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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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Sunday, December 29, 2013

America's Private Army,,,

...Under Direct Control of We the People.

Interesting slant on things. Don't remember who sent this to us. Pretty amazing though!

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:
1-There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin. Allow me to restate that number: 600,000!
2-Over the last several months, Wisconsin's hunters have become the eighth largest army in the world. That's more men under arms than in Iran and more than France and Germany combined. 

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These men, deployed to the woods of a single American state--Wisconsin. They hunt with firearms, and NO ONE WAS KILLED. That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan's 700,000 hunters, ALL OF WHOM HAVE RETURNED HOME SAFELY. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the LARGEST army in the world.

NOW add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It's millions more. What’s the  point here? America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower! Hunting... it's not just a way to fill the freezer,,,

IT’S A MATTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY! That's why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed. See our post on U.N.Small Arms Treaty.

Here is some food for thought the next time the US considers a gun control law like the U.N.Small Arms Treaty. Even if we don’t disregard the assumption that hunters do not possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain. What army of 2 million would want to face 30 million, 40 million, or 50 million armed US citizens who live on this soil for which they are fighting?

For the sake of our freedom, don't ever allow gun control in the US. Keep our shores safe!. 

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Hard takes, tight lines and huge fish throughout 2014 and forever. May we always be free to fly fish Idaho (and hunt here) and all of our 50 great states. Do not allow BIG BROTHER to control your God given right to fish (and hunt) our country's waters and lands. And do not let him decide that the rainbow trout in Yellowstone Park, which have lived there since their introduction in 1872, are less important than the cutthroat (WHICH SOME GREENIES HAVE DECIDED ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OUR RAINBOW). See our War on Fish post.


Idaho Fly Fishers BlogTags:  Bill of Rights
     Fly Fishing Freedom
God, Guns & Guts

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Idaho - Year Round Fishery

On Thursday, December 19, 2013 3:42 PM, Randy Dingman <rdingman91@yahoo.com> wrote: 

Happy New Year - Dec 19th with a small break in the bitter cold made it up to the Cda (Coeur d'Alene) River for some late season cold weather fishing and to see if I could use your advice ...

I had in mind the heavy slow moving flies you spoke of in a recent blog post. Like to share a few photos

I took 52 photos today of about a dozen nice colorful fish ..I had to check the month of Dec. off my list for landing fish to show that Idaho is a good Year Round Fishery ...

Tight Lines  Thru the Year ahead of Us.

YellowStoneFly please feel free to us any photo's. As far as how I caught fish I had a big white rabbit hair/fur Zonker. My fishing buddy did really good on a green wooly bugger. Just streamer fishing, Slow and low with no indicators.
Thank You, HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Tight Lines throughout 2014.
Randy Dingman (Master Guide)

Randy's contact information is:
Work at ROW Adventures
Personal email
Cell Phone: 208-755-4403

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

San Juan Worm Alternative

Written by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog and tied by the same. Big fly, heavy and very effective. Works great on the Big Horn, particularly in red. These are tied on a long-shank 1-0 hook. Sorry, photos bad. Color is light, lime green.

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Tie in thread color of choice @ bend.

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Slip down to within 1/4" of barb.

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Wrap back to within 1/4" of eye
using abutting wraps.

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Wrap back to barb with 1/8" spacing.

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Wrap forward again to eye with
again abutting wraps.

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Tie off and coat length with superglue.

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Multiple colors will work + add sparkle. 

Tight lines and hard takes to you all.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

A very merry Christmas to all of our followers and readers from YellowStoneFly and all of our Idaho Fly Fishers Blog staff and contributors. Our prayer for you: God bless you all and may you have a happy, healthy and successful 2014. Please help our politicians get something done in Washington this next year and enable them to stop wasting our time and money. PS-Also please God bless all those having to fight and struggle with ObamaCare right now. May our elected idiots come up with a solution very soon.

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Our special thanks to our fjord Walter for this wonderful Christmas time photo. Please come and fly fish Idaho soon--a great state in which no one wants to live full time because it is so boring, ugly and unpleasant.

Idaho fly fishing blog photoHard takes and tight line during this Christmas holiday season to you all.


Tags:   Master Fly Fishing Guide
     New Year's Resolution 2013
     Perfect Fishing Raft
     Post Falls, ID Father's Letter

Monday, December 9, 2013

YSF Assam

YSF Assam tied on #1 (or larger) 2-3X hook. This is our own derivation of the Charles E. Brooks famous Assam Dragon and tied here by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Basically the fly thorax is the Assam Dragon--the tail is tied just like a Wooly Bugger's tail. Great fly for all species of larger fish such as trout, smallmouth, largemouth, pike, stripe bass and speckle trout just to name a few. It may be tied in multiple colors and as you can see here, makes a wonderful Christmas tree ornament--just make sure you either cut off or tape up the barb or hang it high enough where the kids and pets won't bother.

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Tail marabou + 15-20 strands pearl flashabou.
0.020 lead wire thorax body weight.

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Tie in rabbit zonker.

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Tie on 6 rubber legs on top of lead wire. 

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Wrap zonker forward once superglue added to wire top.
Whip finish head with desired color thread.

This fly floats great and provides a lot of great very live looking action in the water whether it is allowed to  dread drift or it is stripped. Tight lines, hard takes and happy holidays.


Idaho Fly FishingTags: Adams Male
     A "Perfect" Fly
     BH Zebra Nymph
     Black Crawler

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Life and Aging

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 Idaho Fly FishingIdaho Fly Fishing"Good friends are like quilts--they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things.

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. (THANK GOD FOR BOTOX). So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
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As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore.  I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer a question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
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As in the words of Bill Cosby: “Yes, as people age, they say whatever they think. When you realize, you only have 15-20 years left, you will do the same.”  

Hard takes, tight lines and may your gray hair bring to you the knowledge and experience to catch many more trout. Happy Idaho fly fishing. Come and fly fish Idaho soon.


Brown Trout from Idaho Fly Fishers BlogTags: Slow Dries? Try Clipping!
     Sticky Ferrules
"YSF Stinger" Perfected
     YSF Forever Strike Indicator 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Why Idaho?

It takes a hearty soul to live in Idaho. We have more wilderness than any other of the lower 48 states. There are many dangerous critters here. The springs are very wet, the falls are only somewhat colorful due to our lack of deciduous trees, our summers are very short and the winters--well it is going to rise above freezing on one of the next ten days. So if I were you I would not even think about moving to Idaho. But it is okay to come here for a short holiday and try some Idaho fly fishing. (LEFT CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE).

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Sunrise in eastern Idaho

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Idaho mountain estate

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Idaho limo

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Trestle Creek, ID

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Lone roadside bald eagle

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Winter calf

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Idaho chauffeur

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Lake Tahoe North

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Idaho wilderness!
Come fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes and tight lines.

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Tags:  Approved Fly Fishing Website Links
     Great 2013 NW River Catches
     Popularity of Idaho Fly Fishing 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Skunk Hair Caddis

The Skunk Hair Caddis is effective but not so easy to tie. This is a Charles E. Brooks original.

Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. Charlie was a noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed some amazing stuff from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's. Researching the feeding habits and living habitats of large trout was his thing.

WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure. Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks. Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old Wooly Worms, Assam Dragons (never heard of before now) and SKUNH HAIR CADDIS deep below surface. Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective. On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange). All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout. 

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#8 3X streamer hook, black thread, 0.020mm lead wire
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Tufts of mostly black skunk--tail is the best and longest
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Multiple tufts "wrapped" toward eye
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May take 5-6 tufts to get past lead wire
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Cut off forward excess & add black hackle
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3-4 wraps of hackle, build head & tie off with hitch knots
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Cut off tail. None needed.

Come and fly fish Idaho this spring. Hard takes, tight lines and huge trout to all of our fly fishing friends and readers.