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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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Friday, March 16, 2012

Spring Flyng 2012

"Spring Flyng 2012" prepared by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers. Driving south today from the panhandle of Idaho one couldn't help but notice that spring is here. The runoff has definitely begun. Rivers seem to be pouring out of the hillsides everywhere. The lakes are beginning to fill. The streams and rivers are beginning to over flow their banks. Even the ice fishers are conspicuously absent. I wouldn't go out on the ice right now either.

Before you know it the Idaho fly fishing season will be upon us. Oh yeah, don't forget to get your 2012 license. Time to get out the rods and dust them off. Oil your reels. Clean your fly lines. Begin tying your favorite patterns or visit your local fly shop. Considering the stream flows I would begin with woolies or San Juan worms. Make sure you get them deep even if you have to use sinking line. Don't forget a few split shots as well.

But before you know it, the cutties will be hitting brown drakes and PMD's. So make sure you have some good floatant as well. For information regarding fly fishing Idaho and her rivers, go to our QuickView blog post page. You've got to come and fish some of our great rivers this year. Some of the photos here just might get you in the mood. Whether you fish our big waters like the Coeur d'Alene, Clark Fork, Clearwater, Kootenai  or smaller streams like Lightening Creek, Moyie, St. Joe and Priest, you will surely find a riffle to fit your fancy.

Happy Idaho fly fishing!

Tags: Big Wood River - Idaho
          Clark Fork River
          Moyie River
          Flathead River
          Snake River
          Kootenai River

Monday, March 5, 2012


"LIPS" courtesy of "BO" and the Idaho Fly Fishers.

Oh to kiss such beauties !!!
Idaho Fly Fishers do not drink !!!
Non-alcholic wine ???.
Odie (who never drinks) & the Colonel

Come and fly fish Idaho soon and check out the links below for some great Idaho fly fishing!

Tags:  Bull River Hogs - Montana
           Big Horn River - Montana
           Big Wood River

Friday, March 2, 2012

Bragging Rights

Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resost from east side of lake @ Hope, ID

"Bragging Rights" is written by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. We not only have the best Idaho fly fishing, but we also have one of the WORLD's top 7 underrated ski resorts. We have had 260" of snow by March 1st. That works out to be over 21.5 FEET. WooooW! According to the CNN Travel article by Margaret Loftus, updated 5:10 PM EST, Fri February 24, 2012:

Schweitzer Mountain Resort - Idaho
Skier on "Sundowner"
black diamond.

"High up in Idaho's panhandle nine miles outside of Sandpoint, Schweitzer isn't as accessible as other West Coast resorts. As a result, it's unlikely you'll wait more than five minutes in the lift line. Then there's the 2,900 skiable acres -- more than neighbor Sun Valley. While the mountain is known for its off-trail skiing among the trees, the terrain varies from the bunny hill to steep, double-black pitches. The 6,400-foot summit affords skiers panoramic views of Idaho, Montana, Washington and Canada, as well as Lake Pend Oreille. Slopeside digs start at $164; adult lift tickets at $67."

And according to CNN Travel's: The West's best ski towns - December 24, 2010:

Ski hill from ski village.
"Most under the radar: Sandpoint, Idaho. When you hear that Sandpoint is in Idaho's Panhandle between the glacially formed Lake Pend Oreille (pon-duh-ray) and the Selkirk Mountains, a natural reaction would be, "Um ...where?" And that's the charm of this small town of folk artists, Olympic snowboarders and railroad employees (working Amtrak's Empire Builder route). Everyone comes together at MickDuff's Brewing Co. and Pend d'Oreille Winery's tasting room and Bistro Rouge Café. Slopes: Eleven miles from Sandpoint at the 2,900-acre Schweitzer Mountain ($65), forests stretch out as far as the eye can see (you might even spot Canada, 45 miles away)."

Lastly, Sandpoint received Rand McNally and USA Today's Most Beautiful 2011 Town Award:

We invite you to beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho

Sandpoint voted "most beautiful""Sandpoint, in the northern tip of Idaho, is no ordinary vacation destination. Located on magnificent 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, surrounded by the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains, and with Schweitzer Mountain ski resort minutes away, Sandpoint is blessed with outstanding attractions. But it goes deeper than that. The town itself is exceptional, home to a thriving arts community, the historic Panida Theater, a busy events schedule, a plethora of excellent restaurants, fine hotels and unusual shopping keynoted by the national retailer, Coldwater Creek. How do you describe extraordinary? Just say Sandpoint, Idaho."

So don't miss out on all the panhandle section of Idaho has to offer. Breathtaking beauty and great rivers and lakes do indeed make this the lower 48's premier destination. Come fly fish Idaho and snow ski and whitewater raft and hike and bike and boat and relax and drink the local wines and beer. You will be impressed. Visit Schweitzer Mountain Resort on Facebook and us as well at the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog Facebook Page

Tags:  Idaho - Come explore!
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          Old Idaho Fly Fisher
          Winter Doldrums