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  1. It would be fair to say ....

    ... that this observation really missed the mark.

    Here's an 11-6-15 accidentally recorded catch and release of a bull trout taken on the ( foam body ) elk hair FEB O.C. that I just ran across this...
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    Forgot to mention :( The zonker strips shown...

    Forgot to mention :(

    The zonker strips shown might seem to be too short for a PSC. But you can do the PSC in sections - tie in a short piece for the tail and mid-body, then, after the rear of...
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    Jeff - Thanks for posting the link to the PSC....

    Jeff -

    Thanks for posting the link to the PSC.

    I haven't done a lot of streamer fishing this year, but I did today, in Northern Idaho. Temps in the low to mid thirties, snow flurries on and...
  4. Took a little time ...

    ... and it wasn't really so much "damage" as "effect".

    There was a significant amount of rain on the Bitterroot last weekend that raised the streamflows from about 400 CFS to over 4,000 CFS in not...
  5. Not quite that simple

    Karen -

    We had a lot of smoke for several weeks, but with the dry weather none of the actual fire residue washed down into the river.

    The big fires in 2013 are another matter. Something like...
  6. Just to make the point ...

    ... I went out today and fished a PSC for several hours - in a cold, steady rain with a bit of breeze.

    Result was one 14" bull trout and one 18" bull trout - along with 25 cutthroat ranging from...
  7. Hmmmmmm ...

    My home water is not a place to fish for bull trout. There are usually some throughout the system but it seems the larger ones are much lower down than I usually fish, and maybe into the Clearwater...
  8. Deja vue ...

    ... all over again, kind of.

    This morning I tied this version of an FEB October Caddis. Except it was on a size 8 hook; very light blond elk rump hair was substituted for deer; and the legs were...
  9. Thread: P. B. N.

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    P. B. N.

    ... as in Plain Brown Nymph. Those are the smaller of the simple little things in the pic.

    http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj218/jfs_photo/Flies/PA050001_zpsd6e43a38.jpg

    I first tied this...
  10. Thread: S. L. T.

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    S. L. T.

    ... as in Simple Little Thing.

    For a good part of the day lately, the fishies have been more than happy to dine on an October Caddis pattern. But in mid-afternoon, when a mixed PMD and BWO...
  11. Thread: Gold ...

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    Gold ...

    ... is where you find it.

    Decided to do some prospecting.

    ( The following photos form a rough "panaroma" of the search area. )

    http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj218/jfs_photo/2013 General...
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    Paddled around for a while ...

    ... in a rented row boat the other day. First time rowing in a long time.

    Enjoyed the exercise and the scenery at Swift Current Lake at Glacier National Park.

    The following five pix form a...
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    Kudos to the Idaho Fish and Game ...

    ... White Sand Satellite.

    Last year they pretty much met their goal of 840 Chinook Salmon returning to their "home" at Walton Creek just below the confluence of Colt Killed Creek and Crooked Fork...
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    Shades of '07 ...

    ... in the Intermountain West and Northern Rockies ??

    '07 was a brutal year for fishes and fisheries in this neck of the woods. It got hot in the early Spring and just got hotter and hotter...
  15. Thread: Marble Trout

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    Marble Trout

    Can you spell Slovenia ??

    Hint, I spelled it correctly.

    Can you spell Idrijca River ??

    Hint, I spelled it correctly.

    Can you spell ...
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    Fujifilm FinePix XP60

    Happened to see one of these for the first time today. An acquaintance had just returned from guiding a fly angling trip to Slovenia and showed me some of the pix he took with this camera.

    I was...
  17. Thread: For Rent ...

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    For Rent ...

    ... two waterfront October Caddis units on scenic Northern Idaho freestone river.

    http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj218/jfs_photo/Bugs/P6070001_edited_zpsfd21c50c.jpg

    Actually, these are not...
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    Green Drakes ...

    ... will be out and about shortly, if they have not already made the scene.

    Duck's Green Drake was a breakthrough original for me last year that served me well on my home water for over two months...
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    Golden Stones, Hoppers, and such ...

    ... are all in the near future on the freestone streams and rivers I fish in the Intermountain West and Northern Rockies.

    For the past several years, an FEB Golden Stone / Hopper ...
    ...
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    Are you up for this ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wSWY0Mq3zFU

    John
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    Hot spot on the Lochsa - Mile Marker 114

    Follow the link for some action from this past weekend.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSWY0Mq3zFU

    John
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    Playing Tag ...

    Last summer I decided to finally start fishing flies without hooks...

    http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj218/jfs_photo/Flies/P5050001.jpg

    ... and / or tied on hooks without points ...
    ...
  23. Thread: C. B. C. ...

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    C. B. C. ...

    ... as in Caddis By Committee.

    I didn't have much occasion to fish smaller caddis patterns last year, but I'm hoping I'll have more opportunities this year.

    So here is a new, yet untested...
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    Hotspotting ...

    ... is a term that came up on a thread on the Fishing Reports Forum.

    It was used in reference to simply identifying by name a 50 mile long river that is well known in Western Montana ( and...
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    Drift, drag, and getting agitated ...

    http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj218/jfs_photo/General/P5180001_edited_zps390f928a.jpg

    http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj218/jfs_photo/General/P5180002_edited_zps0b65a4e3.jpg

    The above...
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