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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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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
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           Snake River - ID
           St. Joe River - ID
           Vermilion R. - MT


  1. I bet you have great experience in fly fishing with these places. I love fly fishing since I consider it as one of my adventure. I used to fish in tennessee fly fishing.

  2. Life is short. Just do it while you are young and before your knees and hips give out, which they will. Carpe diem.

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