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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Black Crawler

The Black Crawler is effective and easy to tie. Right now I would have to call this my "Secret Fly" next to my YSF Stinger.

Actually, I'm in the process of reading "Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman" by Charles E. Brooks (1921-1986) copyright 1970. Charlie was a noted fly fisher who lived and fished after retirement in and around Yellowstone National Park. Amazingly, he observed some amazing stuff from ABOVE the surface on streams in the park like the Fire Hole in the 60's. Researching the feeding habits and living habitats of large trout was his thing.

WEIGHTED flies, "dead drifts", NO indicators equates to larger fish but fewer hook ups. Fish the rapids or calmer waters deep (4-5 feet) where there is structure. Sandy, gravel bottoms were generally not good unless there was adjacent submerged structure or cut banks. Tippet size didn't matter. The best flies were those which look the same from EVERY angle. He fished 95% of the time with weighted Montana Stone Nymphs, the old Wooly Worms, ASSAM DRAGONS (never heard of before now) and Skunk Hair Caddis deep below surface. Maybe this is why the Wooly Bugger (the same on all sides) is so effective. On top he fished Montana Stone Adult (similar to a Stimulator w/ yellow and orange). All of these were in large sizes #2-#8. Larger and smaller sizes were not as effective for the sizable trout. 
#4 - #8 2-3X Hook & Orange Thread
0.20 mm Lead Wire (20 Wraps)

4-5 Strands Black Pheasant Tail

Copper Wire for Ribbing (Original
calls for black Larva Lace)

Body/Thorax black Angora Dubbing
(Original black Rabbit). Then
wrap ribbing forward. Leave
orange showing @ rear.

Tie in fluffy brown Hackle

Three wraps then tie off.

Finished Fly,
 
 
Come and fly fish Idaho soon. Hard takes, tight lines and enormous trout to you all.
IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags: Bull River
      Clark Fork River
      Flathead River System

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fly Fishing's Ten Commandments

Found this in some old fly fishing stuff I had in storage. Thought some of you might enjoy. I definitely know persons who and I do personally abide by these commandments.

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Hard takes, tight lines and screaming reels to all. It's spring. Time for Idaho Fly Fishing. Always remember "Thou shalt give thanks to God, creator of all nature, for the catch of the day." (Every day)
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Tags:   Coeur d'Alene River Spring Fling
     Cold Water Haunts (Part 1)
     Cold Water Haunts (Part 2)
     Death, Taxes & Fly Fishing
     Dog Days
     Fall Colors (Fall ID Fly Fishing)
     Fishing Buddies

Come and join the Idaho Fly Fishers for their Fall Idaho Fly Fishing Fling in Montana
September 22-24, 2016 PARTICIPANTS MISSOURI RIVER TRIP: (17) Fly Fishing Art (MC) (artlusmc@gma[l.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing Kim (ED) (kjosephson@ou.edu) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Duane (Psycho) (duane@drduanegreen.com) - Washington
Fly Fishing John (Columbia) (johnorscheln@yahoo.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Marshall (OK Eye) (drgleckler@gmail.com) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Skip (OK2) (skiptangner@gmail.com) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Harold (Stretch) (hsiglar@yahoo.com) - Kansas
Fly Fishing Jeff (SC Man) (jarraines@gmail.com) - South Carolina 
Fly Fishing Joe (SC) (jtidwell@kw.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing Glen (Falls From Boats) (glen.childress@gmail.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing Barry (BO) (borscheln@orscheln.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Jack (YSF) (idahoangler@live.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Russ (DAD) (russ.fugate@gmail.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Avery (Co-Captain) (vtbuilt@gmail.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Kevin (Shotgun) (aky1214@aol.com) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Bob (Bobo) (rorscheln@orscheln.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Neale (RNO) (rnealeo@orscheln.com) - Missouri

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Blue (Red / White ?) Ribbon Trout Streams

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 flysMy Tuesday March 1, 2016 post on "Montana River Maps & Fishing Guide 2015" was a review on this short and very informative book. In it I saw a first. "Red" Ribbon Trout fisheries have come into being and with a little research I even found a definition for "White" Ribbon Trout fisheries. (See All Below). Now everyone knows what a "Blue" Ribbon Trout fishery is--we have all been fishing them for years. I personally believe that because the "Blue" Ribbon Trout fisheries aren't as "Blue Ribbon" as they used to be, two other ribbon categories have been added.

Below you will find definitions:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
 
"A Blue Ribbon fishery is a designation made in the United States by government and other authorities to identify recreational fisheries of extremely high quality. Official Blue Ribbon status is generally based on a set of established criteria which typically addresses the following elements:
  • Water quality and quantity: A body of water, warm or cold, flowing or flat, will be considered for Blue Ribbon status if it has sufficient water quality and quantity to sustain a viable fishery.
  • Water accessibility: The water must be accessible to the public.
  • Natural reproduction capacity: The body of water should possess a natural capacity to produce and maintain a sustainable recreational fishery. There must be management strategies that will consistently produce fish of significant size and/or numbers to provide a quality angling experience.
  • Angling pressure: The water must be able to withstand angling pressure.
  • Specific species: Selection may be based on a specific species.
Criteria as used by Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.[1] Specific criteria may vary by state.
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 flysMany quality recreational fisheries are informally referred to as Blue Ribbon by government agencies, tourist, media, environmental, sportsman organizations and writers, but are not officially designated as such by established criteria."



It appears these definitions began in Missouri and have filtered into other states' fisheries:



"Missouri Trout Management Areas" From Ozark Fly Fishers.org:

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fly Fishing Hell-Raisers

Courtesy of Glen "Falls from Boats" member of the Idaho Fly Fishers Association:


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Hard takes and tight lines. Fly Fish Idaho.

Tags: "America"
     Bill of Rights
     Buy Two? Why? Buy Ten!
     D-Day's 70th Anniversary (1)
     D-Day's 70th Anniversary (2)
     Fly Fishing Freedom

Last Trip to Costco


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Visit Purina
Courtesy of "The Professor" Larry (Retired) of the Idaho Fly Fishers Association:
http://www.yellowdogflyfishing.com/
Visit Yellow Dog Adventures

Yesterday I was at my local Costco buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Hemi, the Stupid Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had an elephant?  So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again.  I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.


I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and the way that it works is, to load your pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry.  The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again.  (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me.  I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle's ass and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Costco won't let me shop there anymore.
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Visit Ducks Dog Driftboats

Better watch what you ask retired people.  They have all the time in the World to think of crazy things to say.  Forward this (especially) to all your retired friends...... it will be their laugh for the day!!!

Hope you enjoyed. Come and fly fish Idaho soon! Hard takes and tight lines and huge trout on screaming reels to all Idaho Fly Fishers.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wading Boot Cleats

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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 flysfly 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 do go grocery shopping on occasion. But my wife accuses me of not knowing how much things cost. In fact, even though I really don’t want to admit it, she is right. As go groceries, so do wading boots. My brother and I were recently discussing his purchasing some wading boots and I told him he could buy really good ones for $60-70. I was wrong. I have not purchased any for quite a while. When I looked online, it appears they now cost $90-100.  
  
I have owned quite a few pair in now my 50+ years of fly fishing. You can easily pay $250+ for a pair depending on the name. I have several different brands. For longevity and comfort, I believe the Hodgman brand are the best. You can find cheaper, but they do not last as long. You can get felt soles, rubber soles or studded felt/rubber soles. There are some streams that do not allow felt and likewise, there are some guides that will not allow studs in their boats for they do a number on the fiberglass floor. So I have a pair of each.  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  

If you opt to put your own studs onto your rubber soled boots, which I would suggest, there are multiple sources for the studs. Most fly shops and guide huts will charge you about $30 for 25 studs. If you look around though, one can find titanium screw studs for about $5 for 25. If you want to go really cheap, 3/8” (or 1/4") hex head sheet metal screws you can get for pennies. Beware though the sheet metal screws will rust. 
 
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 flysGo to You Tube for video instructions. I have provided for you the optimal position for your studs. 12 studs in each shoe. Make sure you buy a boot that is 1 size larger than your dress shoes. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is your foot gets larger as you age. I like boots that fit over neoprene footed waders, but some folks like the boot built in. That’s okay, but that means you may have to buy 2 pair of waders—one with felt soles and one with rubber/studs. Your call. 
 
I hope this helps you in making your decision. Come and fly fish Idaho soon. The season will begin very soon and I for one am fishing more this year. Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and comfortable wading boots to all. 
 
 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Ode to our Cooper John (2011-2/17/16)

Coop Resting on "His" Sofa

Coop with his BEST friend Bosley
It seems that I have to do this more often than I like. Only a month ago I posted “Ode to our "Little Boy" (11/26/07-1/8/16)”.  Now we have lost another member of our family—Cooper. We got him from our local animal shelter when, we believe, when he was about a year old. The story we got of how he came to the shelter was vague, but he was either a runaway or abandoned. How anyone could have abandoned this wonderful creature is totally beyond any rational thinking. I have now done 3 obituaries about our animals since beginning this blog. These are very difficult to do, but are cathartic to my soul. See “Life”. 
Coop's "please give me a treat" look.



Cooper, as you can see, was a beautiful animal. He loved absolutely everyone and seemed happy to the end. He would greet everyone with a smile (literally), a wagging tail and was never aggressive to any human. To a fault, he would greet everyone even if they were a hundred yards away. His greeting always meant jumping up onto you when he saw you and give you a great big lick. 

Coop's really intelligent look.
We are not sure exactly his breed, however, my wife found “Sprollies” after he was gone. This is an English breed mixing Springer Spaniels and Border Collies. Unfortunately most pure breeds and deliberate mixes and susceptible to different diseases. Springers are apparently prone to certain autoimmune diseases and he was no exception. He developed what we believe to be Myasthenia Gravis in his middle years and never recuperated. Compounding that, he probably developed carcinomatosis from which he rapidly deteriorated and eventually resulted in his euthanasia. The exact cause of his downturn is still a nagging question. 

This was again one of the hardest thing we ever had to do. Dogs are your children once the later are grown. They really do love you unconditionally and can never be replaced. They hold a very special place in your heart and once the hole is there, it can never, never be filled. We now have the ashes of 3 of our canine children on the mantle and we simply cannot bring ourselves to part with them. Maybe someday. 
Think I just peed look.

God I miss you Cooper. The thought of you will always bring a smile and tear. I will sorely miss our daily drives in the countryside and the tail-wagging smile which greeted me every time I returned home from work. Nikki and Milo told me to tell you they miss you as well and someday we will all, including Bosley and Sheba, be together again. 

My never ending love, 

DAD (IdahoAngler@live.com)

Tags:   Ode to my "Baby Girl" Sheba
            Ode to our Cooper John
            Ode to our "Little Boy" Bosley

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

"Montana River Maps & Fishing Guide 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 flysWritten and published by Frank Amato this is a really good guide to many of the famous rivers in Montana in 2015. There are 30 sections of very famous western & Montana fly fishing rivers discussed here. For example the Missouri River has an excellent and very detailed 2 page discussion in here in an all you need know format.

This short book also has launch points, camping areas, hatch charts, easy to follow driving instructions and some wonderful photos. New in this book are trout fishing schedules--in other words the best time to catch fish. There are several short paragraphs about area establishments and attractions in each section, with Montana fly fishing hints and comments as well.

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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 flysI have been to the Missouri on several occasions since it is only located a few hours from my home. It really is a great western fly fishing river with sometimes large catches of brown and rainbow. The fish are generally in the 10-12 inch range but can be quite large particularly in the fall. The one pictured below here is a great example of the type of fish one can catch on some of these Central Montana Rivers.


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Central Montana Big Boy Brown
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By the way, if you need flies to take with you to the Missouri or any other Montana trout river, look at the hatch charts in the book, then go to Big Y Flies. Their flies are quite durable and inexpensive. And for the perfect Missouri River rod, try out their 9 foot Nano. I have one and I must say, it is one of my favorites and perfect for the St. Joe. Big Y also has frequent sales. Get on their mailing list. It is definitely worth it.

Hard takes, tight lines, come and join us on MO if you can. Don't forget Idaho fly fishing as well.

PS - We have an awesome IDFFA trip planned to the Missouri in September. This short resource is the perfect resource for Montana rivers and streams. Frank Amato also has reference sources for Washington state, Oregon, Northern California and Alaska. See Amazon for this publication as well. It will also cost around $20 including shipping.

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Tags:  Grande Ronde River - Idaho
    
Kelly Creek, ID
     Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana
     Kootenai River - No Hoot Owl
     Missouri River - Montana
     Moyie River - Idaho