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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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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Is It Still Winter?

I, YellowStoneFly, stepped outside the other day and saw my shadow and said to myself, "damn it's still cold." Contrary, a good friend of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog stopped me in the hall and showed to me a photo of a 6-7 pound rainbow he had just caught on Washington's upper Columbia River.
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Idaho Fly Fishers BlogIdaho Fly Fishers BlogWhen asked how he was successful, "it was 18 degrees and I just slow stripped a large streamer and cleaned the icicles off my guides after every cast." That is not much fun in my opinion. Give me at least sun, above freezing and little wind.

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It is simply too darn cold and snowy for me for sure - beautiful but cold. Some seasonal photos are pictured here. Click on to enlarge. Enjoy.
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Come a fly fish Idaho soon. That is after snow melt and the water recedes.

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Tight lines then hard takes then palpitations. Don't forget the photograph. Practice "Catch n' Release".

Friday, February 21, 2014

In The News 2/21/2014


    little up date on a few thing.Like to let everyone on the Blog know I will at the Annual Big Horn show at the fair grounds in March  the 20th thru 23rd.Please encourage everyone to swing by and say Hi. I love to share a few stories..
   Secondly I have been flipping thru applications for new Guides We have Openings at ROW Adventures for "EXPERIENCED"Fly Fishing Guides?
Winter Cuttie - Submitted by Randy Dingman.
Thanks Randy
If you or any one out there may know of a team player we would like to hear from them..
   And now If I can pick your brain I have been asked to be a BLOGGER on the new Fishing Blog at ROW ?May be out of my league? 
  Have no formal training in this.Is it a Creative Nightmare?Do I have the time in the summer months?Is it a full time job?With your help I have been Blogging with you for months.so it feels right to ask your opinion on the Blogger end of things?I hope it's natural to feel like I might fall on my face.
    If you think this is a step I would benefit from taking any help and a word of encouragement would go a long ways ....
 Thanks So Much
Randy Dingman
Randy's contact information is:
Work at ROW Adventures
Personal email
Cell Phone: 208-755-4403
Thanks Randy. Tight lines, hard takes, tight lines and great Idaho Fly Fishing to you and all of your Idaho fly fishing clients in 2014.

Skwala Stonefly Adult

#1-Stack thread at bend.
#2-Tie in 2 brown grouse biots.
#3-Tie in brown hackle
Here you go. A really great springtime western fly. This fly is absolutely prolific in certain rivers and streams. I wouldn't use one too large though. Generally an 8-12 will work and occasionally one will see 14-16. This fly I time like a stimulator only with a light green foam body and black thread. Sometime at the end, I like to flatten the underside with scissors. This tends to allow the fly to float better. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO SEE LARGER. 

#4-Attach green foam (superglue)
#5-Wrap thread forward evenly.

#6-Tie in grouse biots at eye.

#7-Wrap hackle in thread lines, secure.


#8-Tie in (I like elk), whip finish head.
Now clip underside hackle for float as mentioned above if desires. This is a great Idaho Fly Fishing spring stonefly. Try it out. It is almost time to wet your hooks again. Winter is finally waning.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Idaho Fly Fishers Home Decor

YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog thought our readers might be interested in the latest in home d├ęcor for the real Idaho outdoorsman. Enjoy. If you are interested in purchasing the "Flying Rainbow" photo, let me know size and I'll get you a price.

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


Tags:  Most Economical Floatant
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     Slow Dries? Try Clipping!
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Long Fly Alaska Air!!!!!

Read the letter sent to Sen. Barbara Boxer from an Alaskan Airlines pilot below.  Many of us witnessed the arrogance of Ms. Boxer on June 18, 2009 as she admonished Brigadier General Michael Walsh because he addressed her as "ma'am" and not "Senator" during a Senate hearing.

This letter is from a National Guard aviator and Captain for Alaska Airlines named Jim Hill.  I wonder what he would have said if he were really angry. Long fly Alaska Air!!!!!

Dear Babs (Sen. Boxer):

You were so right on when you scolded the General on TV for using the term, "ma'am," instead of "Senator". After all, in the military, "ma'am" is a term of respect when addressing a female of superior rank or position. The General was totally wrong. You are not a person of superior rank or position.  You are a member of one of the world's most corrupt organizations, the U.S. Senate, equaled only by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congress is a cesspool ….. who, as individuals (not all, but many), will do anything to enhance their lives, fortunes and power, all at the expense of the People of the United States and its Constitution, in order to be continually re-elected. Many Democrats even want American troops killed by releasing photographs. How many of you could honestly say, "We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor"?  None?  One?  Two?"

Your reaction to the General shows several things. First is your abysmal ignorance of all things military. Your treatment of the General shows you to be an elitist of the worst kind. When the General  entered the military (as most of us who served) he wrote the government a blank check, offering his life to protect your corpulent derriere, now safely and comfortably ensconced in a 20 thousand dollar leather chair, paid for by the General 's taxes. You repaid him for this by humiliating him in front of millions.

Second is your puerile character, lack of sophistication, and arrogance, which borders on the hubristic. This display of brattish behavior shows you to be ….. unfit for your position, regardless of the support of the unwashed, uneducated masses who have made California into the laughing stock of the nation.

What I am writing, are the same thoughts countless millions of Americans have toward Congress, but who lack the energy, ability or time to convey them. Regardless of their thoughts, most realize that politicians are pretty much the same, and will vote for the one who will bring home the most bacon, even if they do consider how corrupt that person is. Lord Acton (1834 - 1902) so aptly charged, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Unbeknownst to you and your colleagues, "Mr. Power" has had his way with all of you, and we are all the worse for it.
Finally, Senator, I, too have a title. It is "Right Wing Extremist …..."  It is not of my choosing, but was given to me by your Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and you were offended by "ma'am"?

Have a fine day.  Cheers!
Jim Hill – Alaskan Airlines Pilot
Washington State
Hard takes and tight lines.
Idaho Fly Fishing!