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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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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Ode to my "Baby Girl" (3/26/2000-2/27/2013)

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this post. Today I had to say goodbye to my "baby girl" of almost 13 years. She came to us in the spring of 2000. She was unbelievably cute. One of  the most gorgeous little things I had ever seen. So full of life and love it makes me cry to think of those days.

When she was just a little thing, she would jump into my lap with her tiny feet, barely indenting my jeans as I sat there watching the evening news. She would run and play and I would get tired just looking at her. As she grew, my lap got smaller and smaller. Her feet grew larger and by the time she was sixty pounds, it was a struggle just letting her stand on me. She filled our lives with such joy that I cannot describe.

When her brothers Bosley and Cooper came along, she took them into the fold as she would have her own children. And, until she got sick, she was "in charge" and protected them with her life. Always willing to play even as she aged. Until the very end, she would let the little one hang from her neck and never would make a sound. She loved them deerly!

When I would get home, she would always greet me with a spring in her step and would often curl up next to me at night letting me know everything was alright. Her love was unconditional. I always thought that I was caring for her, when in fact she was caring for me. Without Lou, my life would have been totally incomplete. I WILL MISS HER SO!

Just yesterday she took her final walk with us and her brothers on a short trail overlooking Lake Pend O'reille, ID. There is a beautiful and quiet bluff. This was her area of National Park. We hope to spread her ashes next to the park bench where she used to love to lay in the sunshine and rest before continuing down the mountain home. With everything that is happening in the world and country today, I sincerely hope Lou's final resting place will always remain as pristine as it is today and was yesterday. Her final day.

Never in a million years did I think I would feel this sad. When the tumor on her shoulder began to grow rapidly, I knew the end was near. But I never could have prepared myself for her loss. I only wish I could express in prose what she has meant to me.

Very few will read this, but I have advise for you all. Watch more sunsets, really feel the snow flakes and raindrops on your face, hug your children and grandchildren. Tell them that you love them. They or you will be gone sooner than you think. Fly fish, golf, hike and make love to your wife as often as you can.

Yes, today I had to put to sleep my beloved dog Sheba Lou, You will be missed and thought of forever. Blessings to you and I will see you again soon.

Hard takes and tight lines forever to you all.


No tags today!

My "baby girl" is pictured below. She was beautiful don't you think?

Sheba Lou in her younger years!

My favorite group shot/ My wife Kandi, Cooper on left.
Baby Bosley in the middle. Sheba on the right.

Sheba Lou on 2/26/2013.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Short, short back casts

Short, short back casts brought to you by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. I am sure this has never happened to you. But wouldn't you love to see it happen?

You should go Idaho Fly Fishing soon! Why miss out on a situation like this?
Hard ones and tight lines hopefully forever.
Tags:  Fly Line Basics
           Fly Reel Basics
           Fly Rod Basics

Friday, February 22, 2013

ROW Fly Fishing Adventures

ROW is predominantly a whitewater rafting company, but they do fly fishing trips as well. Here are a couple of photos recently sent to me by ROW guide Randy Dingman from this winter. He'll put you on the fish in northern & central Idaho and western Montana. Give him a call or email.

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

Check these out! Now this is a real Idaho fly fishing guy!

PS-Planning a spring trip to the Green River in northeastern Utah. Anyone got any advise as to the best time to go and what flies to bring?

Happy Idaho Fly Fishing
Hard takes and tight lines always.
         YSF Salmon Slayer
         YSF Stinger (Foam Terrestrial)
         Hot Wings

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Check out my new Idaho Fly Fishers' personalized license plate.


The Perfect "Pile" Cast
Hard takes and tight lines forever.
Tags:  Adams Male
           A "Perfect" Fly
           BH Zebra Nymph

Friday, February 15, 2013

Fly Fishing's Bucket List

Nantahala River, NC
I am not a great fan of either, but I must say Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson did a great job in "Bucket List" the movie. I have personally almost completed my personal fly fishing bucket list which I would like to share with you and I suggest you consider doing the same. The younger the better but just do DO IT! I will begin in New England then cross the country.

Big Horn, MT Brown

The Ausable River in New York is a great summertime river. Also check local fly shops for guides and suggestions.

The Upper Delaware River and Yellow Breches Creek in Pennsylvania can be really good in the spring time.

The Shenandoah River in Virginia can be great for smallies in the spring and early summer mornings.

For my personal eastern favorite, they the Nantahala River in the Smoky Mountains below Asheville, NC.

Georgia, definitely the Chatooga River stands out above the rest. .

The Little Pigeon River near Gatlinburg, TN is rocky but full of great little rainbow and brookies.

Kodiac, AK Humpy
Have never fished them, but I hear the Kentucky Lakes are really great fly fishing lakes.

In the midwest, you cannot beat the White and Norfork Rivers. They are a fly fisher's tailwater paradise.  The original owner of Woodsmans, now deceased, was a very close personal friend for 30 years.

The Rockies are full uf great rivers. Try the Arkansas, Boulder and Gunnison rivers in Colorado. The Green River in Utah is one of the best tailwater fisheries, if not the best, in the country. The San Juan, Taos and Los Alamos rivers in New Mexico and the Salt/Verde river section of Arizona is also a must add and are on my personal list.

Kootenai, MT Bull
The golden trout of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the artic greyling trout of British Columbia should be on all Idaho Fly Fishers trout species bucket list. Remember, in the US, bull trout must be released as soon as possible once caught. Take a quick photo and measurements the get a nice plastic mount made for your trophy shelf. I do know where bulls can be caught on the Kootenai and Flathead rivers in Montana, but if you go to the Bull River in BC, they are legal. If you are going to Kimberly, British Columbia (a really cool, old western town) anyway for bull trout, you might as well fish the Elk River and Michelle Creek too. Huge cutthroat, bull and rainbow are in each!

Alaska's Kodiac Island has the best salmon and I hear taimen trout in Siberia and the browns in Patagonia will take your arm off. If you are a bird hunter as well, there are combo hunt/fly fishing trips available in Argentina and Chile.

The last thing on my personal "bucket list" would of course be trout fishing New Zealand.

White River, AR Rainbow
I have done many, but not all of the waters listed here. If I am able to fly fish all of these rivers and countries, I would be a very luck man indeed. Begin your list today and go for it. If you have time to research all of these links, you should at least be on Idaho Fly Fishers Blog for a while. That's good, because we need the business.

PS - In Idaho and Montana, try guide Randy (The Solution) Dingman at ROW Adventures and my persopnal favorite trout river to date is the Big Horn. Also, consider a membership in the Idaho Fly Fishers Association. Just drop me an email at the address below or visit the IDFFA's website. It's free to all and you might even meet a few new Idaho/Montana/Washington fly fishing friends.

Hard takes and tight lines 'til the end.


St. Joe, ID Cutty
Tags:  Missouri River - MT
           Moyie River - ID
           Snake River - ID
           St. Joe River - ID
           Vermilion R. - MT

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Teaching math since the 1950s

Teaching math since the 1950s:

1. Teaching math in the 1950s-A fly fisher sells a truckload of salmon for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?

2. Teaching Math in the 1960s-A fly fisher sells a truckload of salmon for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching math in the 1970s-A fly fisher sells a truckload of salmon for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching math in the 1980s-A fly fisher sells a truckload of salmon for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching math in the 1990s-A fly fisher catches a truckload of salmon because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of salmon or the preservation of our rivers. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the salmon feel after the fly fisher caught them? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's ok.)

 6. Teaching math in 2009-Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?*

7. Teaching math in 2013-Who cares, just steal the salmon from your rich neighbor's truck. He won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says it's OK anyway cuz it's redistributing the wealth.

Hard takes and tight lines to all our Idaho Fly Fishers.


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