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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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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Post Falls, ID Father's Letter

I have been wanting to write this post for sometime but did not know where to begin until this morning when my father-in-law sent to me the letter below written by Mr. Evenderwerff. You may or may not believe in this Idaho Fly Fishers' right to bear arms and protect those he loves, but we at the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog do. Please read throughout its entirery and pay special attention to the link at the end. Thanks for viewing - YellowStoneFly at the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog.

A father from Post Falls, Idaho sent the below to CNN's iReport.

These guns protect my children, by evanderwerff (user name) 

These are my children. My daughter is 6 and my son is 4. Those of you who have small kids know how fantastic it is to watch them learn and grow every single day. You also know how much you want to protect your little ones from harm. I protect them from choking, drowning, running in front of traffic, sharp objects, and the list goes on. I also protect them from anyone who would do them harm. There has been violence and killing since the beginning of time. World peace sounds like a great idea but let’s face reality – we are NEVER going to rid the world of violence. All we can do is try to mitigate its effect on us. 

These are the guns that protect my family. My rifle holds 30 rounds. My pistol holds 13 rounds. I carry an extra 30 round magazine in my car just in case I ever have to give ammo to a police officer who may have run out. I am a concealed pistol license holder, I am an avid hunter and fisherman and I DO NOT own these weapons to hunt or fish with. I own them to protect my precious, innocent little ones. The 2nd amendment doesn’t have a “sporting” or “target shooter” clause. The 2nd amendment was written to allow me – a free American Citizen – the right to choose what “arms” I choose to bear. 

Senator Feinstein, Mayor Bloomberg, Congresswoman Pelosi, Vice President Biden, WHAT GUNS protect you?? Please share with us, I don’t think it is a national security breach to share what equipment your protectors use to keep you safe every day. Is your safety more important than my little ones? Are your lives worth more? Please state this for the record for everyone to know that the life and safety of a public figure is more valuable than the lives and safety of everyday American children. 

These are the tools that I choose to protect my household with. What gives you the right to decide what equipment I use to do this? If your protectors carry guns with less than 10 rounds, then I will gladly follow your example. If you feel that your security and safety would be well served with small capacity handguns and rifles, then please share this with the country so we can follow your personal lead in this matter. 

You are elected SERVANTS of the public, not reigning royalty. “I am not your subject,” wrote Joshua Boston in a recent iReport letter that has received a ton of publicity. You aren’t the lords and we are not your vassals. 

I hope more Dads speak up with me. We are the protectors of not only our families, but our communities also. I’m fed up with the same old emotional response to a tragedy, “Ban them all,” you cry. But HOW and WHY are you able to do this when right outside your door are armed guards keeping you safe with the EXACT same equipment that I use to keep mine safe? 

I’m not a professional writer, save your negative comments on my grammar or punctuation. How can you say that I don’t have the right to use the same equipment that our elected officials use to protect themselves?


“Americansnever give up your guns” By Stanislav Mishin is one of the best renditions concerning our 2nd Amendment rights which I have ever read. Mr. Mishin is a Russian blogger, who, due to his country’s own past, realizes more than most Americans what we may soon lose. This is an absolute MUSTREAD for all Americans!  

Tags: Sticky Ferrules
          "YSF Stinger" Perfected
           YSF Forever Strike Indicator

Monday, January 7, 2013

Fly Fishing is Life

You may not believe this but Fly Fishing is Life! YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog believes and so do many of our readers. You all have heard of the New Age Preppers which are "coming out" in droves. Well, I am here to tell you that many are taking up the sport of fly fishing because it is cheap, productive and can put food on your table if the need arises. Now basically we support "catch and release", but what if there were no grocery stores? How would you feed yourself and your family? Many now believe that fly fishing may very well be the answer.

The following you may find interesting and is courtesy of the website LivingStrong:

General Vitamin Content

Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, one cooked trout filet weighing about 2 ounces has 1 percent of the recommended daily intake -- RDI -- for vitamin A. The nutrient is an antioxidant that neutralizes disease-causing molecules known as free radicals. The fish cut also provides seven of the B-complex vitamins: It contains 7 percent of the RDI for B-6, 77 percent for B-12, 18 percent for thiamin and niacin, 15 percent for riboflavin, 14 percent for pantothenic acid and 2 percent for folate. As a group, the B vitamins facilitate digestion, making it possible for your body to extract energy from foods.

General Mineral Content

Trout has all essential minerals in varying amounts. The cooked fish provides 3 percent of the RDI for calcium, 7 percent for iron and copper, 4 percent for magnesium and zinc, 19 percent for phosphorous, 6 percent for potassium, 2 percent for sodium, 34 percent for manganese and 14 percent for selenium. Minerals play different roles to help your various systems to function. Potassium, for example, is an electrolyte. The nutrient powers your tissues, cells and organs with the electrical signals it transmits.

Additional Nutrition

Trout is rich in amino acids, the precursors of proteins. One 2-ounce fillet contains sufficient amino acids for your body to produce 33 percent of the recommended daily intake for protein. It also provides 8 percent of the RDI for fat and gives you 118 calories, fuel that takes 25 minutes of moderate walking to burn.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/543395-nutrition-data-facts-on-trout/#ixzz2HLLnTheJ

In your "bug out" bag, you can easily pack your rod, reel, a vise, hooks, a few simple tools and enough fly tying materials to put trout on your table for years to come. These do not weigh very much. And if you simply follow our simple fly tying instructions (Fly Tying on our QuickView page), print them and carry with you, walla, you can easily feed your loved ones in a time of need. Remember, only keep what you need to survive.

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Tags: Parachute Wings (Made Easy)
          Pheasant Tail Nymph
          Prince Nymph
          San Juan Worm

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Resolution 2013

Clark Fork River Brown

New Year's Resolution 2013 posted and written by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog for your reading pleasure on this January 1st, 2013. As I reflect on all of the Idaho Fly Fishing years past and future, unfortunately the past years now out number the future years. I always told my children that after a certain age, the years begin to explode by. The only problem is I cannot now remember the age at which the explosion began. Was it 16, 21, 30 or even 50+? What will you leave behind for future generations? Will it be wealth, land, a book written, a fly rod or reel or just a scrapbook of old fly fishing memories for you grandson. I contend that perhaps the later may be far more important to that grandson (or granddaughter) than any amount ot money.

"Dear God, let me fly fish as many rivers and lakes in Idaho (and Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Brazil, Russia and New Zealand) as possible before I die. Let me catch just one more ten pound bow or brown on a 7X tippet with a 22 midge taking 20 minutes to land and making my arms and legs feel like jello. Make my pounding  heart, that makes me feel as if  I were standing next to a maniac on a quail hunt with a 12 gauge, not fail so I can go on to fly fish another day. And Lord, let my catch have a huge hooked jaw and be as colorful as an October sunset so the memory and photograph will be forever blazed in my mind. Let the measurements be quick just as the release and lastly, let the mount I order be so close to the actual catch that everytime I look at it I will remember the excitement as if it were yesterday." This Idaho Fly Fishers Prayer reads like a New Year's Resolution to me. How about you?
Randy w/ Row Adventures

The snow is now deep in the inland northwest. The fly tying vises are whirring with activity in anticipation of a great spring and summer of Idaho fly fishing. We are wishing you and yours a joyous New Year and may you lines be forever tight and your takes arm shattering. Please come back and visit us often. We would love for you to join our blog since we are new (see opening below header for instructions). And when you begin planning your 2013 fishing trip come here often to look for Fly Tying Instructions and Great Idaho Fly Fishing Rivers.

Also of note, the Idaho Fly Fishers Association (IDFFA.com) has a newcomer to welcome:

Randy (The Solution) Dingman / Inland NW / Clark Fork, Spokane,
Grande Rhonde, Clearwater, Selway, Salmon, Snake and Rogue Rivers /
rdingman91@yahoo.com / Contact phone not listed.
Randy is a fishing guide with Row Adventure:

Guide Randy Dingman w/ Nice Bow
P.O. Box 579
202 Sherman Ave.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Telephone: (8:30am-5:30pm Pacific Standard Time)
Toll Free: (800) 451-6034
Direct: (208) 765-0841

This is a really great and professional outfitter which also offers whitewater rafting trips which can be very exciting. Simply ask my wife and her sister how exciting the Row trip on the Clark Fork was last summer. So anyway, a warm welcome to Randy. The IDFFA is a new organization without charge to its members and without manditory meetings (maybe we'll begin an occasional meeting once membership grows). Anyway, we would love to have you join us as well. Simply send to me IdahoAngler (aka YellowStoneFly) your real name, handle or nickname (otherwise one may be assigned), home town, fly fishing waters, email address for publishing, and phone number if you also wish to have published. You do not have to live in Idaho to join, just love to fly fish. A group of IDFFA members usually converge for a few days of fishing each year to enjoy eachothers company, a few cigars, and some beer and Kentucky sour mash. Last year, and the two prior on the Big Horn in south central Montana.  

Tight lines and hard takes,


 Tags: Dead Drift - Tight Line Lift
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Hopper/Hopper - Tamdem Secrets
Most Economical Floatant