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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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Here is the scoop. We will also be going on some shorter side trips this summer as well. They will be posted here. If you live in Montana, Idaho or Washington state, you may want to contact IdahoAngler@live.com for details. You'll meet some really great fellow fishers!
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Saturday, August 29, 2015

100,000 Pageviews

Today Idaho Fly Fishers Blog hit a milestone. As of this afternoon we have now had over 100,000 pageviews from over 30,000 avid fly fishing readers. We started a while back and have provided our viewers with Idaho fly fishing tips, stories, hints and other miscellaneous articles. There is no sex, vulgarities or mistruths here. There may be an occasional personal bias about fishing waters and techniques, but they are the truth as we know or remember them.

We have invited all our readers to give us input when they feel it appropriate, and we do appreciate the time they have spent in so doing. To commemorate this day, we will dispense with the usually long, sometimes boring blog post and provide to you some historical photos used over the life of our blog which you might enjoy. Our very first blog header appears first. And by the way, we really appreciate those that have joined us as readers over the years from all over the world. Enjoy!


Sorry, I am having trouble loading photos. Will do later. Tight lines and screaming reels to all our Idaho Fly Fishers. Finally got some photos to upload. It is now 9/9/15 and I have been trying since 8/29. That was about the time I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 10. We are at their mercy. It still doesn't work.

Our Very First Blog Header
Hard takes and sore arms. Enjoy. Come and Idaho fly fish soon!

Big Horn River 2009

Big Horn River 2010

Big Horn River 2011
Big Horn River 2012
Big Horn River 2013

Big Horn River 2014

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Interesting Photos

North Idaho Cat Door

And You Thought They Were All Grown
Brother Glen fishing Deep Creek, NC
Yellowstoner Stiffy

One of my favorites - Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear

Tags: Epoxy Streamer
     Freshwater Scud
     Freshwater Shrimp
     Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear
     Grey Wulff
     Grizzly Wulff

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

To Nano, or not to Nano?

Big Y Fly Company Nano Rod
Nanotechnology - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nanotechnology ("nanotech") is the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, …..”
I was recently privileged to be allowed to test some new fly rod technology. I say new, but actually this technology has been around since at least 2007 or 2008. From my research, apparently the Chinese were primarily responsible for figuring out how to bind resins like carbon and glue to end up with a much stronger, harder product that could be wrapped and tapered into a very flexible, resistant and functional fly rod. The Nano rod was designed to not only compete but out preform the current marketplace rods.
Believe it or not, there are expensive fly rod companies out there placing their labels onto these Nano technology rods. They are charging tremendous amounts of money ($600-$1,000) for the same rod which you can now buy for much, much less. I have found that what you now see labeled as “IM 12 technology” is Nano.
I took my new Nano rod recently to the Elk River in Fernie, BC, Can. The fly fishing was only so, so, but the rod was GREAT! The Elk is a typical large western river. It was a great place to try out this rod because its (the Elk's) characteristics are such that you need to really lay out casts in certain areas and place them tight in others. Mending, stripping and twitching are absolutely necessary if you are to catch anything. So this rod really got a workout.

Not only did I test it out, but so did a few of my fishing buddies who are experienced casters. “Stretch” from Kansas correctly called it “a really great value”. For my friend “Shotgun” living in Norman, OK and part time in Trestle Creek, ID it was a “most pleasurable and stimulating experience.” From “The Contractor” in Selle Valley, ID “it made even a less experienced caster like me feel like I knew what I was doing.” And last but not least from the obviously seasoned fly fisher at our take out point “I will no longer pay hundreds for a quality fly rod.”
And what did I think? This was as good a 5 weight rod as I have ever fished. The action was incredible and I could put the fly into the exact place I wanted effortlessly. Even punching into the wind was easy. Now the plastic insert in the reel seat was a little well…, but the up-locking reel seat was more than adequate. Who really cares about the reel seat anyway other than does it adequately and securely hold your fly reel onto the rod? The answer, “yes, absolutely.”
Now the next logical question: “What about the warranty?” There is no way one can guarantee an inexpensive rod like this. Not so! I posed this question to the Big Y Fly Company, the retailer allowing the rod trials. Here was their reply:

“We, too love that rod.  The link is to our warranty:"

So really, how can one go wrong with a deal like this? Go to the Big Y Fly Company link and check out their NEW Nano rods. Different sizes and weights are available. I am really convinced that fly rods of the future are going to be considerably less expensive and of better quality. If you don’t like the reel seat, email me and I’ll tell you how to change it out. It is simple. While on the Big Y website, check out the great fly values as well—a review coming in a different blog post.
Hard takes, tight lines and bent Nano rods forever.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NW Montana Fly Fishing Trip

Recent email excerpts from blog viewer M.E. follows:

Alaskan Humpy
"Dear YellowStoneFly,
My wife and I travel to Montana 4 weeks a year for the last 18 years and we love finding new rivers and creeks to fish.  We are going to be in Kalispell and then heading to Thompson Falls for a couple of nights and I plan on fishing the Thompson and the Bull.  I have read your opinions of the Bull and it sounds like it is a river you love!....."

"Dear M.E.,
I'm at work today and will be on 8/29 as well. Sorry. If you want to catch fish Lake, Fish and the Thompson are way too warm. Must go up really high or fish tailwater. Would suggest in Kalispell middle fork of Flathead high but very hard to get to. In Libby the Kootenai below dam down at least to Osprey Landing will be good."

"Dear YellowStoneFly,
Kootenai Rainbow
Thank you very much for the fast reply and the advice!  I will heed your advice and also hope for rain between now and end of August."

"Dear M.E.,
The Bull is really not wadeable. What kind of vessel do you have? Canoe access above MP 11 and down to 8 mile bridge best fishing right now. Some junk but really good cuts 1st mile. Can access higher above 2nd bridge (about MP 14) and float down to canoe access. But really bad river bend below 2nd bridge. Be very careful and wear PFD."

"Dear YellowStoneFly,
Kootenai Bull
What a great gesture!  Thank you very much for the thought.  My fear is that I’ll line every fish that I cast to, wade like a bull in a china shop, miss every strike or otherwise not do justice to your gift and have to report they didn’t work! :)"

"Dear M.E.,
There are a few places where you can catch fish on the Kootenai. If interested I'll tell you where. The Joe is a good wading river but slippery. Wear cleats if you have them. Once over pass on the Little Joe Rd. turn left at river. Go up (not sure exactly how far) to where road ends. About maybe 10 miles. There is a parking area at a bridge and probably some campers. Park and walk upstream until you tire. Can fish anywhere. Take bear deterrent.

Pink Salmon
Hard takes and tight lines always.


Tags:  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)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Annual IDFFA Meeting

2014 Annual IDFFA Meeting

Absaraka Fishing Bear Cabins - Big Horn River, MT
Join us for 3 days of fishing September 24, 25 and 26 on the Big Horn River care of Absaraka Lodge in Fort Smith Montana. This is our annual IDFFA (Idaho Fly Fishers Association) meeting and a good time for all. All those interested, call Zoe at: (406) 666-2304 or absaraka@bhwi.net. Please BYOB and cigars and poker money. After the 2013 trip one of our group had to have therapy through "Gamblers Anonymous" for almost a year and he had never played poker before.

A great time will be had by all. Huge fish and sore arms are guaranteed (and bigger livers and yellow palms). You will fall in love with this river and the good friends.

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Fly Fishing CanUSA

Elk River Bull Trout, Fernie, BC, Canada
Elk River Cutty
Did you know there is a shared lake in Montana and British Columbia. The name is Koocanusa--Kootenai River, Canada and USA. The only reason I know this is because IDFFA member Kevin Shotgun informed me of such and I always believe everything he says.

Clark Fork River, Montana
Des Chutes River, OR
Well the following is an email again from an IDFFA member Ron Big Chief telling of his recent fly fishing exploits out west this summer in the lower 48. He wanted to go to fish in BC, but ran out of time, so I have thrown in a few photos from a recent trip of my own in Fernie, BC, Canada with another IDFFA fishing friend KSY.

Weird San Juan River, NM Rainbow
"Hi YellowStoneFly (IdahoAngler@live.com),

Well, all good things come to an end. Our 91 day, 18 state, RV trip is over. Final results 316 trout caught in NE, MT, ID, WA, OR, CA, NV, UT, CO and NM. Fished many new streams and rivers. Saw a lot of beautiful country. Sorry we didn't get to fish this trip. Maybe next time. I would be glad to share any info on the places I fished with other blog members hope you have a great day.

Ron (Big Chief) V"
Enjoy! Hard takes, tight lines and screaming reels all through the fall.
Rocky Ford Creek, WA
Tags:  BUCKET LIST of Fly Fishing
      Grande Ronde River 
      St. Joe River
      Kelly Creek, ID

If you have questions for the Chief or would like to sometime go fly fishing with him on his exploits, feel free to contact him at: ronv717@charter.net