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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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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fishpond

Why I have not written a post regarding Fishpond products is beyond me. In Travel Rods 2014, I did write a paragraph regarding one of their products which I have now owned for quite a while.


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Fishpond Rod Tote
"..... I have gone almost exclusively to 4-piece fly rods for the purpose of travel. In a Fishpond travel case I can get three 4-piece rods up to 9 1/2 feet, multiple reels, a rain jacket, leaders and 2 pair of sunglasses and it fits into just about any airplane overhead. Beats getting a rod broken by a baggage handler (the airline will NOT replace for cost) or lost before you reach your destination. I even have a 7-piece 9 foot travel rod with great action which I occasionally throw into my Fishpond as well."


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Fishpond Duffle w/ Bottom Dry Storage
Well this Christmas, my lovely wife purchased me a Fishpond gear bag. I must admit, I would have preferred a more muted color, but it is quite functional. My original Fishpond travel rod tote was recommended by an IDFFA and fly fishing friend from Pennsylvania. He was right and it is the best tote I have ever seen for 4 piece rods, reels, etc. I have now had mine 3 years and it is quite durable. It is beginning to fray a little on the handles and corners, but once repaired and it has functionally passed away, I will replace with another.

I did own a much larger gear bag again with dry storage for wet boots and waders in the bottom such as this, but the bag weighed 35 pounds without any gear. This one from Fishpond is very lightweight (1.9 pounds) and functional. If not overly stuffed, it might also fit in an airplane overhead as does my rod tote. They are perfect for travel. This one also has a fold out mat on which to sit to change your wet gear when exiting your favorite river. Keeps your gear clean, so all one does when returning home is to lay your stuff out to dry.

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Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, screaming reels and all the fly fishing gear of which you could ever dream.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Ho Ho Ho!

Did receive a really cool Christmas card from a very good Arkansas fly fishing friend and his wife. Just had to share.

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Nice salmon! I do know approximately where they were fishing if interested.

Hard takes, sore arms, bent rods and screaming reels into the New Year.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Don't Mess with Idaho

2015 Ends
You really don't want to mess with Idaho! Do You? Where clean air, clean water, the smell of evergreens and the sight of eagles, elk, moose and bear make the trout grow HUGE!
 
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 Got to love this tee shirt!
 
Tyrannical governments of the world beware. Welcome to Idaho--where there really is "a gun behind every blade of grass".
 
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Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms and safe rivers to you all.
 
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas 2015

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fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysYou know, I went into a large retail store yesterday looking for Christmas cards. There were almost no "Christmas" cards but there were plenty of "Happy Holiday" cards. What a very sad state of affairs. The birth of Jesus is really not celebrated much in our country anymore, whereas only 30 years ago it was the primary focus for the December holiday. And when was the last time those from the left press or even some of our most powerful politicians attended church?
Back to the point at hand. Thought you might like to see this for it is festive. This is an email ad I received just this morning:
 
http://www.cabelas.com/home.jsp
  
fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flysI know Cabela's has great stuff. I frequent the one near me in Idaho all of the time. But I can tell you. If you act today, you can still get some really neat stuff for your Idaho fly fishing sweetie (whether from Idaho or not) before online shopping ends.

My last post mentioned one of my personal favorites--the autobiography Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis by Howell Raines. But simply go to my "QuickView Blog Post Retrieval" to find many more gift ideas. It doesn't matter whether you are looking to make something very inexpensive for him/her like a Poor Man's Lanyard (parents and friends love homemade stuff) or simply give them a jar of Albolene, which you can find at any drug store, for fly floatation.

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Another wonderful gift for the avid Idaho fly fisher is Longer Fly Casting by Lefty Kreh which is reviewed in my post "A Perfect Gift". The post about "Big Y Flies" has great ideas regarding necessary flies and a great, new technology fly rod for your fly fisher. Try one of my personal favorites, a "Furled Leader" by Jaime which are handmade in southern Idaho. Slightly more expensive, but well worth it, is the "Personal Pontoon Boat". And the ultimate is the 2-3 person inflatable fly fishing rafts at "KVI Rafts".

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Have a happy and merry Christmas. Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, screaming reels and bent 4-5 weight fly rods forever and particularly into your New Year. Make 2016 your Idaho fly fishing year.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Great Fly Fishing Gift

"Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis"
http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishing-Through-Midlife-Crisis/dp/0060834641%3FSubscriptionId%3DAKIAILSHYYTFIVPWUY6Q%26tag%3Dduckduckgo-d-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0060834641

One of the best book descriptions I have ever read:

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fly fish Idaho; flies fishing; fly fishing; fly fishing equipment; fishing flies; fishing gear; trout flies; salmon flies; fly fishing Idaho; flies for sale; Idaho fly fishing; flyfishing flies; fishing flys"Howell Raines has gone fly fishing with presidents of the United States and legends of the sport, as well as relatives, childhood friends, and his two sons. Casting deep into the waters of his tumultuous and momentous life - his storied career at the New York Times, his painful divorce, his seven-year feud with his father, his memorable friendship with fisherman/philosopher Richard C. Blalock - Raines offers his now-classic meditation on the "disciplined, beautiful, and unessential activity" of fly fishing and the challenges and opportunities of middle age. A witty and profound celebration of life's transitions and the serene pleasures of the outdoors, Raines's memories and observations offer wisdom for the younger man, comfort for the older man, and rare insight for women into the often puzzling male psyche. "Hear me, my brothers," Raines says. "Anything is possible in the life of a man if he lives long enough. Even adulthood."

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Tight lines, bent rods and screaming reels forever.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Fly Rods and Gear

         

2:37 PM                                     

December 11, 2015 
To: Fly Fishing Glen "Falls From Boats"

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"Idaho Angler, my friend needs a suggestion for a rod for the Missouri River this next summer. Please respond."




From: Idaho Angler (idahoangler@live.com )                                
Sent:Fri 12/11/15 2:37 PM
To:Fly Fishing Glen "Falls From Boats" (glen.....@gmail.com)

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http://www.bigyflyco.com/store.asp/CAME_FROM/ajaxajax

Have him then go to Fly Rods under Gear. 2nd from top left under Big Y Nano click down arrow and click on 590-4 (4 piece, 5 wt., 9 foot nano material graphite rod). This is a GREAT entry level fly rod. I have one and use it ALL THE TIME. Durable and almost unbreakable. Warrantee is as good as the big boys like Sage and Orvis but is much cheaper.
 
While there look at Adams, Amy's Ants, Blue Wing Olives, Bugmeisters, Henry's Fork Hoppers, Half Chernobyls, Purple Haze, Stimulators for dry flies,
Hares ears, Pheasant tails, Caddis pupa, Golden Stoneflies for nymphs,
Black, Brown, Olive, Ginger Buggers for streamers in LARGE sizes (2-8 if available) and purple Moal Leaches for streamers
My friend Harold buys all of his flies here. You will meet him on the Missouri. Great flies and CHEAP. 2 or 3 of select patterns will do. Shipping is FREE with orders over $35.

They also have waders with stocking feet (will need felt sole boots) and wading staffs (which I have used for years in slippery stream to traverse across).

Idaho Angler
 
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Hard takes, tight lines, enjoy Idaho Fly Fishing
 
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One GREAT Fly!

Spring will be here soon 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".
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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.



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



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Now tie in some good hackle. Rust used here.

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

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Wrap foam around hook. Evenly space.

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Cut off excess in a round or square fashion.

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

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Add small clump of elk or caribou behind head.



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Half hitch behind eye. Finished fly.




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Finished fly!!!

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

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