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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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Here is the scoop. We will also be going on some shorter side trips this summer as well. They will be posted here. If you live in Montana, Idaho or Washington state, you may want to contact IdahoAngler@live.com for details. You'll meet some really great fellow fishers!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

IDFFA News Part 2016.1

Congratulations to our 4 new IDFFA Members. Go to our Idaho Fly Fishers Association header tab for an update. And while there check out our upcoming 2017 planned trips. Dates and locations for two are set, but specifics for accommodations and guide services are not. ALL of our members are great people. They have been vetted by our proactive membership committee and would really love to Idaho Fly Fish with you--or wherever. Idaho Fly Fishing is really a philosophy and not a place.

Some other REALLY EXCITING news:

One of our charter members Paul (Hopper) S. is developing a group from PA. Let's simply call it the "PAFFA" for now. Paul is proudly branching out and taking his own group to the Big Horn this coming July. Maybe you'll be one of the lucky IDFFA members to be invited to join him. I would go were it not for the fact I will be having family visiting for some Idaho fly fishing at that time.

Hard takes, tight lines and Idaho fly fish whenever and wherever you like.


Tags:  Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Grande Ronde River - Idaho
     Kelly Creek, ID 

New IDFFA Member Jay F.

Kodiac, AK Humpy 2004
We welcome new IDFFA member Jay F. to our "Merry Band of Anglers". First my reply to his email follows:
"Nice note Jay. We (IDFFA members) have been called a lot of things. But "merry band" is a first. Maybe we should convert from sour mash to mead. Stay in touch. Add those names I gave to you to your email list. They'll fish with you. So will I if you ever make it to ID/MT. I live in the ID panhandle 15 miles to MT, 30 miles from WA and 60 miles from Canada, BC. PS-Welcome to the IDFFA (Idaho Fly Fishers Association). You will not regret it." 

Now Jay's email:

"I am thrilled to be invited to join your Merry Band of Anglers!"

Fernie Canada, BC Bull 2014
< I do not have permission to post his exact email, so let me paraphrase. > Jay is in his mid-50's, retired from the Air Force and was stationed all over including Germany x 2 and Oklahoma. He received his college degree while on active duty. He now works as a quality engineer in Indianapolis, IN. Jay has also fished, not only for trout all over this country and Europe, but he likes other species as well. The retired Master Sergeant is looking for others to join him in his fly fishing adventures.
Kenora Canada, Ontario Small Mouth 2002 

His mom sounded to be quite the hoot and she was very proud of her family. One funny thing she would tell people about Jay was "he's so conservative he didn't know DamnDemocrats was two words until he was 14 years old." Sort of describes other IDFFA members as well. Jay, welcome to YOUR Idaho Fly Fishing Association.

Nantahala River, NC Rainbow 1996
Jay's response to the "nonrefundable" application fee one of our smart ass members tried to impose: "I hope you will waive that fee - just like it being non-refundable I just found out my wife ran off with a Transvestite Midget from Prague (after the Kolache Festival I knew something wasn't quite right). He's (or is it "she's") threatening to return the wife so I have to pay to keep that from happening and am short on funds. I am sure you understand? Right?"

Hard takes, tight lines and many new fly fishing adventures with the IDFFA.

White River, AR Rainbow 1992
Tags: Fly Tying
Fly Fishing Lakes     
Great Fly Fishing Rivers     
HOTTEST Techniques 
IDFFA Annual Meetings
Just for Fun

Monday, November 28, 2016

Milkmen can shoot (and Idaho fly fish) too!

Milkmen can shoot (and Idaho fly fish) too!


This is a good friend of mine. His name is Tom Q.  He is 70 years old. This buck is his 92nd with a bow.  He is without a doubt the most knowledgeable Oklahoma whitetail bow hunter I have ever known. He took this deer on my property Tuesday morning (11/22).

Tom was a milkman for 40 years. Delivering milk to many homes.  He once told me that I would have made a really great milkman.  Not really sure what he meant by that.

 If you would, can you make Tom famous for a day on your blog?  He has never used a computer or sent a text or an email.  I think it would be nice for him to see his pic on your blog.

Many thanks and happy Thanksgiving to you.

Your friend,

Kevin (Shotgun) Y., Oklahoma

PS - Looking forward to our fishing outings this coming summer.

Hard takes, tight line and a long life to all. Come and Idaho fly fish soon.

Contact: IdahoAngler@live.com

Tags:    Purple Haze
     Royal Wulff
     San Juan Worm
     San Juan Worm (Alternative)
     Skunk Hair Caddis
     "Skunk" Wolly Bugger
     Skwala Stonefly Adult

Monday, November 21, 2016

Got to Love 'em

Facing some surgery tomorrow, my Idaho fly fishing friends are trying to lift my spirits:

And lastly:

"Subject: Speak Clearly...
Archie is lying in a hospital bed, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose.
A young student nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath.

“Nurse,” he mumbles from behind the mask, “are my testicles black?”

Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, “I don’t know, sir. I’m only here to wash your upper body and feet.”

Through his mask, Archie struggles to ask again, “Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?”

Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles,
the nurse overcomes her embarrassment and pulls back the covers.

She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles in the other.

She looks very closely and says, “There’s nothing wrong with them, sir. They look fine.”

The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly,
“Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very, very closely:

Are – my – test – results – back?”
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and for the love of Idaho fly fishing.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

What will we do?

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YSF Assam
Well, winter is upon us in North Idaho. Remarkably it is still warm and the snows haven't begun yet, but the rains have come. Waters are high and cool but still fishable. Get out your neoprenes and throw a few streamers. If you do, one can catch some really good fish Idaho fly fishing this time of year. Fish the deepest holes you can find. The numbers may not be there, but the size usually makes up for it.

Now if something does restrict your ability to fish right now, like orthopedic surgery or an abdominal aneurysm, dream of fishing and tie a few flies. If you are going to be recovered in time to fish before the snows come, tie up some large streamers now.

Some really good ones are listed here:

San Juan Worm (Extra Large)
Wooly Bugger (Black, Brown or Olive BEST)
YSF Assam
YSF Salmon Slayer
Make sure they are BIG and are fished really slowly. Preferably on a sinking line and on the bottom. A really good way to tie these is like a Clouser Minnow with the hook up.
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The Clouser Minnow
This will avoid so many lost flies. Just about any streamer can be tied this way. Even though really designed as a saltwater fly, the Clouser is actually a really good trout fly as well. PS again, make sure your flies are BIG and FAT this time of year. A 1-0 or #2 hook would be good, or where legal, try adding some marabou to a large hook and placing on the end of your YSF Assam. This makes a REALLY large fly that sinks like a rock with weighted line and a little lead in the body.
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Montana Sparrow
Remember, the bigger the better and no one really ties a "Perfect" fly.
Hard takes, tight lines, sore arms and good wintertime fly tying.

     San Juan Worm (Extra Large)
     Wooly Bugger (Black, Brown or Olive BEST)
YSF Assam

     YSF Nuclear Ant 
     YSF Salmon Slayer


Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day 2016 - God Bless Our Vets

Today, I could not be more proud of our country and veterans. They provide us with so many opportunities that many feel are "entitlements". We are not entitled by birth to ANYTHING. Our veterans earn our rights for us and they should not be squandered. Thank you men and women for every right we enjoy. I pray your next 4 years will be full of safety and growth. May this country become strong again.

Come and fly fish Idaho soon.


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

Eloquently Written

Friday, November 11, 2016

Received yesterday from a friend. Felt I should share!

 "Dear Democrats and Liberals,

I'm noticing that a lot of you aren't graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump. Some of you are apparently "triggered". Because you are posting how "sick" you feel about the results. How did this happen you ask?

You created "us" when you attacked our freedom of speech.
You created "us" when you attacked our right to bear arms.
You created "us" when you attacked our Christian beliefs.
You created "us" when you constantly referred to us as racists.
You created "us" when you constantly called us xenophobic.
You created "us" when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.
You created "us" when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.
You created "us" when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.
You created "us" when you attacked our flag.
You created "us" when you began to immasculate men.
You created "us" when you decided to make our children soft.
You created "us" when you attacked our way of life.
You created "us" when you decided to let our government get out of control.
You created "us" when you brought a criminal to the dance who auctioned off America.
You created "us" when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.
You created "us" when you confused women's rights with feminism.
You created "us" the silent majority.

And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up.
And we did it with ballots, not bullets."

Thanks for sharing.


Tags:  "America"
     Bill of Rights
     God's Final Inspection of a Soldier
     Half Man, Half Boy