Today's article: In late afternoon here during mid to late summer, hoppers fly off the banks in droves particularly when winds pick up. Fly fishing Idaho and Montana river banks can produce some explosive strikes and very large fish. Fish a hopper right against the bank if you can, but I must say I have even caught some lunkers in the middle of large waters this time of year.
|Color the underside - YSF Stinger|
Midges like chironomids if fishing tailwaters, nymphs like pheasant tails or hare's ears or even dries like other hoppers, Chernobyl ants or a purple haze for example will all work as droppers depending on conditions. Headed over to the St. Joe next week where we will be dropping off, per IDFFA member Ron's suggestion a copper john or pheasant tail or adams.
By the way, a YSF Stinger will mimic a hopper, stonefly, salmon fly, large caddis, moth and even a minnow if allowed to submerge and swing and be stripped at the end of a drift. This really is a GREAT fly and of our own design. Try it. If you have trouble making one, email me and I'll send you one for FREE!
Thanks for looking and remember to fly fish Idaho this year if possible. It truly is worth the trip to our beautiful country. The Idaho Fly Fishers Association is waiting for you. Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms, bent rods, screaming reals and happy Idaho fly fishing to all.
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