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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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Saturday, April 25, 2015


Tried the NF of the Coeur d'Alene last weekend. According to all reports it was fishing well with Skwalas galore. Well the water was at July levels and VERRRRY cold! The fishing was terrible! As a matter of fact, we couldn't buy a cutthroat with any fly in our box. We did see one adult Skwala but there were many March Browns and Brown Drakes. Still couldn't get a hit. Actually we saw only one fish rise in two days. We floated from MP 33.5 at the Big Hank campground down to MP 21 the first day and waded over to Teepee Creek on day 2 near the confluence of the NF of the CDA.

It was however beautiful. We saw many eagles, elk, deer and other wildlife. We also saw multiple caddis nymphs is probably size 22, but not only did I not have any, they would have been too small for me to tie on even with my magnifiers. Daytime temps were about 65 and the winds were light. I only wish the fish had been biting.

Leaving on day 2, most of the guides were fishing from about MP 10 down to MP 5. I didn't see any fish on, but I have to assume they knew something I didn't. The old adage "A bad day fishing....." really applied. We still had a really great float and wade and I would like to say learned a lot--but I can't.

Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, bent rods, screaming reels and may none of you ever get skunked!

Guess we should have floated the Kootenai.


Tags:   Furled Leaders by Jamie
     Most Economical Floatant
     Old Crow Sour Mash Whiskey

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Paddy staggered.....

Paddy staggered home very late after another evening with his drinking buddy, the other Paddy. He took off his shoes to avoid waking his wife, Kathleen.
He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump. A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful.
Managing not to yell, Paddy sprung up, pulled down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt cheeks were cut and bleeding. He managed to quietly find a full box of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.
He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and shuffled and stumbled his way to bed..
In the morning, Paddy woke up with searing pain in both his head and butt and Kathleen staring at him from across the room.
From an IDFFA member - Oklahoma
She said, 'You were drunk again last night weren't you?'                               

Paddy said, 'Why you say such a mean thing?'                                

'Well,' Kathleen said, 'it could be the open front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but mostly, it's all those Band-Aids stuck on the hall mirror. 
The only difference between 'ole Paddy here and an Idaho fly fishing angler is the latter holds his whiskey in his left hand and his fly rod in his right. He never takes the time to put the whiskey bottles into his back pockets. 
Hard takes, tight lines and don't fall on your a.. with whiskey bottles in you jeans' pockets. 
Sandpoint, ID from Schweitzer Mountain Resort
Tags:  Bitterroot, MT - Spring - Skwala
     BUCKET LIST ( ... of Fly Fishing)
Bull River - Montana * * * * * * *
Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Coeur d'Alene - Idaho's Year Round Fishery
Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)                           

Why NOT to Gig for Trout!

A great reason not to gig for trout, or much less anything, is shown below.

Try an old fashion Idaho Fly Fishing rod and reel instead.

 Kootenai River Valley - Idaho
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and sore arms to all.


Tags:  Dead Drift - Tight Line Lift  
     Homemade Floatant * * * * *
Hopper/Hopper - Tamdem Secrets
     Most Economical Floatant
Pike on a Fly