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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Catches in Review (2014)

Thought our readers might be interested in some of the current year catches which have been shared with us from our readers. If you would like to comment or contribute please respond to IdahoAngler@live.com . And come back often and soon. We really welcome feedback like:
 
"Awesome there, Great work, keep it up. I love returning back to this site and reading the quality content you always have to offer."
The Moyie River, Idaho                                                                                               Cindy Dy
 
Enjoy!
Colorful Cuttie


Takes a few to land a Steelhead
Red band Bow



Bright Rainbow


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Big Horn Brown
CDA Cutthroat

 
BC, Canada Bull
Fernie, BC Elk River Cuttie


Peaceful McCool Creek British Columbia - Loaded w/Cutthroat
Crippling takes, super tight lines, rods bent double and screaming reels forever.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours.

Come and fly fish Idaho and the entire NW frequently and forever.

IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Sinclair Lake - Idaho
     Spar (Big) Lake - Montana
     Spar Lake MT Revisited


 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Idaho Bumper Stickers

Here's what living in Idaho brings to you:




 

New as of yesterday.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  
Come and fly fish Idaho soon.

Exciting takes, tight lines, bent rods and screaming reels to you all.
 
 
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
    
Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
     Missouri River - Montana
     Moyie River - Idaho
     Moyie River - Spring 2014



Monday, December 1, 2014

Chernobyl Ant

Great attractor pattern to be fished in the late spring and early summer with a trailer. Try either a midge dropper or midge dry trailer on a 5-7 x tippet. Look also to YouTube for good tying instructions. Multiple colors are good too.
1-Attach dark thread at bend.

2-Flash for tail the width of bend.

3-Purple dubbing w/ flash for body.

4-Two (2) mm white foam as shown.

5-White rubber legs as shown. Dubbing over foam.

6-White Antron wing as shown to tail.

7-Add midsection dubbing.









9-Slightly more dubbing to eye
and tie off.
8-More Antron wing to tail.
Legs and dubbing as shown.


10-Underside of finished fly.
This is a great springtime fly for western rivers particularly in the late spring and early summer. I find it very effective, sometimes with a midge dropper on rivers such as the Kootenai and Coeur d'Alene for cutthroat and cutbows.

Give it a try. Some wonderful Idaho fly fishing awaits all who are willing to make the trip. Try professional guides like Randy Dingman--he will really put you on the fish.

Exciting takes, bent rods, screaming reels and sore arms to all our readers wanting to fly fish Idaho.


Tags:  Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
    
Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana



Monday, November 24, 2014

Stacked Hackle

Somehow, we have failed to discuss the "hackle". Historically, research appears to show that fly tying began around the time of the Civil War in this country - I don't know about Europe, maybe one of our readers does. The feathers and dyes have changed and new techniques have been developed.

Anyway, there are three kinds dry fly hackles of which I am aware. All warrant some discussion and are frequently a matter of personal preference. The earliest type of dry fly hackle was made from, and still is mostly today, rooster saddle feathers. The first one described was the vertical hackle. For a period of about 75 years, this method was almost exclusive. Then, apparently in the early 1930's, the parachute hackle was designed. And believe it or not, this method may have been designed by a non-fly fishing woman. The most recent method is that of a stack hackle; fairly new and I don't know the exact dates.

My personal preference is the latter. I just like the way the fly floats when the hackle is stacked. . My second favorite is the parachute hackle followed by the vertical hackle. Regardless of your personal preference, enjoy your vise and your fly tying. Even the fly tying vise is a fairly new product design. If you have a chance to look at some 100 year old flies, you will be impressed at the skill in tying and the feather dyes. Incredible! A lot of these were actually tied by hand without the use of a vise. After you try this come and fly fish Idaho soon.

Described here is the stacked hackle.

I like 2 grizzly hackles tied in.

Wrap around wings several times,
moving upwards as you go.

Now swing wings forward and secure again.

Add more dubbing if desired.

Finished stacked hackle fly.
Hard takes, bent rods and great fly tying. Come and become and Idaho fly fisher.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    BWO (Blue Winged Olive) - Parachute Hackle

    Another mayfly the BWO (Blue Winged Olive) tied with a parachute hackle. This particular fly is tied on a #16 short dry hook. But you may want to tie on a #18 or smaller for those selective occasions. The other thought is a stacked hackle with bright foam wings for I personally believe these may float better.
    Olive green thread. Secure @ bend.

    Grizzly hackle for tail (length of bend). I use double hackle
    for bouyancy. Carry 2/3 way through body and secure.

    Now dub fly with olive color as shown.

    Tie in foam wings as shown.

    Wrap hackle several times and secure. Add more olive
    dubbing if desired. Trim wings to desired length.
    STOP HERE for parachute or ----->
    Foam wings trimmed w/ stacked hackle here.
    Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods on your BWO's.

    IdahoAngler@live.com
    
    Double header Browns - Big Horn, MT
    Tags:  Green River Utah     
         Hidden Gem River - Idaho
         Kootenai River Fish Story
         Lightning Creek - Idaho
         Montana Grand Slam  

    PMD (Pale Morning Dun)

    Again a mayfly - Pale Morning Dun (PMD). This one is tied on a #16 hook for illustration purposes. Smaller is perhaps better for fishing those small (and larger) Idaho fly fishing rivers especially on an early summer morning and occasionally throughout the day into the early evening.
    2 grizzly hackles with pale yellow dubbing for body,
    and thin white foam wings.

    Wrap hackle around wings in parachute fashion.

    Whip finish head.

    Apply glue if desired.

    Underside of fly. Sorry for the glare.
    Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods and sore arms to all of our Idaho Fly Fisher Blog followers.

    IdahoAngler@live.com

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    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Parachute Hackle

    Somehow, we have failed to discuss the "hackle". Historically, research appears to show that fly tying began around the time of the Civil War in this country - I don't know about Europe, maybe one of our readers does. The feathers and dyes have changed and new techniques have been developed.

    Anyway, there are three kinds dry fly hackles of which I am aware. All warrant some discussion and are frequently a matter of personal preference. The earliest type of dry fly hackle was made from, and still is mostly today, rooster saddle feathers. The first one described was the vertical hackle. For a period of about 75 years, this method was almost exclusive. Then, apparently in the early 1930's, the parachute hackle was designed. And believe it or not, this method may have been designed by a non-fly fishing woman. The most recent method is that of a stack hackle; fairly new and I don't know the exact dates.

    My personal preference is the latter. I just like the way the fly floats when the hackle is stacked. . My second favorite is the parachute hackle followed by the vertical hackle. Regardless of your personal preference, enjoy your vise and your fly tying. Even the fly tying vise is a fairly new product design. If you have a chance to look at some 100 year old flies, you will be impressed at the skill in tying and the feather dyes. Incredible! A lot of these were actually tied by hand without the use of a vise.

    Described here is the parachute hackle:






    Hard takes, bent rods and tight lines to all.

    IdahoAngler@live.com

    Tags:  Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
         Grey Wulff
         Grizzly Wulff
         Hackle (Vertical)
         Hot Wings