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Idaho Fly Fishers Assoc.- TRIPS!

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The IDFFA (Idaho Fly Fishers Association) has been in existence now for several years. Our membership, mostly word of mouth, has grown significantly since our inception. From Idaho, Canada, California, South Caroline, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida, Washington, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana and Montana we come. We are proud to announce in 2017 the formation of the Pennsylvania and South Carolina Chapters (see below). Members email addresses are listed here. No full names are however provided. These are mostly professional people and value their privacy. They will be glad to answer any questions about our organization, but please do not bug them unless you have a legitimate question. PS-There is at present NO membership fee.

IDFFA Members:
Fly Fishing Geno (The Italian) (genobaril@yahoo.com) – Washington
Fly Fishing Shawn (The Scoper) (sbarrong@msn.com) – Montana
Fly Fishing Craig (Chappe) (craigchappelear@gmail.com) South Carolina 
Fly Fishing Brud (HC Guru) (brud@heatcool.com) - Georgia
Fly Fishing Glen (Falls From Boats) (glen.childress@gmail.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing Jack (YSF) (idahoangler@live.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Richard (Sierra) (cartersusan29@yahoo.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Bill (Crow's Nest) (bill.culler@movement.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing Tim (Otter) (timothy.denouden@gmail.com) - California
Fly Fishing Joey (Pungo) (jcdestefano@cox.net) – Virginia
Fly Fishing Jay (Master Sargent) (jfogle@cinergymetro.net) – Indiana
Fly Fishing Russ (DAD) (russ.fugate@gmail.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Larry (OK $) (lgill@firstfinservices.com) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Marshall (OK Eye) (drgleckler@gmail.com) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing Duane (Psycho) (
duane@drduanegreen.com) - Washington

Fly Fishing Larry (The Professor) (larryjay49@gmail.com) - Washington
Fly Fishing Kim (Cell in Water) (kjosephson@ou.edu) - Oklahoma
Fly Fishing David (MO $) (dbkeller2@gmail.com) – Missouri
Fly Fishing Devon (Hammer) (Devo.lunsford@gmail.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Jeff (Jeffecator) (Jeffmiller4321@gmail.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Bob (9 Iron) (rgmong2@yahoo.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Richard (Less Float) (richard@sinca.ca) - Canada
Fly Fishing Greg (Coors) (gnauser@nauser.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Barry (BO) (borscheln@orscheln.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Bob (Bobo) (rorscheln@orscheln.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing David (Trucker) (davidorscheln@gmail.com) KC, Missouri
Fly Fishing John (Bear) (johnorscheln@yahoo.com) – Missouri
Fly Fishing Neale (CPA) (rnealeo@orscheln.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Mark (Swa) (mplussa@cfl.rr.com) - Florida
Fly Fishing Greg (Handyman) (gnpisp@gmail.com) - Idaho

Fly Fishing Jeff (Eagle) (jarraines@gmail.com) - South Carolina 
Fly Fishing Dan (nMilo) (danr@allwallinc.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Wayne (Norforker) (wayner@lexicon-inc.com) - Arkansas
Fly Fishing Avery (Ups) (vtbuilt@gmail.com) - Kent cky
Fly Fishing Harold (Stretch) (hsiglar@yahoo.com) - Kansas

Fly Fishing Mike (Canoe) (msimpfendorfer@gmail.com) - Idaho
Fly Fishing Paul (Hopper) (pauldspeer@gmail.com) - PA
Fly Fishing Caleb (Sous Chef) (cstiles102@gmail.com) - Missouri

Fly Fishing Ron (BS-er) (ron.stiles@leggett.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Bill (Mcg) (williamsstovall@gmail.com) – Washington
Fly Fishing Justin (Grizzly) (justin.k.stovall@gmail.com) - Washington
Fly Fishing Mike (Cajun) (miketate9@gmail.com) - Louisiana
Fly Fishing Joe (SC) (jtidwell@kw.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing John (The Colonel) (johntruesdell1808@gmail.com) - Missouri
Fly Fishing Ryan (Fargo) (ryan.twitty@wellsfargo.com) – South Carolina
Fly Fishing Ronnie (Big Chief) (ronaldvin717@gmail.com) - Louisiana
Fly Fishing Kevin (Shotgun) (aky1214@aol.com) – Oklahoma


Pennsylvania Chapter:
Fly Fishing Paul (Hopper) (pauldspeer@gmail.com) - Pennsylvania - Chief Guide

South Carolina Chapter:
Fly Fishing Glen (Falls From Boats) (glen.childress@gmail.com) - South Carolina
Fly Fishing Craig (Chappe) (craigchappelear@gmail.com) – South Carolina 
Fly Fishing Bill (Crow's Nest) (bill.culler@movement.com- South Carolina
Fly Fishing Jeff (Eagle) (jarraines@gmail.com) - South Carolina 
Fly Fishing Joe (Uncle's Bar) (jtidwell@kw.com- South Carolina
Fly Fishing Ryan (Fargo) (ryan.twitty@wellsfargo.com) – South Carolina

From Canada, South Carolina, Georgia, Washington, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana and Idaho we come. We have an annual fly fishing convention which is a lot of fun. In years past it has been on the Big Horn in Montana. Check out ID Fly Fishers Annual Meetings. This next year we are having two separate meetings. 

Names in red above represent the original 9 charter members.
Names in blue above represent former vets, I think.
Names in green above represent newest member additions.

If you have any interest in joining the IDFFA, please email above. References are requested. Come and join the fun. Experience some real western fly fishing.
Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels, sore arms, great fish stories and huge trout to you always.

Suggested 2018-19 Trips:
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 flysLochsa River - September - Wade Only - RV, Tent, Small Motel (20 miles away) - Dan R., ID
Fish River, Superior, MT - Late July - Wade Only - RV's, Campers, Tents 
NF Coeur d'Alene River, ID - Early June - Wade/Float - Motel & Mom/Pop Restaurants - Dan R., ID
Rock Creek, MT - July to Early September - Wade Only - RV, Tent, Small Motel (20 miles away)
Kelley Creek, MT - July to Early September - Wade Only - RV, Tent, Small Motel (20 miles away)
Chico Hot Springs, MT - September - Float (the Yellowstone River) - Resort - Bobo O., MO
Blackfoot River "A River Runs Through It", MT - Sept - Wade Mostly - RV, Tent, Motel - YSF, ID
Gray Reef Bluffs N. Platte River, WY - Late September - Wade/Float - Unk. Accommodations - Harold S., KS

Previous Group Trips:
October, 2012 BIG HORN RIVER TRIP (8 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Great Fun!!!
September 19-21, 2013 BIG HORN RIVER TRIP (11 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Great Fishing!!! 
September 10-14, 2014 BIG HORN RIVER TRIP (11 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Great Time!!!
July, 2015 BIG HORN RIVER TRIP (12 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Really good Fly Fishing!!!
August 18-20, 2016 ST. JOE RIVER TRIP (10 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - HAD A HOOT!!!
September 22-24, 2016 MISSOURI RIVER TRIP (17 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - HAD A BLAST!!!
July 13-15, 2017 (PA Chapter) BIG HORN RIVER TRIP (4 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Good Fish!!!
August 10-12, 2017 ELK/MICHELE/WIGWAM RIVERS (12 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Fantastic Fishing - Russ (MO) "Best Trip I Ever Had!"
September 12-14, 2017 KOOTENAI RIVER TRIP (10 PARTICIPANTS) Trip Over - Great Time!!!

Upcoming 2018 Trips:

Trip #1
August 9-11, 2018 (Travel 8/8 & 8/12) – Fernie, BC, Can  Michele Creek/Elk & Wigwam Rivers 
US PASSPORT A MUST/NO ADMITTANCE W/O ONE OR WITH PRIOR DWI (WAIVER MAY BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE OF ENTRY)

Current List of Participating Members: (11 Fishers Signed Up Thus Far) (Unlimited # of Participants)

Jack (YSF) (idahoangler@live.com) - Idaho
Kevin (Shotgun) (aky1214@aol.com) – Oklahoma / Idaho
Glen (Falls From Boats) (glen.childress@gmail.com) - SC
Jeff (Eagle) (jarraines@gmail.com- South Carolina
Harold (Stretch) (hsiglar@yahoo.com) - Kansas
Devon (Hammer) (Devo.lunsford@gmail.com) - Idaho
Jeff (Jeffecator) (Jeffmiller4321@gmail.com) - Idaho
Greg (Handyman) (gnpisp@gmail.com) - Idaho
Mike (Canoe) (msimpfendorfer@gmail.com) - Idaho
Bill (Mcg) (williamsstovall@gmail.com) – Washington
David (MO $) (dbkeller2@gmail.com) – Missouri

Don't forget about Kalispell airport (only 2 hour drive)/or Calgary. Closer than Spokane (5 hours)
Canada Fish and Game have reclassified all southeast BC waters into "Special Protected". Most require a per diem           permit ($22 Can) to fish them. Heard they go to lottery on 3/31 each year. Michele tough to get. 
Elk River Guiding CompanyThey were $650 Can ($487.50 US) daily for 2/Gratuity $50-100 Can/50% in advance. Not yet sure of 2018 rates. 
Dave Brown Outfitters also located in Fernie. Not yet sure of 2018 rates. 
Personal Pontoons can be rented or purchased on line ($250-$1,300).
Food Nominal/$30 per day/Nearby Bars & Restaurants & ABC Store/Guides - Fishers discretion (See above).
BC Fishing License/$58 (2017 rates) Non-resident Alien 8 day. Go online for applications.
Plus $21/day/river permit.
Snow Valley Motel & RV Park/30 amp & sewer/This place has one 3-4 Bedroom suite (sleeps 8) & nice deck.  
Boat Rental if you don't want guide. Check with Elk RiverWe must book early and pay deposits.

Trip #2
September 12-14, 2018 (Travel 9/11 & 9/15) - Calgary, AB, Can - Bow, Sheep and Highwood Rivers - WARNING: GUIDES LIKE STREAMERS & 6-7 WT. RODS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE BOW!
US PASSPORT A MUST/NO ADMITTANCE W/O ONE OR WITH PRIOR DWI (WAIVER MAY BE OBTAINED IN ADVANCE OF ENTRY)

Current List of Participating Members: (3 Fishers Signed Up Thus Far) (Unlimited # of Participants)
Jack (YSF) (idahoangler@live.com) - Idaho
Kevin (Shotgun) (aky1214@aol.com) – Oklahoma / Idaho
Harold (Stretch) (hsiglar@yahoo.com) - Kansas

You can fly directly in to Calgary, AB. Kalispell, & Great Falls, MT are 5 hours. Spokane (5 hours).
Alberta Game & Fish charge $55 for a 7 day license. Regs on their website. Apparently they are TOUGH on "on the water" alcohol. Unaware of any "Special" permitting.
Dave Brown Outfitters (in Fernie, but have Calgary guides): They were $650 Can ($487.50 US) daily for 2/Gratuity $50-100 Can/50% in advance. Not yet sure of 2018 rates. 
"Shotgun" Kevin fished with Brown on the Bow and says they are GREAT!
Food Nominal/$30 per day/Nearby Bars & Restaurants & ABC Store/Guides - Fishers discretion (See above).

IMPORTANT: This is my take. It seems that most of you like different fishing locations each year. We have now had multiple group trips. The group is expanding and likes and dislikes are different. We rarely see each other during the day while fishing. We tend to congregate only in the evenings. This Alberta trip will offer as much variety as the fisher likes. You can even throw lakes into the equation if desired. Wade, float, whatever. 

The variety in Calgary and surrounds is incredible. Days we are on our own. The accommodation recommendations below are simply suggestions. It would be nice though if we could get together at least at night. Most of the Bow River ramps are actually on the south side of the city. I REALLY NEED SOME SUGGESTIONS HERE BOYS.

Cruise Canada - Nice, new RV rentals for about $80/night/fisher. 3 per coach. About the same size as mine. We could all stay in the same RV resort. Sites are about $45 with power and sewer hook-ups. Located in central Calgary and not open Sundays. THIS MIGHT BE FUN AND DIFFERENT!

Aspen Crossing - Not on the river but 20-30 minutes to ramps. Appears to be a nice campground with cool caboose cabins and 2 restaurants. 

Riverbend Campground -  Located in Okotoks, AB again about 20-30 minutes to Bow ramps. Located on the Sheep River. 

Foothills Lions Campground - Located in Black Diamond, AB again on the Sheep River. 30-40 minutes from Bow River ramps. May need a Good Sam's Membership ($27/year).

You guys may really like this. Sheep & Highwood River info. Both are right there. Also ALL of these little towns south of Calgary have few motels and rooms go quickly even for next summer after Labor Day. 

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