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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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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Perfect Vision

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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 flysPerfect vision I have not. Used to; but no longer. I have tried numerous fly fishing Idaho (and elsewhere) visual aids, but finally decided to improvise. My last pair of polarized fishing glasses had a magnifier built in to the bottom edge of the frames but the focal length no longer suited my purpose. In other words--I was becoming more visually impaired (blind). So, what does one do?

I made my own. Using a pair of dark tinted, polarized Cocoons®, it was easy to add on a pair of ThinOptics® plastic, flexible magnifiers by simply supergluing them to the nasal bridge as shown. I now have some very functional, polarized fly fishing glasses with lateral sun screens which you can even wear over your prescription glasses if desired. I can even tie on #22 flies.

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 flysThe Cocoons® you can buy at any Cabelas store or online for $49.99. The ThinOptics® magnifiers you can buy online for $19.95. The later comes with a spare pair and have a very thin case which can be attached to the back of your cell phone case. The super glue I prefer for attaching the magnifiers to the sunglasses, and also use on my flies from time to time, is Loctite®. PS-the Cocoons® also have a really nice carrying case as well which can clip to your pants, Idaho fly fishing vest or Idaho fly fishing chest pack.

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These really are great polarized sunglasses for the physically challenged that fly fish. Try them. You will not be disappointed. Hard takes, tight lines and huge fish to you always. Come and fly fish Idaho this summer.

PS - In my opinion, glasses such as these have magnifiers which are too small.-->

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     Fishpond Gear
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Just for Cutties in 2016

Chernobyl Ant
Great attractor pattern to be fished in the late spring and early summer with a trailer. Try either a midge dropper or midge dry trailer on a 5-7 x tippet. Look also to YouTube for good tying instructions. Multiple colors are good too.
1-Attach dark thread at bend.

2-Flash for tail the width of bend.

3-Purple dubbing w/ flash for body.

4-Two (2) mm white foam as shown.

5-White rubber legs as shown. Dubbing over foam.

6-White Antron wing as shown to tail.

7-Add midsection dubbing.









9-Slightly more dubbing to eye
and tie off.
8-More Antron wing to tail.
Legs and dubbing as shown.


10-Underside of finished fly.
This is a great springtime fly for western rivers particularly in the late spring and early summer. I find it very effective, sometimes with a midge dropper on rivers such as the Kootenai and Coeur d'Alene for cutthroat and cutbows.

Give it a try. Some wonderful Idaho fly fishing awaits all who are willing to make the trip. Try professional guides like Randy Dingman--he will really put you on the fish.

Exciting takes, bent rods, screaming reels and sore arms to all our readers wanting to fly fish Idaho.


Tags:  Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
    
Kootenai River - Idaho / Montana

Friday, July 15, 2016

Moyie River - Summer 2016

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Last Fall on the Moyie. Zen Outfitters photo winner 2015.
Hi,
 
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Kevin (Shotgun) IDFFA Member on the Moyie
I and two of my friends were considering a trip for a week of fishing on the Moyie. I grew up in Wallace, Idaho but had never heard of the Moyie until this last spring. Since none of us has any experience with the river/area any advice on where to fish and camp would be appreciated if we were to go. We all flyfish and practice catch and release. We have been told that there is a grizzly problem and was wondering if this is true as it has spooked one of my friends if that is the case.  Also we would be wade fishing and was told the river is a tough one to do this on.
 
Any information you could relay to me would be appreciated.
 
Thanks in advance and ‘Tight Lines’ to you,
 
DryFlyGuy
 
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Dear DryFlyGuy,

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Moyie River just below the Shoot

I have never seen a grizzly, but they are there. Lots of blacks though. Bring bear spray and a .45 cal or better sidearm. You sound like my kind of guy "dryflyguy@charter.net" though.


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Paul (Hopper) IDFFA Member on the Moyie
In the Moyie River area either Meadow Creek Campground (primitive state campground half-way down from Canada) or Twin Rivers Canyon Resort (much less remote and less primitive and at the confluence of the Moyie and Kootenai) would be the only 2 campground of which I have knowledge. There is one a little further east at the mouth of the Yaak River and several in and around Libby, MT.

The Moyie really can ONLY be wade fished in the summer and it can be tough. PS-evenings can be good on Kootenai with dries just above Twin Rivers. It is wade able. Also, Rex at Twin rivers will rent you a raft and shuttle you up to Leonia at state line. Really good island just west of ramp and island is in Idaho. This is one beautiful float!



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Southerly View of Moyie from my Campsite
I was up there just yesterday. water is warming. Water comes over top of spillway in Moyie, BC so warms in summer. Definitely need to stay south of Meadow Creek in summer. There are a couple of good spots near Moyie Springs in summer though. For my money would fish either south or Kootenai or Bull. No wading on the Bull though.


If you guys make an annual summer trip consider joining the Idaho Fly Fishers Association. No fees except poker at night. We always make a couple of summer trips to usually different places. Good guys from all over the country. We smoke, drink and tell each other lies. For other questions, email me any time.


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Moyie at Twin Bridges
Tags:  Clark Fork River - Idaho / Montana
     Coeur d'Alene - Idaho's Year Round Fishery
     
Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Half Man, Half Boy


The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's, but he has never collected unemployment either.  

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and a 155mm howitzer.  

He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must.  
 
He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. 
He can march until he is told to stop, or stop until he is told to march. 
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. 
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. 
He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. 
If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. 
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. 
He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all. 
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.
He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed.  

He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to' square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. 

Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.  
 
He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so.  
 
As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot. . ... A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets. 

Prayer Wheel for Our US Servicemen and Women: "Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
 
When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in Afghanistan, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in Iraq, Afghanistan and all foreign countries. There is nothing attached.... This can be very powerful.. Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine, or Airman, prayer is the very best one.  
 
And oh yeah, don't forget out men and women in blue (our police) as well. Right now they also really need our thoughts and prayers.
 
 

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bow River, Alberta, Canada

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YSF,
Bow River Bow 2016


Fished the Bow today.  Released 6 fish. Had several on that got off right before trying to net or broke my line or got off when jumping.  Caught a 25 inch brown that was probably 7 pounds.  Got it to the boat several times but we could never get it netted.  Smallest fish was 16 inches.  Several were 20 inches. I took a picture of one that was 22 inches.  Mostly rainbows. These fish are some of the fattest fish I have seen. Great strong fighters making several leaps out of the water.  They seemed to just not tire.
 
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All were caught stripping streamers.

Got a business card of shuttle service.  It would be worth the drive to come up to fish for two days.

Kevin (Shotgun)

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Tags:  St. Joe River - Idaho
     St. Regis River - Montana
     Teepee Creek, ID
     Think Trout
     Vermilion River - Montana

Friday, July 1, 2016

No Fly Fishing Pressure - Vermillion

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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 flysThe Vermillion River in NW Montana has absolutely NO fly fishing pressure. Why? Idaho fly fishers and Montana fly fishers have absolutely no desire to go there. The fishing however is quite good and even our first pass there was productive though we had no idea what flies would produce.

Located an equidistance from Spokane, Kalispell and Missoula, it takes at least 3 hours to get there. Well why would one travel by plane and car that far to fish? To catch large numbers of multiple types of trout and not fight with other fly fishers. Now realize, this is not the typical western river. As a matter of fact, it is more like a stream or creek rather than a "river". But we did catch rainbow, colorful brook and cutthroat in the short 5 hours we fished there.

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 flysDirections: Find scenic Hwy 200 in Montana the turn north onto Blue Slide Road about 4 miles west of Trout Creek, MT. Go 4 miles on paved Blue Slide on the north side of the Clark Fork and look for the signs. You will turn north along the west side of the river. There are some falls about 8-10 mile north on the now gravel road, but we fished below the falls beginning at milepost 5.

Gear: You will need waders, for there is not anywhere near enough water after snow melt to float, and I used a 6 1/2 foot 3 weight rod which was perfect. There is definitely too much overgrowth on the stream side for anything longer than 8 feet. There is a fair amount of current, so the more mature fly fishers (= "older") may like to bring a wading staff as well.

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 flysFlies: The action was initially on #10 Yellow Humpies & #16 PMD's in the am and after 90 degrees #18 BWO's in the pm. The dries were definitely the ticket. Most areas are too shallow for stripping streamers and drifting nymphs. You really didn't need a long leader for the cutthroat were ravenous in the riffles.

The Fish: We caught mostly 8"-12" brooks and rainbows and cutthroat, but we did land two nice 16" cutties.

Anyway, a really good little stream and worth the trip. There are a lot of other local fisheries like the Kootenai, Bull, Moyie and Clark Fork. So make the trip. You will not be disappointed. Hard takes, tight lines and good fishing.


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Tags: Bull River - Montana 
      Clark Fork River
      Kootenai River
      Moyie River