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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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Guides, if you need clients, also submit
your contact information. Thanks,

October 7, 2017

Dear Todd,

The Moyie originates in BC, Canada and flows through the Moyie Lake in the town of Moyie, BC. The problem with the river in the summer is simple......READ ON
March 29, 2017

Went to White river for a weekend trip 2 weeks ago and had a good time.  I thought of you while I was there.

I found a quiet spot on the river and thought about when we first went to the bighorn. You're a great guy and true sportsman.  I remember watching you so effortlessly making perfect casts and thought about how I wished I could fish that good.  Well.....

July 15, 2016
I and two of my friends were considering a trip for a week of fishing on the Moyie. I grew up in Wallace, Idaho but had never heard of the Moyie until this last spring. Since none of us has any experience with the river/area any advice ..... We have been told that there is a grizzly problem ..... Also we would be wade fishing and was told the river is a tough one to do this on..... READ ON
June 13, 2016

TO ALL IDAHO FLY FISHING MEMBERS: Summer is here. Fly fishing has begun now that the waters have somewhat receded. Spent a few days last week on the St. Joe. More on that later. Our Joe trip is coming up in August and for all the dates are arriving Wednesday 8/17, fish 8/18-8/20 and depart on Sunday 8/21. 

Devon L. -- ............................ READ ON

January 21, 2016
Courtesy of: Guide (Fly Fishing) Louis Cloutier (info@elkriver.ca ) 

June 29, 2015
Lower Kootenai Advice from and Idaho Fly Fisher - Recent email from reader.

Kootenai River Valley above Bonners Ferry, ID
Subject: Re: Lower Kootenai Advice
Dear YSF, We haven't met but a few years back I read a few of your posts and decided to get a pontoon raft to increase my local fishing opportunities. I did the St.Joe twice and the North Fork (of the) CDA several times and loved it. I've scouted out the lower Kootenai and would love to do it but have struggled with the logistics. It seems best to put in at the Yaak and pull out at the Twin Rivers Resort. It seems the resort has the take out pretty well sewed up. Any advice how to make this work?
DP ..... READ ON
 March 9, 2015
Dear JW, You are not located that close to the action at Stoneridge, but I can make some suggestions. Probably the best would be for native redband rainbow.....READ ON

January 27, 2015

Dear Travis, The Bull, Kootenai and Moyie revisited. READ ON.

January 19, 2015

MLK email from IDFFA member and local area fly fishing guide extraordinaire.
Dear YSF,
We had a wonderfully Lucky trip down the CDA River on January 19, 2015. We found a bunch of nice fish. The water is high and muddy so it takes a little magic to get them to hit the streamer patterns.. The local rivers are fishing well ... Book now for spring and summer months...
Will send the photos your way (when available). 
Randy Dingman
Happy New Year YellowStoneFly,

Dec 19th with a small break in the bitter cold made it up to the Cda River for some late season cold weather fishing. To see if I could use your advice ..... 

Hello.  I would like to share a photo or two of some good 17 inch fish I found while floating November 1st on the Coeur d’Alene River in northern Idaho..... Men, women and children can all enjoy the fight of these wild local cutthroat, which are catchable year round and are mighty fighters and in very good numbers......
 It is a great blessing to share my passion with others from the 8 year old little boy I had to carry on my back out to a gravel bar to the 77 year old angler, whom I also guided, that has been fly fishing Idaho longer than I have been alive......
Well all good things must come to an end. Our RV trip throughout the West has come to an end after two months and three days, 5230 miles and a lot of gasoline. We traveled through Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho then back into Montana.....

Submitted by Idaho Fly Fishers Association member RV. 

October 2, 2013 - The Kootenai River, Montana 21" September Bow

Our thanks to Dave Blackburn of Kootenai Angler for this great photo submission.

Click Here for Kootenai Angler
June 11, 2013 - The St. Regis River, Montana

Dear YellowStoneFly,

After morning meeting with all afternoon to myself  (my better half was at work) I drove over to St.Regis, MT. With every intention of fishing the Clark Fork (quite stained and running hard), I decided instead on the St. Regis River.  I found myself on the St. Regis River,..... 

Submitted by Randy Dingman at ROW Adventures.
June 3, 2013 - The Big Hole, Montana

Dear YellowStoneFly,

Just had a great trip to the Big Hole, MT-- I will fill you in on the trip.

Started out Wednesday left about 8 am and went to Idaho Falls to pick up a new guide boat for Nick Slomski head guide at ROW. The Clackacraft factory was our destination. We needed to get there by 5 pm closing time. Made it fine, traded out boats and headed north to Dillon, MT (Madison county the fly fishing capital). Heavy rain for days sent every river in the region into heavy flows......

Submitted by Randy Dingman at ROW Adventures.
Dear Idaho Anlger,

Have you heard any reports from Kelly Creek?  With low snow pack and low spring flows I am thinking about making a trip over to the St Joe and wondered about Kelly.  From what I've read, it sounds like the northern Idaho rivers are running more like June.  That's certainly true of our Washington rivers.  I may head over to the Joe on Monday. I'm assuming the fishing may be better lowered down.


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