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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, November 30, 2012

Cranefly Larvae

Adult Cranefly

Average Size Cranefly Larvae
Cranefly Larvae as photographed and tied by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Everyone who trout fishes Idaho or any of the lower 48 knows what the Cranefly looks like - a very large mosquito. Since the terrestrial variety gets into the water by being washed in by rainwater, it makes sense that the best times to fish cranefly larvae imitations would be following heavy rains. These are not acutally aquatic insects, they just love the water. Since the larvae get washed in from the banks at small drainage flows, it is best to fish this pattern near the banks and the rainwater drainage inlets.

As you can see, these larvae are quite large, so do not skimp on the size of your hook. I prefer a 4 or 6 persoanlly.
Place bead head onto hook.
Then wrap a bright color behind.

Begin another color behind head -
I like yellow or grey.

Add dubbing and taper back to
bend of the hook.

Now wrap tightly forward to
mimic ribs.

I like to finish off by coating
with epoxy. Leave tail uncoated so
it will flare a little when wet.

This is another of those very easy to tie patterns. I don't specifically look for this larvae in the water, but the next time it rains and it is hot and there is a lot ot murky run-off flowing into the water you are fishing and your San Juan worms are ineffective, try tying on one of these. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Hard takes and tight lines to all of you avid Idaho fly fishers. You are probably avid by default if you are reading this post this time of year. Of course wintertime is great for fly tying or you could bookmark this post for warmer days if you prefer.
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snow is finally here!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!

Hoping for tight lines and hard takes for everyone. Come join us on Schweitzer Mountain until the trout start biting next Spring. More fly fishing Idaho posts to come. Couldn't resist but just took these photos today. -YellowStoneFly

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Idaho Fly Fishing Buddy's Email

Thought you all might enjoy this Idaho Fly Fishing Buddy's Email recently received. I do have some very strange fly fishing friends. See the latest in Idaho thigh high (waders)? Check out other Fly Fishing Idaho Women.

"When you start thinking about death more than sex, you know you're getting old." -Nick Nolte

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When a woman wears a leather dress, a man's heart beats quicker, his throat gets dry, he gets weak in the knees, and he thinks irrationally?
Ever wonder why? It's because she smells like New Truck! Eat you heart out Larry the Cable Guy.
Happy Idaho Fly Fishing and happy Thanksgiving. Tight lines and hard takes to you all.
Come and fly fish Idaho soon!


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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dead Drift - Tight Line Lift

Dead Drift – Tight Line Lift is a simple technique, which most fly fishers do instinctually, but can be improved, to help increase their hook-ups. Described here by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog, this nymphing technique is guaranteed to increase your catch. If you are an Idaho Fly Fishing nympher, try this and reap the rewards. I actually refined the Tight Line Lift on one of my many trips to the White and Norfork rivers in northern Arkansas when I lived in Missouri. There, this is the most effective technique for catching trout.


Remember, when nyphing, always use plenty of weight to get your fly down and a leader length at least 1½  longer than the depth at which you want to fish. Your strike indicator can help with the depth. This should put you at or near the bottom which is where the fish are and you want your nymph to be. You should always begin with a “dead” drift (no movement of your fly), by mending upstream so your fly will look to float naturally. Mend as often as you need to until you have used up all of your slack line. SEE DIAGRAM ABOVE.

Once you fly reaches the end of the drift, your line will naturally tighten. When this begins to happen, your line will swing downstream and your fly will begin a swing toward the surface in an arc. Allow the line to stay tight and swing directly below you. SEE DIAGRAM LEFT. 

Now your fly is just below the surface and directly downstream. Let it hang there for at least 10 seconds. Now the lift--simply lift your rod tip a few inches. This brings the fly closer to the surface and the trout thinks it is emerging. Now allow the rod tip to drop back down for a few seconds more. Now lift again. If you are a purist, rather than lifting the rod, you can slowly strip a few inches and accomplish the same thing. I would encourage you though to avoid the temptation to recast every time your fly reaches the end of a drift and instead try a lift. You will be surprised how many times you will get a strike. SEE DIAGRAM TO THE RIGHT ABOVE. I do this several times at the end of each drift. 

PS-I have also found that even if I get a nibble, I can frequently leave the fly in place and lift again drawing another hit. I believe this is because the fish frequently hits “short” and does not get stung by the hook, so they are frequently ready to try again. 

Good luck. If you have questions or comments, please post a comment or email me directly.

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