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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring Perfection

This is the perfect spring tailwater fly. Pronounced (Ki'-ra-ne-mids) is a non-biting midge (defined loosely) which can be found in lakes as large as size 8 which are called "bombers". River fishers do generally use "midge" sizes 18-22. Lake fishers are all over the place with bombers (size 8) down to size 16. In reservoirs they comprise approximately 40% of the food the trout eat. Considering their size, that is a lot.

As an Idaho fly fisher, I have some high mountain lakes nearby, but honestly have mostly stuck with the running waters. There is just something about the water moving through the Bitterroots. But you know, I think it is about time to try some lakes. What the heck. I have horses and I have a float tube which I can throw over a horse's back. And in the spring, the rivers are running too much from snow melt, but the lakes are perfect. Besides, these flies are really simple to tie. (See Below):
Secure thread onto hook close to barb.


Secure silver tinsel and wrap forward to eye.


Wrap back to bend then back again to eye.
Thickly cover the hook.


Wrap tinsel forward and secure behind eye.


Add small ball of peacock hurl/thread.


Add white forward leaning wing (Optional).


Finished chironomid fly.


I have seen hundreds of the shucks on the
leeward side of coves floating
in the shallows.

They say "shrimp" type hooks are important. These are tied on a #12. You know, I may just give the larger sizes a try on rivers. Going to the Big Horn this week. Will let you know how they do. Notice the variety of colors (red, brown, tan, black and olive).

Hard takes and tight lines,

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

IDFFA Going Gangbusters - Another New Member

Original email From: *****@aol.com
Date: May 10, 2016 at 8:54:15 PM PDT
To:
idahoangler@live.com
Subject: Fishing
 
I would like to join your association. I tried via your web page but it didn't work. I would love to hook up with on a fishing expedition on one of our beautiful north Idaho rivers. Please contact me at ****@allwallinc.com   Thanks Dan

My reply: Please send some bio information so the membership can consider your request,..... (or something like that.)

Then received from Dan (The Wall):

IdahoAngler,
 
I am 57 years old, married 27 years. We have no children. Born and raised in Michigan..... I spent several years after high school in the mountains of Oregon..... Spent time working in Wyoming oil fields, logger in Michigan. Eventually moved to Texas ..... then moved to Bartlesville, OK ..... where I met my wife Kim.
 
I always wanted to get back to the Northwest ..... (so we eventually) built our (existing house) on 29 acres of forest on the East side of Lake ..... (ID).....

Kim has spent years working with dog rescues and we currently have 8 dogs of our own. My hobbies include deer and elk hunting, golf, and of course fly fishing.I spend most of my vacation time fly fishing or elk hunting. I have floated on my Bucks Bag Pontoon on many of Idaho's and Montana's rivers, usually with my fly fishing and camping companion, my dog "Milo ". He hikes the rivers and floats on the back of the pontoon down the rivers. I would say the St Joe would be my home water. I spend a lot of time down there hunting, hiking, fishing.  

I'm traveling to Bull Lake, Montana next weekend for a four day camping and fishing trip with some neighbor friends. They will fish the lake. I hope to float the Bull River. Not sure what kind of shape it will be in. I haven't fished or floated it before. But have traveled the road and always wanted to.Maybe fish some creeks in the area.

I hope to be invited into your special group and be able to meet and spend some time fishing with you and the other members. Thanks Dan
 

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Dan's dog Milo. He'll fit right in too!
Response for a IDFFA Membership Committee Person:  

He sounds like he might fit right in with us.  Please tell him we need additional information (Dan, ignore this request - he was just kidding).  We need  a picture of his dog on the pontoon and we will give his application some serious consideration at the next committee meeting. Oh yes, and the 100 dollar annual fee (This is to pad his personal account - we have no fee yet)! Sent to my address of course.

Kevin (Shotgun) - Oklahoma

I think these guys are taking us too seriously!


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Bull River Cuttie
IdahoAngler (aka YSF) to Dan: Sorry Dan, these guys are a bunch of goofballs. Your are in the IDFFA even though one of the membership committee persons (we just formed this committee) has not yet weighed in. The lager just happens to be my baby brother Glen (Falls from Boats) - SC, who really did fall out of a boat (I pushed him) as a teen. And by the way, my dog is named Milo as is yours.
 


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Golden on left is my Milo. White one on right belongs to "My Boss".

Please let me know your last name for our non-published records and your phone numbers. We will never intentionally publish any of your personal info. I live only about 30 miles (as the eagle flies) due north of you. Actually when you go to the Bull, you will drive right by my house. Here are some blog posts about the Bull River (1, 2, and 3). The Bull tends to be one of my most popular blog searches.

The best place to launch on the Bull is about 3.5 miles above the 8 mile bridge - take out at the bridge. Long float though about 4-6 hours. The launch point is a canoe launch on the left as you head north toward the lake. The water here is always cold for it does not come from the lake. Just below the launch about 200 yards there is a sweeping river curve to the left. The best fishing in the river is here with a very large (#6-8) Brown Drake hatch in the mornings around 10 am Montana time.

If you will give me a call (208-xxx-xxxx) sometime I'll go fishing with you. The above is a cutthroat from the Bull on a Brown Drake.

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BWO here, but looks very similar to Brown Drake--just smaller.



PS-New member Fly Fishing Justin (TBD) - Washington may be looking for a partner to the St. Joe in August. He is the son of an old college friend from Georgia and IDFFA member. If you can't find his info, let me know. Look HERE for information.

Hard takes, tight line, screaming reels and have a great time Idaho fly fishing. Email or call any time.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Summertime Black Ant

YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog presents the easy summer time black ant pattern. This time of year when water is low and warm, these ants are prolific. Trout absolutely love them and will frequently take hard. Foam has made these patterns easy to tie and very durable frequently bringing multiple fish to the net. They float like a charm. Being black, I usually use a bright indicator so I can see the fly as it floats by.


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#12 Hook length - approximately 3/4".


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Round ends & cut linearly on underbelly.
Don't cut through or to ends. 


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Coat entire hood with black thread &
bring back to center.
 


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Tie on foam and secure at center.


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Now add small foam indicator - any bright color.


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Add black hackle at center


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Wrap 4-5 times and tie off.


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Finished fly looks appetizing.


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Try putting them in tandem.
You will simply love this pattern. Go Idaho fly fishing and try it soon.

Hard takes, tight lines forever.

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Tags: Skwala Stonefly
          Tellico Nymph
          YSF Salmon Slayer

Friday, May 6, 2016

New IDFFA Member

Our Group has really grown!
Congratulations to Justin S (TBA) for becoming our latest IDFFA member. The following is his original email request for membership:

Hi,
 
My name is Justin S..... and my father is IDFFA member Bill S..... "MCG". I was interested in joining your association. I have been fishing all my life and have just started to get back into fly fishing these past few years. I would love to connect with a group of fly fisherman that have a passion for Idaho fly fishing. Please let me know what information you need from me or if there is anything else you would like to know about me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
 
Thank you,
Justin 


2014
He has now been properly vetted by our membership committee and I am proud to announce that his request to become a member of the Idaho Fly Fishers Association (remember we fish other states as well) has been formally approved. He now joins a very elite group from around the North American continent as a member.
 
If you know of others that would like to join us, please email me. Or better yet, have them email me with some personal info asap. I will take their request to the membership committee as soon as it is received. Application requests will take a week or two to process. AND REMEMBER, MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENTLY FREE. Also, we are planning two trips for the group this fall and all members are invited. There is still room, but please act soon. The more the merrier. We would love to have you.
An obviously excited IDFFA Member!
 
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels, (bent rods, sore arms, sweaty brows, etc., etc., etc.) and huge Idaho trout to all.
 
 
 

Enjoy from YSF

Thought readers might enjoy these:

Who would believe the (above) is a retired Idaho Fly Fishers Association Member with his only two friends? Yes, there are two miniatures in his arms--one black and behind a white. I wonder if he (Larry) is actually alive?


This recent photo I found somewhere. It is the latest in fly fishing and SHTF cabins.


This is self explanatory. "Vive la France" or some such BS. Courtesy of 9gag.com.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and successful Idaho fly fishing (or wherever) to all.

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