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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wooly Worm

The Wooly Worm is effective and easy to tie.

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.

WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure. Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks. Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old WOOLY WORMS, Assam Dragons (never heard of before now) 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. 
 
Idaho Fly Fishing
Hook size 2-8


Idaho Fly Fishing
0.020 lead wire and colored tail


Idaho Fly Fishing
Hackle to suit


Idaho Fly Fishing
Chenille of your choice - yellow, black
& olive most effective per
Charlie Brooks


Idaho Fly Fishing
Wrap thread forward, then chenille


Idaho Fly Fishing
Carry forward hackle & tie off


Idaho Fly Fishing
Try multiple colors


Idaho Fly Fishing
What color are the naturals in your area?


Idaho Fly Fishing
Two tones are also a good bet!


Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines and enormous trout to you all.
IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:   Missouri River
            Moyie River 
            Priest River




Friday, November 29, 2013

Nut(s) To Be Out Done

If you are wondering about this post title, check out Nuts!!! Another Idaho Fly Fishers Association member BC saw the Nuts!!! post from member CFP and submitted his own competitive buck photos. Please use the comment section to place your vote.

Idaho Fly Fishing

Idaho Fly Fishing
 
Hard takes, tight lines and happy holidays.
 
 
      Economical Floatant
     Old Crow


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

U.N. Small Arms Treaty




According to the newspaper, The Hill, the U S Senate on May 23, 2013 voted 53 to 46 to prevent the U S from agreeing to sign the U N Small Arms Treaty which has the intended purpose of outlawing individual gun ownership. Since the U S is one of the very few countries where individuals may own guns, our guns are a prime target.
 
We came within only four votes from the U.S. Senate of giving our Constitutional rights over to the United Nations. The U.N. Small Arms Treaty, which has been championed by the Obama Administration, would have effectively placed a global ban on the import and export of small firearms. The ban would have affected all private gun owners in the U.S. and had language that would have implemented an international gun registry on all private guns and ammo. Astonishingly, 46 out of our 100 United States Senators were willing to give away our Constitutional rights to a foreign power.

Which 46 Senators Voted to Ban Our Guns?
 

Baldwin (WI), Baucus (MT), Bennett (CO), Blumenthal (CT), Boxer (CA),  Brown (OH), Cantwell (WA), Cardin (MD), Carper (DE), Casey (PA), Coons (DE), Cowan (MA), Durbin (IL), Feinstein (CA), Franken (MN), Gillibrand (NY), Harkin (IA), Hirono (HI), Johnson (SD), Kaine (VA), King (ME), Klobuchar (MN), Landrieu (LA), Leahy (VT), Levin (MI), McCaskill (MO), Menendez (NJ), Merkley (OR), Mikulski (MD), Murphy (CT), Murray (WA), Nelson (FL), Reed (RI), Reid (NV), Rockefeller (WV), Sanders (VT),  Schatz (HI), Schumer (NY), Shaheen (NH), Stabenow (MI),  Udall (CO), Udall (NM), Warner (VA), Warren (MA), Whitehouse (RI) and Wyden (OR).
 
46 Senators Voted to Give your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights to the U.N.

Obama (#47), Clinton and now Kerry, are all full bore behind this program despite Obama's denials prior to the elections that he was not after our weapons. All 47 of them are coming up for re-election soon. What do you think we the Idaho Fly Fishers should do here?
 
 

 
 
 

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Montana Stonefly Nymph by Charles E. Brooks

1-Add 0.20 mm lead wire
Montana Stonefly Nymph as designed by Charles E. Brooks and tied by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Join today and see tying instructions for new/old effective fly fishing patterns.



2-Tie in black biots (separate)




3-Add small red "D" or "Z" Rib






4-Add black dubbing & warp
forward 2/3 of way

5-Wrap rib forward and secure








6-Add grizzly/brown hackle &
gray ostrich herl

7-Tie in forward biots (if desired)









8-Add black dubbing for thorax


9-Wrap hackle/peacock forward & secure.
Finished C. E. Brooks nymph (black)

 

Same pattern golden stonefly nymph
Same pattern March brown nymph
Hard takes, tight lines. Idaho fly fishing is the best. Come and try us out.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nuts!!!

Idaho fly fishing is not all there is to life? This photo was emailed to us this week from Idaho Fly Fishers Association member CFP from OK. PS-Shot with the Idaho bow purchased in Clark Fork, ID.


But if you think this buck had a bad day, check this out. What are the statistical odds of a squirrel being killed in this manner?


Hard takes, tight lines and huge trout forever. Come and fly fish Idaho soon.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Bull River - Montana * * * * * * *
    
Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Flathead River System

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Black Crawler

The Black Crawler is effective and easy to tie.
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.

WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure. Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks. Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old Wooly Worms, ASSAM DRAGONS (never heard of before now) 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. 

#4 - #8 2-3X Hook & Orange Thread
0.20 mm Lead Wire (20 Wraps)

4-5 Strands Black Pheasant Tail

Copper Wire for Ribbing (Original
calls for black Larva Lace)

Body/Thorax black Angora Dubbing
(Original black Rabbit). Then
wrap ribbing forward. Leave
orange showing @ rear.

Tie in fluffy brown Hackle

Three wraps then tie off.

Finished Fly,
 
 
Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines and enormous trout to you all.
IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Bull River
      Clark Fork River
      Flathead River System




Monday, November 11, 2013

Memorial Day 2013


You're a 19 year old kid. 

You're critically wounded, dying in the jungle somewhere in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam .  

It's November 11, 1967.  

LZ (landing zone) X-ray. 

Your unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense from 100 yards away, that your CO (commanding officer) has ordered the MedEvac helicopters to stop coming in.  

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.  

Your family is half way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you'll never see them again.  

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. 

Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter. 

You look up to see a Huey coming in. But.. It doesn't seem real because no MedEvac markings are on it.  

Captain Ed Freeman is coming in for you.  

He's not MedEvac so it's not his job, but he heard the radio call and decided he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire anyway.  

Even after the MedEvacs were ordered not to come. He's coming anyway.  

And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 3 of you on board. 

Then he  flies you up and out through the gunfire to the doctors and nurses and safety. 

And, he kept coming back!! 13 more  times!!

Until all the wounded were out. No one knew until the mission was over that the Captain had been hit 4 times in the legs and left arm. 

He took 29 of you and your buddies out that day. Some would not have made it without the Captain and his Huey. 

Medal  of Honor Recipient, Captain Ed Freeman, United States Air Force, died last Wednesday at the age of 70, in Boise, Idaho.  

May God Bless and Rest His Soul.  

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing, but we've sure seen a whole bunch about, 

The gov. shut down and Hillary running for president in 2016

( phooey on her "What difference does it make!!!”)  

and the bickering of congress over Health & OBAMA CARE! 

BUT ZERO ABOUT THE PASSING OF 

Medal of Honor Winner, Captain Ed Freeman 

Shame on the media !!! 
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Hope you enjoyed this great story. Hard takes and tight line. Come Idaho fly fish with us soon.
 
 
 
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Hold on to Your Wallet

Higher fishing license prices and probably a carbon tax are coming. Read On.....

Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy


Courtesy of The Daily Caller
Neil Munro
White House Correspondent


President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property. Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween. The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”
 
The new order was issued even though recent scientific data have contradicted claims that use of carbon energy — such as gasoline — will drive up the world’s temperature and induce damaging climate change..... \
 
…..“Managing these risks requires deliberate preparation, close cooperation, and coordinated planning by the Federal Government, as well as by stakeholders, to facilitate Federal, State, local, tribal, private-sector, and nonprofit-sector efforts to improve climate preparedness and resilience,” the order insists.
 
 
Go for Idaho fly fishing this next season.

Hard Takes and Tight Lines,
 
 
 Tags:  Fly Rod Basics
     Lanyard - Poor Man's *
    
Rod Weights - 101
 
 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 1 on the CDA River

Another email to share from Idaho fly fishing guide Randy Dingman.

YellowStoneFly,

Hello.  I would like to share a photo or two of some good 17 inch fish I found while floating November 1st on the Coeur d’Alene River in northern Idaho. I cannot express enough the enjoyment this local drainage gives to all fly fishermen new and old when visiting this area. Men, women and children can all enjoy the fight of these wild local cutthroat, which are catchable year round and are mighty fighters and in very good numbers. This is proof our catch and release program is very effective.


Almost overnight the weather has moved to highs in the mid 40’s and the lows that are cold. This may mark the end of another GREAT summer. The fish we found and the stories we shared will leave a mark on my memories that will warm me over the winter months to come. These memories will be the driving force to prepare me for the trips yet to come next spring.

I was lucky to be able to share our local rivers with people from Maine to Miami and all points throughout the USA. It is a great blessing to share my passion with others from the 8 year old little boy I had to carry on my back out to a gravel bar to the 77 year old angler, whom I also guided, that has been fly fishing Idaho longer than I have been alive.
 

I hope everyone out there will get to take advantage of our nice long season of Idaho fly fishing next year and go out to our local rivers and share the outdoors with friends and loved ones. Life is short so enjoy it NOW….. 

Tight Lines,

Randy Dingman
 
Randy's contact information is:
Work at ROW Adventures

Personal email
Cell Phone: 208-755-4403

Many thanks to our friend Randy for these great, late season photos. For comments of questions regarding this or any other Idaho Fly Fishers Blog posts, contact us at:

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:  A "Perfect" Fly
     BH Zebra Nymph
     Black Ants