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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Three "C's" of Idaho Fly Fishing


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Catch / Click (a Photo) / Clemency (Pardon/Release your fish)

These are the most important things an Idaho fly fisher can do. These are really important when the water is low and warm. Some do not worry about the catches of future generations. I DO!
 
Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingHaving fly fished most of my adult life for trout, I have noticed significant reductions in numbers of trout and size. Idaho fly fishing pressure has really increased since I began. I would estimate that the number of fishers has at least tripled in the last 10 years and doubled in the last 3. Add shear numbers of anglers to the decrease in western snowfalls and decrease in the amount of spring precipitation and that equals fewer fish. The more fish caught decreases the number available to spawn and therefore fewer numbers that live and grow up to be big boys.

The more we catch, the more we unintentionally kill. The more small fish we kill, the fewer there are available to reach trophy size. It gets to be a vicious cycle.

Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingThe weather of course we cannot control. But we can greatly change the numbers that reach spawning age. Unless you are starving. DO NOT KEEP THE FISH YOU CATCH. Also, be forever aware of the warmer, slow moving waters you do fish. Keep your fights short, use barbless and release as quickly as possible.

Hard takes and tight lines to all of our Idaho fly fishers.

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     Wolf Madness
     Big Wood River - Idaho
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     BUCKET LIST ( ... of Fly Fishing)
    
Bull River - Montana * * * * * * *

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tailwaters are the Ticket

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Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingThe truth is that here we are pushing late October 2015 and there are many year round trout streams in the Northwest which have absolutely NO water. That means they are not only warm, but they have no oxygen to keep our trout alive. We are losing them by the thousands. The only other time I have seen this phenomenon was about 15-20 years ago when I stood in a tailwater river fishing and watched hundreds of dead trout float by due to the ignorance of the local power company which was hoarding the water flow for future power generation. In one month they literally killed one of the best fisheries in the middle of the US.

Fly Fish Idaho: Flyfishing Flies; Fishing Flys; Flies Fishing: Fly Fishing; Fly Fishing Equipment; Fishing Flies; Fishing Gear; Trout Flies; Salmon Flies; Fly Fishing Idaho; Flies for Sale; Idaho Fly FishingNow this was a tailwater (river below a large dam) and most are controlled by the big power industry. But as a rule they generate enough water to keep the local fisheries healthy. They also usually generate from the bottom of 200-300 foot dams. This means that as a rule, the flow has plenty of oxygen, but also the water temperature stays year round at 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes them perfect for a trout population. It is rare to see fish kills in tailwaters.

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The other nice thing about the situation described above is that when you do catch a fish, it is much less subject to perishing due to lousy water conditions. So the fight is on and usually after the release the trout, or its offspring, is there to be caught by future generations. Unfortunately the way things were this summer, and still are out west, catching fish in streams other than tailwaters is definitely hazardous to the trout's viability.
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So look for dam tailwaters when the weather is hot and dry. The fish will be there, sometimes in great numbers and sizes, just still don't forget to go barbless and release quickly. That way you can go back the next day and still have a great time.

Tight lines, hard takes and come back to Idaho fly fish out tailwaters soon.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Big Y Flies

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Bead Head Emerger
I don't usually do this but I recently received an email offering from Big Y Flies for discounts on their excellent flies. I told one of my best friends a few years back about this company and he now orders all of his flies from them, except the occasional one he needs on the river. 



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Green Drake Dry
If you will recall, I recently wrote a review for them. They also carry many other fly fishing products, including the Nano Rod which I tried and reviewed. THIS IS ONE REALLY GREAT ROD! Also the warrantee is excellent considering the low price. And no it doesn't say Sage, Orvis or Winston on the butt section. I had several guides try it out, and one recently on the Yellowstone River said that not only was the action great, but it was so light weight, he could easily fish it all day without his arm tiring. 
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Big Y's New Nano Rod

Try this company out for really great deals on QUALITY flies. You will not be disappointed. To sign up for their monthly newsletter and monthly specials go to their Home Page and simply scroll down. Also read their impressive testimonial page.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and effective flies every time.

Again, any comments or suggestions simply send a post or go to our email below.

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Hare's Ear Nymph
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Friday, October 9, 2015

Float Tube Fins Forward

"Paddle Pusher" Float Tube Fins

Conventional Float Tube Fins
There are hundreds of float tube fins out there for drifting rivers and floating lakes. The conventional fins are for, however, propelling your tube or personal pontoon BACKWARDS and not forward. This is a great technique if you are in a river and want to slow down your forward flow. They stink however if you are in a vessel and want to fish calm water for you must learn to fish behind your tube. I personally find this very ineffective and awkward.

Many years ago, I had a pair of fins which I use for fishing small lakes that had a strap on heel plate and lateral fins. The fins were hinged and would swing the fin to the rear when you would thrust your foot forward. As you brought your foot back, the fin would open and thereby propel you FORWARD. So essentially you could literally walk through the water with ease and cover a lot of ground (i.e.. water) in the process.

Conventional Fins - Another Type
For years, I could not find this type of fin. I told an IDFFA member about them and guess what--he found some in of all places Oklahoma. They are called "Fishmaster Paddle Pushers" and are manufactured by the Fishmaster Manufacturing Company in Moore, OK. See the photo above. You can find them on the web for around $35 with an extra charge for shipping. PS-you may also see the vintage ones listed for less. They were a puke green color and I must warn you the hinges were metal and would rust after a while. Pay the extra $10 and get the new ones.

Per the blogs, reviewers say they are heavier. I do not find that to be true. They work very well and guess what? When you leave the water, you can actually walk naturally and not like a frogman for the fins stay to the side and do not flop underneath your feet. I believe if you try them you will be very happy and will not ever go back to conventional float tube fins again.

Hard takes, tight lines and screaming reel to all our Idaho fly fishing readers.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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     Furled Leaders by Zen
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Nano Fly Rods - NEW!
    
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Where Have all the Big Trout Gone?

"Where have all the flowers gone?
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
When will they ever learn?" 

The Kingston Trio recorded this song in 1967 and it was re-released 2007. Do you remember?

Well, where have all the big trout gone?

September 2010

Good question! I am growing very concerned though. 

September 2010
If any of you visited the NW United States this summer, you were probably met with a huge cloud of smoke. Stifling! The fires here began this last July (late) and continued even until now. I was returning from a trip to south central Montana not 9 days ago and met a brand new blaze not 65 miles from my part time Idaho home.

September 2014
You may have also noticed that the streams were very low. Some even had water temperatures well into the 70's. Much of western Montana had, and some still have, "Hoot Owl" restrictions on trout streams. They suck but do protect the fish. The last thing most trout Idaho fly fishers want to do is kill the few good fish we do catch. I was always taught to try and preserve fish for future generations whenever possible.

September 2013
The recent drought has had a lot to do with the above problems. We had half the normal snow fall last season and have seen almost no rain since May. Hopefully, with fall returning, this will improve soon and our snows will be normal in 2015-2016. That would be a real blessing. For those that do take the time to read this, I also wonder where all the wild game has gone. Luckily I stay mostly on a non-hunting game preserve, but off the preserve, where have they gone? Oh, the subject for another post and another day.
October 2012



October 2012
                                                                            Back to my original point. I really am concerned that the trout are significantly fewer in number and considerably smaller. In the last 10 years, I would say the cull numbers and sizes have both decrease by half. I do see a few more Idaho fly fishers, but most are courteous and release their catches. Most also no not to fish when it is really hot and do not to prolong the fight.

September 2013
I do have a few suggestions for those who insist on trout fishing right now. First, make sure the stream/river you choose has good flow. Secondly, carry with you a stream thermometer and make sure the water temperature is no less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Thirdly, please use barbless hooks so as to be able to release your catch quickly. Fourth, do not handle your catch at all if possible--this can easily remove their protective slime and make them much more susceptible to disease and death. Ketchum makes a really cool catch-n-release tool which fits conveniently on you pack or vest.  And lastly, do not play fish for long periods, for they are more apt to perish after being released.

Anyway, where have all the really big fish gone? We all need to be aware that things are constantly changing and sometimes not for the best.

Hard takes, tight lines, bent rods and screaming reels to all my Idaho fly fishing friends. I promise to get back to my frequent postings again this fall.

IdahoAngler@live.com


August 2011
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Idaho Fly Fishers Association Annual Meeting - 2015

Again many of our Idaho fly fishing lovers met for our annual meeting at the Big Horn River, MT.


KY with a nice Horn Brown
Again we had a great time and caught trout. Paul was our savior with his culinary skills and we all had way too much to eat and drink. Poker games are beginning to now end before midnight, but of course we are all somewhat more mature than we used to be. 

Want to know why the fish don't bite? 


Being honest, the fishing is NOT what it used to be. Heavier flows, warmer water and large amounts of grass, which we have had for the last 2 years, are having an effect on this fishery. Fishing the morning Tricos hatch was great on top, but drop below the surface for the larger fish and you have had it. I do hope the locals figure out the problem or I fear this once great fishery is on its way out.

New member LG (OK) having a GREAT time!
Needless to say though, the group will survive and next year promises another great outing. We just don't know exactly where might meet to fish and socialize.

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Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and sore arms forever. 

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