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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.

IdahoAngler@live.com

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

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