved from braided horse hair to braided silk (shown above) to the coated lines of today. Needless to say the coating, composition, size and even the shape can make a huge difference. But personally, I like the functional and inexpensive. I cannot tell a huge difference between the lesser and more expensive lines. Below is a comparison of lines ing the 7-weight category. The cross sections are proportionally similar (up or down) for lighter and heavier line weights.

CROSS SECTION OF 7-WEIGHT LINES
Core diameter
Coating diameter
Sinking line
.025”
.038”
Standard floating line

.025”
.055”
Super low density line
.025
.065”
Saltwater floating line
.025”
.050
Chart from Modern Fly Lines by Bruce Richards

As a general rule, line weight is based on rod weight, but can be adjusted up or down by a factor of one (1). In other words, a 5-weight rod can accommodate a 4, 5, or 6 weight line. A 6-weight rod accommodates a 5, 6 or 7 weight line and so on; this rule does NOT apply for sinking line. Realize, you may have to adjust casting techniques for line weights and rod stiffness, but it is really not that hard to do. It is purely a matter of “feel”. So I suggest you consider buying different reel spools and fill with different weight lines rather than different rods for different conditions. It’s a lot cheaper to do it this way.

Payne Fly Line in original Box
I connect my line to my inexpensive 20-25# backing with a simple “nail” knot. It will stay forever and I have never had one slip off. On the leader end, I like a loop again secured with a “nail” knot. There are many ways to secure a leader to your fly line, but I like a loop-to-loop so I can change leaders quickly on the water. One other thing, “weight forward-WF” is a little easier to cast with a forward cast or “haul”, but it is not as easy to “roll” cast. I prefer the “double taper-DT” line for this reason and because when it begins to wear, you can simply reverse it on the spool and you don’t have to throw it away and replace; again this can get expensive.

Have a wonderful time fly fishing Idaho and come back soon.
           Fly Rod Basics
          Rod Weights - 101 


Sandpoint Idaho Winter

"Sandpoint Idaho Winter" photos by YellowStoneFly at the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Well, until spring thaw occurs, please enjoy photos of our cool town. Met a lady on the chair lift at Schweitzer Mountain Resot yesterday from Grand Rapids Michigan. She said she had skied all over and ours was the most beautiful of all the resorts she had visited.

Schweitzer Mountain slope-side condos

Pair of moose relaxing in south Sandpoint, ID
Courtesy Bonner Daily Bee News

Nice little snow today (Feb. 29, 2012)
Come and see our really neat western town, beautiful evergreens and hemlocks (some hundreds of years old). There is crystal clear water everywhere and no cactus plants or pinyon pines. Once spring comes around, we will not only be doing some excellent Idaho fly fishing, but we will also be boating, whitewater rafting, hiking and really enjoying our wonderfully temperate climate drinking local beer and wine on our deck watching the bald eagles and osprey fly overhead.

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          Hot Wings
         Moyie River - Idaho

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fly Fishing – A Hobby?


Fly Fishing – A Hobby?” is posted by YellowStoneFly for Idaho Fly Fishers in hopes of making a very important point. I would venture to say 90+% of you fly fish just for the sport. Most of us “Catch & Release” and many of you fish barbless in hopes of not harming the fish and allowing future generations of fly fishers the opportunity to catch the same fish. Hopefully the fish will get even larger and be more fun to catch tomorrow. I even know a few who cut off the entire hook and just fish the fly. They do so just to see or feel the rise and the take.
Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear

For those of you who watch the news, the world seems to be at a critical point in time. Are we soon to face a nuclear holocaust or will the Mayans be right in that the world’s end occur on December 21st of this year? If you had to, could you keep the fish you catch for FOOD? Most of us certainly could, but choose not to. But just think of all the nourishment you could get from your catch. Certainly beats spam.

YSF Stinger
So if you are among the few anticipating Armageddon, in your survival packs, you may want to include a vise, a few spools of thread, some tying materials (many of which you can obtain by hunting) and some hooks. None of these take up much room and are very light weight. Make sure if you do so, include a copy of some of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog posts like “A Perfect Fly”. I would also make copies of the more effective and popular patterns like the “Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear”, “YSF Foam Terrestrial” and the “Montana Sparrow”.
Montana Sparrow

So occasionally think of your Idaho fly fishing fetish as the possible means to an end. FOOD! However, until the fateful bomb drops, we still encourage “Catch & Release”. Check us out often and don’t forget to go to our “QuickView Post Retrieval” page for all of our historical posts about some great fly fishing rivers, techniques and secrets. We would actually love to have you join our blog or at least send to us your questions and comments. We will make sure they get posted.


          San Juan Worm
         Tellico Nymph
       
Tellico Nymph