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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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Friday, January 31, 2014

Epoxy Streamer

"Epoxy Streamer" was designed and tied by YellowStoneFly from the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. This fly is a byproduct of the YSF Forever Strike Indicator and its braided wire shield. We have also shown our Salmon Slayer, which uses the aluminum tape shield, and eventually we'll see the indicator's rubber outer jacket and central copper wire used in other patterns as well.

The epoxy streamer shown here is a must for Idaho fly fishing for trout, salmon and steelhead. It is a very easy tie and almost indestructible. Its casts easily and the action is life-like. I would suggest your tying this pattern on a 1-0 hook or larger. Use your imagination for colors that will fish most successfully on your local waters. Next to the color shown here, I persoanlly have been very successful with it tied in olive green.

Wrap red thread tightly onto shank.
Add strung marabou as tail.
Tie braided wire shield onto shank at bend and secure.
Secure wire shield behind eye and form
body shape as desired.
Apply 5 minute epoxy onto fly liberally. Fill entire body. 

Now crop marabou tail to desired length.

Now you have one great Idaho fly fishing streamer. Come fly fish Idaho as soon as possible. Remember, Idaho has more wilderness than any of the lower 48. If you really have the desire to fly fish here, let me know and I'll take you fly fishing.

Tags: Bull River - Montana

See "BH Zebra Midge"
          Moyie River - Idaho
          Bull River Hogs

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Chironomids - Don't Forget Them This Spring

Pronounced (Ki'-ra-ne-mids) is a non-biting midge (defined loosely) which can be found in lakes as large as size 8 which are called "bombers". River fishers do generally use "midge" sizes 18-22. Lake fishers are all over the place with bombers (size 8) down to size 16. In reservoirs they comprise approximately 40% of the food the trout eat. Considering their size, that is a lot.

As an Idaho fly fisher, I have some high mountain lakes nearby, but honestly have mostly stuck with the running waters. There is just something about the water moving through the Bitterroots. But you know, I think it is about time to try some lakes. What the heck. I have horses and I have a float tube which I can throw over a horse's back. And in the spring, the rivers are running too much from snow melt, but the lakes are perfect. Besides, these flies are really simple to tie. (See Below):

Secure thread onto hook close to barb.

Secure silver tinsel and wrap forward to eye.

Wrap back to bend then back again to eye.
Thickly cover the hook.

Wrap tinsel forward and secure behind eye.

Add small ball of peacock hurl/thread.

Add white forward leaning wing (Optional).

Finished chironomid fly.

I have seen hundreds of the shucks on the
leeward side of coves floating
in the shallows.

They say "shrimp" type hooks are important. These are tied on a #12. You know, I may just give the larger sizes a try on rivers. Going to the Big Horn this week. Will let you know how they do. Notice the variety of colors (red, brown, tan, black and olive).

Hard takes and tight lines,


Tags: Cranefly Larvae
          Freshwater Scud
          Freshwater Shrimp

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Our United States Constitution and the 2nd Amendment

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Here is a fundamental misunderstanding of the Second Amendment:

“I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms. And we recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation—that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage.” 

In 2008 our elected official(s) promised to "protect the rights of hunters and other law-abiding Americans to purchase, own, transport, and use guns for the purposes of hunting and target shooting." But as Ice-T could have told him, the main purpose of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms is not to facilitate hunting and target shooting; it is to facilitate self-defense, against both official oppression and private aggression. The rapper turned actor put it this way in a BBC interview:

Idaho Fly Fishers Blog“The right to bear arms is because that's the last form of defense against tyranny. Not to hunt. It's to protect oneself from the police.”

When a politician suggests the Second Amendment is all about hunting, he trivializes it, just as he would be trivializing the First Amendment by saying it's all about pornography. Here is another clue that voters should not put much faith in elected official(s) commitment to gun rights:

“A lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals—that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.”

An AK-47 is a selective-fire assault rifle, illegal for civilians. Presumably a politician is referring to semiautomatic rifles that resemble the AK-47, many of which were banned under federal law until 2004. Hence he/she is blurring the distinction between machine guns and semiautomatic "assault weapons" while perpetuating the false idea that such guns are uniquely suited for crime and have no legitimate uses.

This blog post was partially edited from the Hit and Run Blog article by: Jacob Sullum Jul. 26, 2012 12:42 pm.

Idaho Fly Fishers BlogGod bless America! May we always appreciate our God given right not to be oppressed by government and to enjoy a life filled with hard takes and tight lines. Come and fly fish Idaho soon.


Tags: San Juan Worm
     San Juan Worm (Alternative)
     Skunk Hair Caddis
     "Skunk" Wolly Bugger

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Skwala Stonefly

The Skwala Stonefly is written and tied by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. This is a really great spring, green stonefly for a lot of the Northwest's big waters. Simple to tie and very effective. This one is almost unsinkable.

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.020 lead wire entire length. Olive thread.

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Brown grouse biots for tail.

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Red D-Rib.

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Dark olive dubbing to mid-section.

Evenly wrap D-Rib to middle - secure.

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Add brown & black hackle + olive ostrich herl. 
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Brown grouse biots for antenna.
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Dark olive dubbing forward to antenna.

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Wrap hackle / herl forward.
Tie in and whip finish.
Take a look at our "Hot Wings" post. Hard takes, tight lines and huge fish to all. Idaho fly fishing is the best.
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           Tellico Nymph
           Idaho Fly Fishers.com

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January Orange

Written and photographed by YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. Enjoy!

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Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Area, ID/MT
Some beautiful colors occur around dusk and in early morning in winter despite the cold and snow. 

Cabinet Mountains, ID

Cabinet Mountains, ID

Cabinet Mountain "Snow Ghosts"
Hard takes, tight lines and fish like there is no tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Year End Review - 2013

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Ronnie V's grandson's 1st trout.
Do you remember yours?

2013 was another great fly fishing review. Thought we would share some Idaho Fly Fishers Association photos with you for two reasons. One, they are great nostalgic photos. And two, this is a really easy post to do on New Years Day prior to going skiing and the football games. Enjoy!

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Happy New Year!!! May you always hard takes and tight lines throughout your life. Hopefully your 2014 will be full of fun trips and fellowship with the family and fishing friends you cherish. And to my own fly fishing family and friends: Have a great new year, see you all soon on the Horn for our 2014 meeting. Remember you are all welcome to come and visit and go Idaho fly fishing any time--You too Paul although you haven't come in two whole years. JC