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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, October 29, 2013

Assam Dragon

The Assam Dragon tied by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog.

Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. Charlie was a noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed some amazing stuff from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's. Researching the feeding habits and living habitats of large trout was his thing.

Taper rabbit (natural color originally described)
strip at end.
 
WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups.

Add 0.020 mm lead wire for sink.
 
Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure.

Tie in tip of rabbit at bend - PS #2-8, 2-3X long hook.
 
Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks.

Wrap thread to within 1/2" of eye.
 
Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle.

Apply super glue to lead and wrap
 rabbit quickly forward.
 
He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old Wooly Worms,
 
Make sure strip wraps are tight with each other. .
 
ASSAM DRAGONS (never heard of before now but featured here)


Almost done.
 
and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface.

Add fairly long soft hackle.
 
Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective.

Wrap hackle multiple times.
 
On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange).


Build up head and lay hackle backwards.
Tie off and cement if desired. 
 
All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout. 

Centipede legs for flare and grey rabbit.
 
Vary them with centipede legs,


Orange thread  / white rabbit here.
 
different hackle,

Different hackle, red thread and white rabbit  here.
 
or even different color head thread.
 
Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines and enormous trout to you all.
 
 
Tags:       Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
           Hot Wings
      Montana Sparrow
 


Friday, October 25, 2013

Why Northern Idaho?

"Why Northern Idaho" is brought to you by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog.



The wildlife and the Idaho fly fishing is INCREDIBLE! This eagle (Above-Click to Enlarge) was spotted enjoying a deer carcus on highway 200 in Trout Creek, MT. The young moose (Right-Click to Enlarge) was spotted just the other day om Lower Pack River Road near Sandpoint, ID. PS-Have seen some gargantuan rainbows about 1/2 mile from where I saw this moose. Come fly fish Idaho soon. Notice how much shorter each day is as you age?

Hard takes and tight lines forever!

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:  Adams Male
           A "Perfect" Fly
           BH Zebra Nymph 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scuba Trout Fishing

All serious Idaho fly fishers who love trout should try scuba diving for them. Is this like noodling? Interesting article!
 


Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. A noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed virtually everything noted in this article from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's. 
Assam Dragon


Old fashion Wooly Worm



Montana Stonefly Nymph
Skunk Hair Caddis Nymph



WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Tippet size didn't matter. Fishing the current was the most successful at about 4-5 feet of depth. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, old Wooly Worms, Assam Dragons (never heard of before) and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface. Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective. On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange). All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout. 
Montana Adult Stonefly

I am tying up some of these as a trial. We will be trying them out this fall when the water temps fall. Idaho Fly Fishers blog posts will be following soon with Charles Brook's favorite flies and tying instructions.
Hard takes and tight lines and many of Brook's huge trout.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Winter's Coming


 Better get out there soon. Rivers and streams are beginning to swell from rain and snow as we speak. May not be fishable too much longer.

Hard takes and tight lines to all.

Will begin a series soon about catching larger trout.

Come back soon and try Idaho Fly Fishing.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:   Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
     Missouri River - Montana
     Moyie River - Idaho
     Moyie River - Spring 2013
     Snake River - ID / WA / WY

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Jealous Idaho Fly Fisher

Big Horn Rainbow
Idaho Fly Fishers Association member just sent this email to make us all jealous. Good for him and really sounds like a great trip! If you or a friend would like to ask RV a question about any of these waters for a future personal trip, simply email to me at the address below and I will make sure it gets to him directly. Thanks, YellowStoneFly.




To:  Idaho Angler (idahoangler@live.com)
South Platte Rainbow

Well all good things must come to an end. Our RV trip throughout the West has come to an end after two months and three days, 5230 miles and a lot of gasoline. We traveled through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho then back into Montana and then down into southern Idaho and then into Utah, across Colorado , Kansas, then to Missouri before heading home. 
Beautiful Green River Canyon

Did a lot of Sightseeing along the way. Also did a lot of fly fishing. Listed below are the rivers that I fished and pictures of those trips. If any of your members would like info on these creeks and rivers for future trips have them give me a call or email.
Guide Mick - Henry's Fork
 
R.V.

Colorado
Grape creek near Cannon City
Glacier creek in Rocky Mountain National Park
South Platte at Dream Stream
South Platte at Eleven Mile Canyon

Montana
RV's Grandson's 1st trout -
Pack River, Idaho
Brookie
Big Horn River
Clark Fork at Warn Springs
Rock Creek near Clinton
Kootenai River

Idaho
Moyie River
Platte River
Lightning creek
Teton River
Henry's Lake
Henry's Fork near Ashton
Henry's fork near Anthony
South fork of Snake river in Swan Valley
Big Elk creek-Swan Valley

Utah
Green- Flaming Gorge
Big Cottonwood- Salt Lake
Current Creek-Heber
Provo River- Heber
Henry's Fork Brown
Jones Hole Creek- Vernal
Yellowstone Fires 2013 - Sorry for Blur
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hard takes and tight lines. Information on many of these and other rivers can be found at: "QuickView Blog Post Retrieval" simply scroll down to "Great fly fishing rivers".
Clark Fork Rainbow
Thanks for the email and all of the great photos RV.  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Old Idaho Fly Fishers

"Old Idaho Fly Fisher" was not written by YellowStoneFly from the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. Rather, it was borrowed from a friend's email who belongs to the Idaho Fly Fishers Association. The author is unkonwn. It is a gentle reminder that the next time you see an 'ole codger in his patched waders, with his Sears Roebuck beryllium copper fly rod and his one small fly box fishing in an Idaho trout stream, maybe, just maybe, you should politely go over and ask him what is in that one (1) little fly box. Enjoy the story and come fly fish Idaho soon.

"An old prospector shuffled into town leading an old tired mule.  The old man headed straight for the only saloon to clear his parched throat.

He walked up and tied his old mule to the hitch rail. As he stood there, brushing some of the dust from his face and clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other.

The young gunslinger looked at the old man and laughed, saying, "Hey old man, have you ever danced?"

The old man looked up at the gunslinger and said, "No, I never did dance.. never really wanted to."

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said, "Well, you old fool, you're gonna dance now," and started shooting at the old man's feet.

The old prospector - not wanting to get a toe blown off - started hopping around like a flea on a hot skillet. Everybody was laughing, fit to be tied.

When his last bullet had been fired, the young gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the saloon.

The old man turned to his pack mule, pulled out a double-barreled shotgun, and cocked both hammers.

The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air.

The crowd stopped laughing immediately.

The young gunslinger heard the sounds too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old timer and the large gaping holes of those twin barrels.

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old man's hands, as he quietly said, "Son, have you ever licked a mule's ass?"

The gunslinger swallowed hard and said , "No sir..... but... I've always wanted to."

There are a few lessons for us all here:
Never be arrogant.
Don't waste ammunition.
Whiskey makes you think you're smarter than you are.
Always, always make sure you know who has the power.
Don't mess with old men; they didn't get old by being stupid.
I just love a story with a happy ending, don't you?"

IdahoAngler@live.com

Idaho fly fishing is waiting for you. All of my favorite Idaho rivers are now open all year like the Moyie River  and western Montana streams and rivers open always the third Saturday in May each year like the famous Bull River. Check 'em out.

Hard takes, tight lines and may you every fish be huge!

Tags: Adams Male
     A "Perfect" Fly
     BH Zebra Nymph

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Idaho Bumper Sticker

Everyone in Idaho knows that wolves are becoming a real problem. The proprietor at NW Taxidermy (Post Falls, ID) expresses his sentiment here:


All Idaho Fly Fishing and Hunting vehicles needs one of these. Wolves here are even killing livestock for fun - not for food.

Hard takes and tight lines,

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Adams Male
     A "Perfect" Fly
     BH Zebra Nymph

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

CATCH Fly Fishing

CATCH Fly Fishing

A huge thanks to Allen Gardner from “Catch Fly Fishing” for putting this together. This video in essence captures what Idaho fly fishing means to me personally…..Beautiful Scenery…..Wild Trout…..Fantastic Underwater Scenes…..00:03:29…..Added on 10/2/13…..290 Views.

"I thought you guys might enjoy this video of the Big Horn done last spring. I know a shareholder in “Catch Flies”. Some of the guys on the trip put it together trying to get some investors.” – Duane (Idaho Fly Fishers Association Member)
Hard takes, tight lines and really good fish to all of our Idaho Fly Fishers Blog readers.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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