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Monday, July 29, 2013

Cold Water Haunts (Part 1)


Dear readers, here is some summertime correspondence from readers of which you might have some interest. Enjoy 

Dear YellowStoneFly,
Thank you for spending the time on the blog I just read. It has been a childhood dream of mine to fish in Idaho and northwestern Montana. I was using Google earth looking at all the tributaries to the Kootenai and came across the Moyie. Looks and sounds like a perfect river to spend a day! Is the majority of the lower river private? Would you happen to know an access spot that most people would shy away from. I love adventures! My wife and I will be in Sandpoint for 3 days and we would like to fish there.   

Dear A…..,
Really glad you enjoyed the blog, on which I do not have a lot of time to post as you can see. Maybe one day when I retire completely.In response to your note, the Moyie is private almost exclusively above Meadow Creek campground. But Idaho is a riparian rights state (unlike Colorado), so where ever there is a highway/bridge access, you can wade anywhere as long as you stay in the river bed. Simply don't walk on private land. Fishing is usually slow up high (north) on the Moyie due to higher summertime water temperatures in July/Augusts. I do know some access points. 

You can go the campground and fish wherever you want. Few fishers there and the river is narrow and rocky. There is supposed to be an access between there and Moyie Springs, but the one I did find is VERY rough. For my money in the summertime, I would fish above the Moyie dam. There is an access that only the locals know about and is "an access that most people would shy away from". Here are the directions:
(From Sandpoint, ID to Canyon View Road, Moyie Springs, ID)
1. Go straight north 34.2 miles on US-2 E/US-95 N through Bonners Ferry
2. Turn right onto US-2E and go 5.5 miles 
3. Turn right onto E Roosevelt (Country Store on right -- "The Little Mall of America" locals call it and go about 0.3 miles. You can stop by the store for dam directions if you get lost. They also have great sandwiches and breakfast.
4. Take the 1st left onto Canyon View Road and go about 1.0 miles down to the dam.
5. From here there is no map. You will see signs to the "raft" ramp where whitewater rafts are exited in the spring. The river will be on your right and you will need to go another approx. 1-1.5 miles until this VERY ROUGH road ends. Park anywhere and wade across the river to the east side--be careful for there will be a very large deep pool just below the rapids you have to cross. Walk up about 200-300 yards and you will see a small bluff on the west side just below another set of rapids. Nice cutties in here. Throw out a yellow or orange stimulator (12-16) or Adams (14-18). Maybe a blue winged olive (16-20) depending on the time of day and visible hatches. 
Have fun, hard takes, tight lines and huge fish forever. Remember to catch-n-release so I can catch some here next week.  

IdahoAngler@live.com
(aka YellowStoneFly) 

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Willie Nelson on Idaho Fly Fishing

Long-time Idaho Fly Fishers Association member Larry J. proudly sent a recent photo of his son Forrest J. on the cover of "Catch". He has every right to be proud, but personally I think the dad is better looking. Just kidding Forrest. I have fished with Forrest and he is a really professional fly fisher. Looks like he is fishing the Jefferson in winter to me here.

 
Also recently sent to me was a quote from a very famous C&W singer regarding his view of things that happen in the world. I thought I would share this quote (with minor liberties taken) from an Idaho fly fisher want-to-be:
 
"I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong, especially after what he achieved, winning seven Tour de France races while on drugs.
 
When I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my (fly rod)."
 
-Willie Nelson
 
Hard takes, tight lines and may you fish more often for those huge trout of which dreams are made.
 
 
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

When Life Was Fun (Part 2)

An email to YellowStoneFly from a close and dear friend, Idaho fly fisher and generally good guy. I thank him for sharing. PS-In two parts due to the length.

 
How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Candy cigarettes...
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water  inside...
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles...
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes...
Blackjack, Clove, and Teaberry chewing gum...
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard  stoppers...
Newsreels before the movie...
Telephone numbers with a word prefix...(Yukon 2-601).  Party lines...
Peashooters...
45 RPM records...
78 RPM records...
Green Stamps...
 
 
 
Mimeograph paper...
The Fort Apache Play Set...
Do You Remember a Time When Decisions were made by going...'eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, 'Do Over!'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?
It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'...
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?
Saturday morning cartoons were NOT 30-minute commercials for action figures?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a CARD GAME?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange flavored CHEWABLE ASPIRIN?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
When most high school graduates could not only READ THIS, BUT UNDERSTAND THIS AS WELL!

If you can remember most or all of these, then You Have Lived!!!!!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their 'Grown-Up' Life..
I Double-Dog-Dare-Ya!
 
Tight lines, hard takes, huge fish and remember the "Bucket List".

IdahoAngler@live.com

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          Cool Places
          Cool Places II
          Cool Places III

          When Life Was Fun (Part 1)

Friday, July 26, 2013

When Life Was Fun (Part 1)

An email to YellowStoneFly from a close and dear friend, Idaho fly fisher and generally good guy. I thank him for sharing. PS-In two parts due to the length.

All the girls had ugly gym uniforms? And wore tennis shoes not $200 Nike's!
It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn't pay for air? And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed... And they did it!
When a 57 Chevy was everyone's dream car...to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady?
No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the DOORS WERE NEVER LOCKED?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger.
And with all our progress, don't you just wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because THEIR LOVE WAS GREATER THAN THE THREAT!
And our summers were filled with bike rides, Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool, and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say, 'Yeah, I remember that'?
I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on... To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on... And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.

Send this on to someone who can still remember Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk

Tight lines, hard takes, huge fish and remember the "Bucket List".

IdahoAngler@live.com

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           When Life Was Fun (Part 2)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Moyie River - Spring 2013

> Email Subject: Moyie River
> Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:48:07 -0600
> To: IdahoAngler@live.com
> Dylan writes:
> Hi YellowStoneFly, Thank you for spending the time on the blog I just read. It has been a childhood dream of mine to fish in Idaho and northwestern Montana. I was using Google earth looking at all the tributaries to the Kootenai and came across the Moyie.  Looks and sounds like a perfect river to spend a day! Is the majority of the lower river private? Would you happen to know an access spot that most people would shy away from. I love adventures! My wife and I will be in Sandpoint for 3 days and we would like to fish one of the 3.
> I appreciate any feedback.
> My Best,
> Dylan V.

> Sent from my iPad 

Dear Dylan V.,
Really glad you enjoyed the blog, on which I do not have a lot of time to post as you can see. Maybe one day when I retire completely.  
In response to your note, the Moyie is private almost exclusively above Meadow Creek campground. But Idaho is a riparian rights state (unlike Colorado), so where ever there is a highway/bridge access, you can wade anywhere as long as you stay in the river bed. Simply don't walk on private land. Fishing is usually slow up high (north) on the Moyie due to higher summertime water temperatures in July/Augusts. I do know some access points. 

You can go to the campground and fish wherever you want. Few fishers and river is narrow and rocky. There is supposed to be an access between there and Moyie Springs, but the one I did find is VERY rough. For my money in the summertime, I would fish above the Moyie dam. This is an access only locals know about and "an access spot that most people would shy away from". Here are directions: 

From Sandpoint, ID to Canyon View Rd. Moyie Springs, ID
(41.0 mi, Approx. 51 mins)
1. Continue straight onto US-2 E/​US-95 N and go 34.2 miles
2. Turn right onto US-2 E and go 5.5 miles
3. Turn right onto E Roosevelt (Country Store on right -- "The Little Mall of America" locals call it and go about 0.3 miles. You can stop by the store for dam directions if you get lost. They also have great sandwiches and breakfast.
4. Take the 1st left onto Canyon View Road and go about 1.0 miles down to the dam.
5. From here there is no map. You will see signs to the "raft" ramp where whitewater rafts are exited in the spring. The river will be on your right and you will need to go another approx. 1-1.5 miles until this VERY ROUGH road ends. Park anywhere and wade across the river to the east side--be careful for there will be a very large deep pool just below the rapids you have to cross. Walk up about 200-300 yards and you will see a small bluff on the west side just below another set of rapids. Nice cutties in here. Throw out a yellow or orange stimulator (12-16) or Adams (14-18). Maybe a blue winged olive (16-20) depending on the time of day and visible hatches. 

Good luck, have fun, hard takes and tight lines. Remember to catch-n-release so I can catch some here next week.
PS-Please email and let me know how you do. Another great river this time of year, as you probably know, is the Kootenai. All day floats through local guide service. A couple of good ones are Kootenai Angler (Dave Blackburn) and Linehan Outfitters (Tim Linehan frequently seen on "Mountain Men" on the History channel).