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Thursday, February 26, 2015

NW Montana Fly Fishing

Kootenai River Bull

Thanks for the email. Really appreciate your viewing my blog. The Libby area does offer some really good summertime fly fishing. For starters, try the Kootenai. It is large water but you can do in a drift boat or personal pontoon. Just make sure you avoid going over the Kootenai falls. They are a beautiful sight though. You can access the falls off of Hwy 2 with a 15 minute walk. Definitely worth doing. There are multiple places to wade fish on the Kootenai, but most of these wade areas are only accessible by boat. One of my personal favorites is just west of the Idaho/Montana line in the lower river section. There is a large island which you can see from the ghost town of Leonia right at the state line where Boulder creek empties.  Fish to the right and left of the upper divide. There are some really big cutbows there. There are three sections which all the outfitters can speak to. In summer I would try hopper/dropper patterns and the YSF Stinger for best results.

Also there is the Bull River between Libby and Troy. Huge cutthroats reside there. The fishing seems to slow after July-probably June this year unless we get more snow. I would float the section b/w MP 12.5 (canoe access) and the 8 mile bridge. Meanders a lot and takes at least 4 hours. You also might try the Moyie River. It is a bit of a drive from Libby, but also has some nice fish.

Hard takes and tight lines and screaming reels to you guys. If I can be of further assistance, please email me again.

IdahoAngler@live.com - YellowStoneFly

See your response on my blog. Kootenai and other local river photos are posted there.

PS-There is one wade area just below the Libby dam which holds nice fish and is easily accessible by

Kootenai River Rainbow - Guide Dave Blackburn
  car. Good luck and have fun! Idaho fly fishing is the great.

Moyie River Rainbow
Tags:  Bull River - Montana * * * * * * *
Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Coeur d'Alene - Idaho's Year Round Fishery
Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway

To: idahoangler@live.com
Subject: NW Montana Fly Fishing
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:07:49 -0700


Read a couple of your blogs, great stuff!

I'm from Alberta, Canada and make 2 trips down to Libby, MT for baseball every year.

Just wondering the best places to fish in early May and Late June around that area.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teepee Creek, ID

North Fork Coeur d'Alene bluffs

NF Coeur d'Alene Cutty
Thanks for the note and blog viewing. Sorry for the late reply, but you know--meetings and work. Again, one of my favorite subjects about one of my favorite Idaho fly fishing waters. Springtime is a great time to fish the NF of the CDA. Water is good and easily floatable. The Teepee can also be good and fish well in the late spring and early summer. This year though beware, thus far, we have received only half of our normal snowfall and creeks/rivers may get low and very warm very early. If Teepee is on though, you should have a great time. Flies are frequently hatch dependent when the weather warms, but for late spring and early summer, if no hatch, I would go  with orange/yellow stimulator, YSF Nuclear AntChernobyl Ant or YSF Stinger.

St. Joe summer cutty
I am assuming you know how to get there. Teepee is 25 miles north of Prichard on the River Rd. Once the pavement ends Teepee is on your left and really not visible. If you hit the campground on the left, will be some travel trailers and tents there, you have gone too far. See my blog post: NF Coeur d'Alene River (Revisited)  ..... "I was in the quaint town of Wallace right on I-90 where "Dante's Peak" was mostly filmed. Had breakfast and drove over the mountain up, then down 9 Mile Creek Road to Prichard--beautiful but would not advise if one is prone to motion sickness. Once there you turn north along the NF CDA and travel about 25 miles until road ends. Teepee Creek and multiple others are there. Camping is available. Gravel road is VERY rough. I actually did most of my fishing just below Big Hanks Campground. Just park on a turn out, find a riverside trail and go for it."

Don't remember where cutty 2013
The St. Joe and Kelly Creek are always good bets. Again the above mentioned flies are good bets on the Joe but I would definitely fish very high. If I were on I-90 would probably go in from St. Regis, MT over the mountain on the Little Joe Rd then turn left once you hit the St. Joe River Rd. Anyone in St. Regis can tell you how to get to the road. And actually, since you will be right there, the middle fork of the Clark Fork from St. Regis down to Plains, MT has fairly cold water and can have good fishing during the "Dog Days" of summer.

PS-If you need a guide for the CDA, Randy Dingman, a good friend and square guide fishes it all the time:
Randy's contact information is:
Personal email
Cell Phone: 208-755-4403

Good luck and have a great fishing trip. Email any time with questions.

Hard takes, tight lines and screaming reels all summer. Good luck fly fishing Idaho and Montana.

IdahoAngler@live.com (YellowStoneFly)

Randy Dingman with nice
(I believe MT) brown.
Tags:  BUCKET LIST (THE ... of Fly Fishing)
     Bull River - Montana * * * * * * *
Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Coeur d'Alene - Idaho's Year Round Fishery

> Subject: Teepee Creek
> From:  sdc...@hotmailcom
> Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 08:23:34 -0800
> To: IdahoAngler@live.com

I googled Teepee Creek and came across your blog entry. I saw an article on Teepee in Northwest Fly Fishing a few months ago and am thinking of making a trip this summer. I'm mostly retired and live in the Seattle area. I fish the St Joe, Kelly Creek and Montana each year. I love fishing for west slope cutthroat.

Is mid July a good time to fish Teepee? From what I've read it sounds like the NF of the Cour d'alene is also worth fishing.

Hey, I'd appreciate any comments or input.


Sent from my iPad

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The YSF Stinger

Spring is here for the Idaho fly fisher. Try out this guy for some great times. Fish on top or strip down for a very effective shallow streamer pattern. The fish love it. And for easy wings that float like a charm for your Stinger, go to "Hot Wings".

The simple "YSF Stinger" is written and tied by YellowStoneFly for the Idaho Fly Fishers blog. The fly was designed because most hoppers and stoneflies are difficult to tie, primarily because of the addition of legs. The hackle here subs for the legs and looks very real to the trout. The YSF is very easy to tie and can be completed in only minutes. An array of colors can be used and I like sizes 6-10 on a long shank hook. The Krystal Flash adds to the visibility. This is a great Idaho fly fishing bug which should produce well for anyone particularly in the spring, summer and fall months.

Tie in Krystal Flash and cut to 1/2 hook bend length.

Now tie in some good hackle. Rust used here.

Add foam. This is roughly 1/4" wide with a tail section.

Wrap foam around hook. Evenly space.

Cut off excess in a round or square fashion.

Wrap hackle evenly in thread space.
Tie in wing behind head.
PS-Trim hackle below wing for better lay.

Add small clump of elk or caribou behind head.

Half hitch behind eye. Finished fly.

Finished fly!!!

Please feel free to send me comments. I am always looking for ways to improve my patterns.

Happy Idaho Fly Fishing, Hard takes, sore arms, bent rods and screaming reels to you all.

          The Mighty Clark Fork
          The Kootenai River - Idaho's best kept secret!

PS - Check out related posts @ YSF Stinger Perfected (fishing techniques) and Hopper / Hopper Tandem Secrets (fishing techniques).

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Zen Outfitters Photo Contest Winner


Dear Jaime,
I am flattered with the honor of having won one of the categories in your photo contest. Sounds like your competition was a huge success. Congrats!

      Winner Best Zen Product in Use:
YellowStoneFly 15" Rainbow caught with
      a 78" Olive Dun Furled Leader

Randy & fellow guide with Fall 2014 steelhead.
If you would be so kind as to forward one of your Sinking/Nymphing Trout Leaders for $13.95. I would prefer a 60" in whatever dark color you have available. The remainder of the prize monies I would like to donate to Randy Dingman, a friend and fly fishing guide for ROW Adventures and Silver Bow Fly Shop in Washington and Idaho.

Randy's client w/ "Nice One" winter 2014
I will send to Randy a copy of this email and request that he contact you directly for his leader picks. Last spring I actually introduced Randy to some of your products while fly fishing the NF of the Coeur d'Alene River near Pritchard, ID. I believe yours are absolutely the best furled leaders I have ever seen anywhere.

They are definitely worth the price because they last 4x longer than any other leader out there. Perhaps Randy can introduce your leaders to some of his clients and encourage some sales for you.
PS: Randy is also a great source of Idaho fly fishing photos. Get in touch with him and maybe he will add you to his mailing/text list. By the way, he is a GREAT fly fishing guide as well! Randy's contact information is as follows:
Randy's contact information is:
Work at ROW Adventures
Personal email
Cell Phone: 208-755-4403

Hard takes, tight lines and perfect presentations with Jaime's Zen Outfitters furled leaders.
Tags:   YSF Assam
     YSF Black Caddis
     YSF Humpy
     YSF Nuclear Ant
     YSF Salmon Slayer
     YSF Stinger (Foam Terrestrial)

Took this photo not 15 minutes ago from my bedroom balcony. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Adams Irresistible

Adams Irresistible - The Forgotten Fly. A mayfly which floats forever due to the hollow body hair design and is very effective. You don't see these very often anymore.

Like elk. Make tail length of hook bend.

Tie in several strands of elk tightly near the wide end.

Pull tightly and elk will "flare" as you go.

Stop about 2/3rds way down and tie off with 1/2 hitches.
Trim to suit for body.

Add visible wing material.

Tie in grizzly hackle for wings. I like 2 hackle feathers.

Parachute or stack hackle.

Trim wing and tie off. Finish w/ head cement if desired.
Finished fly from fish's perspective.
This really is a GREAT fishing fly. It will float like a dream, but a little floatant also may help. Small sizes mimic BWO's or larger sizes for Adams male mayfly. If you want add a little yellow dubbing onto distal body near tail shuck it will mimic the female Adams. Hard takes, tight lines and great Idaho fly fishing to you all. Spring is almost here, so get ready and tie those flies. Look at/ Idaho Fly Fishers Blog Fly Tying Page.


Tags:  BWO (Blue Winged Olive) - Stacked Hackle
     Chernobyl Ant
     Cranefly Larvae

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Recent email from IDFFA member Larry the "Pilgrim" which we thought we might share with the group. Let us know what you think about this guy.

You may have heard on the news about a Southern California man who was put under 72-hour psychiatric observation when it was found he owned 100 guns and allegedly had 100,000 rounds of ammunition stored in his home.  The house also featured a secret escape tunnel.

By Southern California standards, someone owning 100,000 rounds is considered "mentally unstable."

In Michigan, he'd be called "The last white guy still living in Detroit.

In Arizona, he'd be called "an avid gun collector."

In Arkansas, he'd be called "a novice gun collector."

In Utah, he'd be called "moderately well prepared," but they'd probably reserve judgment until they made sure that he had a corresponding quantity of stored food."

In Kansas, he'd be "A guy down the road you would want to have for a friend."

In Montana, he'd be called "The neighborhood 'Go-To' guy."

In Idaho, he'd be called "a likely gubernatorial candidate."

In Texas, he'd be called "an eligible bachelor."

In North Carolina, Virginia, W.Va., Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Wisconsin,  Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina he would be called "a deer hunting buddy."

And in Georgia:  he'd just be "Bubba, who's a little short on ammo."

For those that entered the Zen Outfitters photo contest, unfortunately the deadline for entries was yesterday. Hope you won! Contest post will be taken down today.


Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and sore shoulders to all.


Tags:  Cutthroat Byway
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
     Missouri River - Montana