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Friday, May 24, 2013

Canon Elph Camera

Idaho Spring Morning

Amazing! I don't often do product reviews, but here is one in which I really believe. This camera takes great Idaho fly fishing photos.

Canon Elph 110 HS

The Canon Elph 110 HS Power Shot camera is one of the easiest and best I have ever used. The one I purchased is about the size of a business card holder and easily fits in a shirt pocket. It comes in three colors and seems to be fairly durable. A 5x zoom, easy focus and built in flash make it very user friendly and seems to be fairly durable.

Harley Davidson
Rear Light Ornament
Just take a look at the quality of photos on this post. They are quite good you see.

$120-$130 is the usual price. You can get cheaper, but I feel you do sacrifice photo quality. Looked at waterproof, under water cameras but as yet have not found one I really like. Any suggestions? I do think though I will go with cheap here. My understanding is that unless you spend mucho bucks, these do not last long because of leakage. Correct?

Hard takes, tight lines, good clear water and great hatches to all. Fly fishing Idaho should be on everyone's bucket list. Come Idaho Fly Fishers blog often and find the best places to wet your flies.

Our Two Fine Fjords 

(aka YellosStoneFly of the
Idaho Fly Fishers Blog)

Harley Ignition Cover
Tags: Adams Male
           A "Perfect" Fly
           BH Zebra Nymph
           Cranefly Larvae

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Master Fly Fishing Guide

I have mentioned before and want to do so again, master Idaho fly fishing guide Randy Dingman. Randy guides for ROW Adventures which is predominantly a whitewater rafting and fly fishing company. You want to know how good a fishing guide is Randy? Displayed here is just a smattering of his catches this spring. Any guide that can put you onto this quality of fish is a good one--particularly in the spring in Idaho when the waters usually run wild, high and murky.

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

Hard takes, tight lines and huge trout to you all and all of our Idaho Fly Fishers Association members. Join today!  It's FREE! Randy is an avid Idaho Fly Fishers Association Member.


TagsBull River, MT
            Moyie River, ID
            Bull River Hogs, MT

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Fly Fishing Freedom

Spring is here! Good weather and bad. Planned a trip on the Coeur d'Alene today for a couple of the Cutties shown here, but got rained out by a local hurricane which occasionally happens this time of year. Had to pick up a horse the other day in Montana and drove by the Kootenai and Bull. The Bull is down and I believe the Kootenai spring flush is over. Both are now fishable. Now getting excited about trying out the Moyie as well before the summer "hot days" lull.
Get your licenses and get out there. Tie up some large ugly stones and I would drift some large San Juans as well if the water has any murk as well.

Oh Lord, Give Me the Liberty to
Fly Fish Forever!

Hard takes, tight lines and huge fish to all our faithful Idaho Fly Fishers Association readers.


Tags: Bull River, MT
          Clark Fork River, ID
          Flathead River, MT
          Kootenai River, ID
          Missouri River, MT
          Moyie River, ID

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Idaho Fly Fishing - Spring 2013

We got slightly under our normal 350" of snow this year and have had a fairly dry spring. The weather however has warmed considerably this past week and the resulting snow melt has really swollen our creeks and rivers. Almost all are above the bank and those that aren't are very cloudy.

Your best Idaho fly fishing bet right now are the multiple lakes. Streamers in tight in float tubes are the current ticket. If you find you can't resist the streams, be extremely careful and wear a lifejacket. Make sure you know the waters well and prepare for structure which has fallen since your last visit. Unfortunately, our waters do claim lives each year of the unthinking and sometimes even the people in the know.

I would try large, ugly stoneflies or streamers. As the water starts to clear, you may even go with a red or cinnamon San Juan worm. Sink them down with lots of weight and fish as slowly as you can. Be mindful of the occasional prolific BWO hatches which can occur in the spring and if you see one with the trout sipping in the surface film, sometimes an RS2 just below the surface works well.

Just drove by Trestle Creek. It is running like mad. Looking at the snow caps I truly believe the summer trout season will start in about two weeks. That means by June 1, things will really start to pick up. This will be a good month before we have been able to fly fish Idaho in recent years past. Don't forget to buy your 2013 fishing license.

Hard takes, tight lines and huge fish to all of our Idaho Fly Fishers Association members.


Tags: Bull River, MT
          Clark Fork River, MT
          Flathead River, MT
          Kootenai River, ID

Monday, May 13, 2013

God, Guns & Guts

1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:

'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to complacency;
6. From complacency to apathy;
7. From apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage' (Our Administration's Desire)
Since when do we not allow our children to play in our neighborhoods alone until dark?
Since when are children are not allowed to play Cowboys and Indians at recess?
Since when does a Tim Tebow get blacklisted by the NFL for being a Christian?
Since when is a Jason Collins revered and interviewed on Oprah?
Since when is the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi not a perverted act of terrorism?
Since when are 2 Muslim terrorists from Chechnya "home, grown and domestic"?
Since when have the American people believed every word that comes out of our government?
Since when have we allowed the lay press to control our thoughts and beliefs?
Since when can the IRS inappropriately audit our citizens for being Republicans?
And finally, since when do we live in a "post-Christian" world?

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on
Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."

Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog appreciates your thoughts and opinions. Please speak freely concerning your beliefs, thoughts and ideas. We do still live in a free and GREAT country. Photos pictured here are a few of my personal favorites. The thoughts expressed are my own. If anyone is offended--TOUGH!

Hard takes, tight lines, give us liberty or death, but do not take away our right to bear arms. Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Join the NRA today!


Tags: Guns
          God's Final Inspection