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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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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Netting a Fish

The proper way to net a fish is to some extent an art.

Pointers about netting:
1. Always keep the tip of your rod up when fighting a fish so that if necessary, you can always drop the tip of the rod to give a fish some running room if necessary.
2. Attempt to get the fish into as shallow water as possible.
3. Keep the fish's head up and bring it toward you until it lays on its side. "Swim" the fish into the net.
4. Always net a fish head first. Never try to net a fish from the tail. They will feel the net coming and just jump out of the way and you could lose the fish.
5. Have the drag set, so that if necessary, the fish can make runs if it wants.
6. Hold the net in your "non-dominant" hand, which is the most sensitive, and have your rod in your "dominant" hand.
7. Use a light net that is easy to handle with one hand.

The nets I like to use have telescoping handles and a tape measure attached to the bottom of the net. Make sure the tape measure is "up". The tape begins with "0" in the center. Gradients lines go out on both sides of "0" in inches. So if the fish is lying in the bottom, the mouth is on "12" and the tail tip is on "14", the fish is "26" inches long. Easy to measure and easy to release without handling the fish. This also makes it easy to photograph your fish so your buddies will know it was really a "26" incher. They actually might believe you.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and many fish to the net.


Tags:  Pike on a Fly
     Scuba Trout Fishing
     Slow Dries? Try Clipping!
     Sticky Ferrules
     Wade Fishing
     Year of the Spider
     "YSF Stinger" Perfected

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Idaho Fly Fishers Association Annual Meeting - 2017

Man, I can't say enough for the IDFFA Meeting I from which we just returned in Fernie, BC. The fishing was absolutely phenomenal!!! You can easily see from the attached photos that we did have a BLAST!

A bit smoky from the Montana fires but you could not smell. The combined group fished the Michele, Elk and Wigwam rivers.

This southeast portion of British Columbia is "Protected Waters". What the Canadians designate as Class II. This means they limit the number of fishers each day and charge an extra per Diem permit charge, over and above the BC fishing license, which is really a tax. It is only $21 Can/day this year, but can add up. License is $58 for 8 days.

Don't get me wrong, "Protected Waters" are good, for it does protect the indigenous fish population. Here it is single hook, barbless, catch-n-release.

Really effective flies on the Elk and Michele were black ants, purple haze, adams, red BH copper johns, an occasional hopper and other miscellaneous. Dries did seem to work the best. I personally did not fish the Wigwam, but my understanding is that large streamers and golden stones were the ticket.

Bull Moose somewhere
Anyway, we had a great time and I believe, everyone enjoyed the trip enormously. Go to the IDFFA trip page for info on the last 2017 trip and upcoming 2018 trips. The trips are open to all Idaho Fly Fishers Association Members. There is NO fee. All we want is your participation. Please send a short bio when you apply. We really do want more members. It is a GREAT time!

Hard takes, tight lines, come and join us. We'd love to have you as a member.


Tags:   Coeur d'Alene (North Fork)
     Cutthroat Byway  
     Elk River - Fernie, BC, Canada
     Flathead River System - Montana
     Get Ready to Rumble - Fernie, BC, Canada

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lake Trout

Did you guys see this? 57 pound state record Utah lake trout caught by Idaho (fly) fisherman but this one NOT on a fly rod.

See original article:
     By Shelbie Harris
     July 23, 2017 12:09 PM

So is this a Mackinaw or a Lake Trout or a Bull? HE LET HER GO!

Idaho fly fishing is the BEST! Come and join us.

Hard takes, tight lines and screaming reels.


Tags: Before the Fishing Begins in North Idaho
Hemingway's Idaho
Idaho Grizzly ???
Moyie River Bridge
"Postcard, ID"
The Few, The Proud, The Idahoans
Why Idaho?
You gotta admit.....