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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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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

If You Can't Catch 'Em.....

IDFFA member Harold S. getting supercharged on the
Kootenai R.- Idaho fly fishing slow that PM.  

Idaho Fly Fishers' YellowStoneFly rarely writes opinion pieces but maybe we should occasionally. Being born and raised in the South, sour mash Kentucky bourbon, in moderation of course, is my drink of choice. As I have aged, my tastes have changed, which indeed helps my pocket book. I once only drank Wild Turkey (until I discovered it was made in France) and Jack Daniels. I strongly suggest those who have a bourbon palate to try Old Crow. Side-by-side, I can tell no difference except the price--$19 for the Crow and $50 for the JD in the half gallon.

Pay no attention to the naysayers, ladies and gentlemen: Old Crow is (pardon me here, Coca-Cola) the real thing.

To be more specific, Old Crow is the first, original sour mash bourbon whiskey, named for the inventor of the sour mash technique (c. 1835), Dr. James Crow. If you drink bourbon -- any bourbon -- Old Crow is the headwater of the stream you're drinking from. To drink Old Crow is to drink history.

It was the preferred spirit of Ulysses S. Grant.
A famous story (from Wikipedia) about Grant and Lincoln goes like this: Grant was an infamous drinker during the war and during Lincoln’s presidency. This particular bit of lore had the general’s critics going to President Lincoln, charging the military man with being a drunk. Lincoln is supposed to have replied, “I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to all of my other generals.”

Henry Clay, the man who said that he "would rather be right than be President," drank Old Crow as he sat through lengthy sessions in the US Senate.
Clay served many years in the U.S. House of Representatives, including ten years in an important position of leadership as Speaker of the House. He served in the U.S. Senate briefly from 1806 to 1807, again from 1810 to 1811, and then from 1831 until his death in 1852. Under President John Quincy Adams (1767–1848; served 1825–29), Clay served as secretary of state from 1825 until 1829. In 1824, 1832, and 1844, Clay ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. presidency.

I'm not much on the vocabulary of beverage reviews. Hey ... it tastes like whiskey, okay? Good whiskey. If there are any aromas or overtones, they are of corn and ethyl alcohol. Old Crow is "straight" (meaning it's aged for at least two years) "Kentucky bourbon" (at least 51% corn, natural with only water added to the mash, aged in new charred oak barrels) whiskey.

My subjective taste meter tells me that it's as least as good as Jim Beam (Old Crow is made by the Beam company now, by the way), but less expensive. It's better than Kentucky Tavern, and worth the slightly higher price. If I had to choose a free bottle of Old Crow or a free bottle of Maker's Mark, I'd probably go with Maker's Mark ... but if I'm buying, well, Maker's Mark isn't that much better. And since I usually drink my bourbon mixed with cola, it's not like there's a bunch of swirling, spitting and pontificating to be done. It tastes good. It goes down, it doesn't come back up, and there's no especially atrocious aftertaste. It works.

Alcohol content being an objective criterion, and Old Crow being 80 proof (40% alcohol), the bottom line is that it can take you from sober to snookered quickly if that's your goal.

Idaho fly fishing really rocks after a couple of swigs of sour mash on a cold winter day of stripping streamers or dunking nymphs. Try it the next time you get the hankerin' for some real whiskey.

Hard takes, tight lines and high balls forever.


Kootenai River, MT, ID
Tags:  Idaho - Come explore!
         Jack Daniels Fishing Story
         Old Idaho Fly Fisher

Friday, April 19, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Spring Fling

The Idaho Angler would like to share a recent email from Idaho Fly Fishers Association member Randy Dingman. Randy is a loyal follower of our blog. Why don’t you test his guiding skills the next time you are visiting and fly fishing Idaho? See his most current contact information below his note. 

With rain pregnant clouds we threw the raft over the edge of the road gently sliding it in to a very fast and swollen river. The eddy we launched in had a soft look to it, With just one roll cast to the edge of the river we had the biggest fish yet this year....20 inches of a big mad female Cutthroat.
Yes sir… first hole, first cast…big mad fish. The next fish was a nice 18 inch male. The rest of the day brought plenty of hungry really colorful fish. We completed our four mile stretch which included 4 portages. We had to empty the 13 foot raft to lighten the load and drag it around the massive wind falls that crossed the width of the little tributary. 

We have been lucky enough to get to fish early this season.  I can only pray that fly fishing for big trout with big wet flies in the CDA (Coeur d’Alene River) drainage will never get old.

Tight Lines

Randy Dingman (Guide with ROW Fly Fishing Adventures)

ROW is predominantly a whitewater rafting and fly fishing company. At the top of this post is a photo recently sent to me by ROW guide Randy Dingman from this spring. 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

Ditto: Hard takes, tight lines and 20 inchers (or better) to you all.  

Tags: Moyie River - ID
          Snake River - ID
          St. Joe River - ID

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Green River Utah

Just returned from 3 days on the Green in northeastern Utah. Sadly, while stripping in a beautiful rainbow, my camera met the drink. So all of my trip photos no longer exist. I will say however that it is a beautiful float from the dam down to the 7 mile ramps. Located about 3 1/2 hours from the Salt Lake airport, the closest, this tailwater is a little difficult to access.

The drive over is through the Wasatch Mountains by Park City and Deer Valley across a high mountain plain with a elevation of about 6,600 feet. You will pass through the southwestern part of Wyoming before re-entering Utah and traveling about 90 miles into Dutch John, UT. I do hope Dutch and John enjoyed this area because I am sure their relatives are still the only permanent residents. There is one motel that we could find being the Flaming Gorge Resort and two fly shops with the Green River Outfitters/Trout Creek Flies being the largest. Don't worry, you can't miss them as you go over the dam and through town. You can eat at one small grill or the Flaming Gorge Resort. The Resort has good food but is a little pricy. PS-There are multiple campgrounds in the area for those budget minded Idaho fly fishers who want to visit.

The gorge is however very beautiful with its red bluffs, clear water and very, very colorful trout. The first section of the river below the dam holds mostly rainbow averaging 15-16 inches. Below there, the browns begin to dominate all the way to the takeout. Again the fish size is similar and our guide, Geno @ Trout Creek Flies, told us that the occasional 18-20 incher is a really good fish with the rare 24 thrown in from time to time. The Green is supposed to be one of the lower 48 best tailwater fisheries, but if you will email me, I will turn you on to one better.

This is beautiful country and is worth a trip.

Posted by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog.


Hard takes and tight lines to all the Idaho fly fishing enthusiasts reading this post.

Tags: Flathead River, MT
          Kootenai River, MT
          Missouri River, MT

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Dog Goin' Fly Fishin'

YellowStoneFly writes: Just couldn't resist this one. This guy is looking for an Idaho Fly Fisher to share some water now that spring is here. Get out there and catch some fish.

Bernese Mountain dog asking for
some company. He's driving!
May hard takes, tight lines and huge trout be yours forever. Come and try some Idaho fly fishing today. Remember, life's short. Try our BUCKET LIST.


Tags: Big Wood River - Idaho
          Bitterroot River Valley Skwala
          BUCKET LIST -Fly Fishing 

Bull River Montana Alps

Montana Alps
If you have ever visited the European Alps, there is a great (Montana) Idaho fly fishing location in the lower 48 that is just as beautiful. It is the Bull River and it is located in the Cabinet Mountains in NW Montana. Part of the Cabinets is contained in the Scotsman Peaks Wilderness Area. Enjoy the photos attached herein, which I took on April 1st, and this email which I sent to a blog reader in Alaska only last week.

April 1, 2013
Dear David,

The Bull is perfect right now. Here are a few photos I took today while scouting conditions. We also have had a mild winter and thus far the snow fall has been about 6 feet below average. We have already had spring conditions with highs in the upper 60's and lows around freezing. The plus is we have had little rainfall, so snow melt has been gradual so rivers are much lower than normal and the water is still fairly clear. Midge hatches are already happening and the stoneflies should show soon. I have attached a few photos of the Bull for your pleasure. 

Bull River Cutthroat
If you have never been up highway 58 between highway 2 and 200 in Montana, it is a real treat! Having visited Europe, I compare this drive and float to the Alps in Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. It is absolutely incredible. If you come up, make sure to drive up to Bull Lake and take in the vistas.  

While in the area, check out the intersection of the Moyie and Kootenai Rivers and with an email I can give you directions to my favorite spot. If the water is not too high, you can cross the Moyie and get in some superb fly fishing. Also, don't forget to check out the St. Joe while you are here, and there is a possibility the north fork of the Coeur d'Alene may be fishable as well.  

Good luck and send some photos. I may put them in my blog. PS-a float tube or pontoon boat may help. 


Please remember, we encourage catch and release fishing only at this blog. Measure your catch, take a quick photo and then release her/him. Plastic mounts are easy to order and last a lot longer than the real thing. Email me and I will recommend a guide for you who really knows the Bull River area.

Hard takes and tight lines to you all.


Tags:  Lanyard - Poor Man's
            Bull River Hogs
            Lightning Creek 

Monday, April 8, 2013

Bitterroot River Valley Skwala

YellowStoneFly, the editor of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog would like to encourage all those who can to visit the Bitterrroot in April and take plenty of Skwala Stoneflies. The snow is melting and river water temps are increasing. That brings out the famous Skwala hatch which is prolific. Take plenty size 14-16.

Idaho Fly Fishers Association (IDFFA)
member Larry Jay with his two sons.

Beware, this is a rapid river with deep holes and lots of structure above and below the water. Fishers and guides drown every year even when they are careful and cautious. The stretch north from Hamilton, MT to Missoula offers plenty of public access, but never feels crowded for it is about 40-50 miles long.

Nice fish Larry!
Easily floatable and wadeable, the Bitterroot is one great western river! All those who fly fish Idaho periodically will make the spring April trip to the Bitterroot. The April Skwala hatch here is as well known as the August black Caddis hatch on the Big Horn and the April BWO on the Green in Utah. Don't miss out.

Happy (Montana) Idaho fly fishing to you all.

Hard takes, tight lines and huge trout always. Please catch and release and go barbless.


Tags: BUCKET LIST (Fly Fishing)
          Bull River - Montana 

          Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana