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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Philosophy and Idaho Fly Fishing (Part II)

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Great Site! Fly Fishers BlogIs it the Philosophy of Idaho Fly Fishing or Idaho Fly Fishing Philosophy? It really doesn't matter if you are a fly fisher. The thing that really matters is coming to Idaho and really enjoying this large (14th in size) states' natural beauty.

Now I have caught many fish in my lifetime. From eastern small stream trout to Florida largemouth to Canadian smallies to Idahoan cutthroat to Alaskan kings and humpies; boy have I caught some lunkers! Everyone loves to catch fish. Factually, many fishers will get very PO'd if they don't catch large fish in large numbers while on a $575 float in Fernie, BC. I say hog wash.

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I actually know of a gentleman, now deceased, who would tie his flies, then cut off the hook just in front of the bend. His thrill and excitement was simply being able to draw the strike. Catching and releasing fish is a purely secondary gain. If nothing else, I encourage everyone to at least crimp down the hook barbs so the fish can be released as quickly and harmlessly as possible so as to avoid injury. Save them for the future generations. As it stands, in the last 50 years, I can tell you first hand fish numbers and size ARE decreasing. Don't perpetuate the problem.

Idaho Fly Fishers BlogWhen you go fishing, go to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and camaraderie of your partner. Enjoy your float or wade, drink a beer, have a sandwich or two and sit back and just take in the smells and beauty. Now days, although not a professional guide, I will most frequently row while my raftmate fishes. I get a huge thrill from just putting him/her onto the fish. Again, we never keep them.

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And I can tell you from personal experience, the guides feel the same. To simply have a 12 year old, who has never fly fished before, catch a nice trout on a 4-5 weight rod is a huge success in and of itself. So, the next time your guide provides you with a beautiful float but few fish, remember it is not for lack of trying. Tip him/her generously for they deserve it. Just think of all the effort put into preparing for this float or wade. That includes gathering flies, equipment, boat preparation and research into figuring out what is biting on what.

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Enough philosophy for now. Back to simply good Idaho fly fishing posts. Come back often and remember our wishes to you all: Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods, sore arms, huge fish and beautiful floats/wades forever.

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