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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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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
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.


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