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Old 03-08-2010, 10:04 AM
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Default Easy flies for Idaho spring?

Does anyone have some recommendations for some fairly easy patterns for early spring in SE Idaho? My son and I are just starting out on learning to tie. To be honest I think at this stage he's more interested in tying flies than in fishingthem, he tends to want to break out the spinning rigs when we get to the water. Thus far he's been tying wooly buggers and hare's ears for practice.

We'll mainly be fishing a small lake/pond that's regularly stocked. It's spring fed, so hasn't been iced over.
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Tie up some Wooly Worms. Gills and Bass love em.
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I wish I knew where to get gills around here. Nothing beats gills on a 3 weight. Used to catch tons of them on little foam ants back in Indiana. Out here though, it's trout. I know, I know, we all have our cross to bear.

Will wooly worms work on pond trout?
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You betcha! they will catch trout. Just posted in another thread where they were asking about 'the first fly you caught a fysh on'

I see your in s/w Idaho. Where abouts?
I'm in northern Utah and spend a fair amount of time in your area. Usually fishing the Southfork or Henry's Fork. We have a few members from your area also.
I also see your from Indiana. I was born there(Lafayette)and moved west when I was 9 years old.

Condie and Twin Lakes still have gills as far as I know.
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Default Re: Easy flies for Idaho spring?

SE Idaho actually, Pocatello. I hear there's gills in Chesterfield reservoir, but didn't find them the one time I went out. We tend to fish Crystal Springs pond, because everyone catches fish there. It's also a real blast to get out in an inflatable kayak with ultralight spin gear and rooster tails. They love those.

My son's just getting old enough to appreciate that there's more to a fishing trip than catching fish. So we may spend some time on the Portneuf river or Toponce creek. I'm also harboring a dream of getting to a lake a little ways into the Sawtooths this summer. But for now I suspect we'll stick with the pond, at least until it gets warmer.

Any thoughts on what might work besides woolies? I was thinking about maybe some hare's ears and adams.

Oh, I went to grad school at Indiana University. First started fly fishing there. There's a little lake nearby that has tons of gills and a few small bass. I used to spend evenings catching gills. Was pretty wonderful.
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Default Re: Easy flies for Idaho spring?

Pokie. Been there a few times.

The area your in has more tiny lakes and ponds than our National Deficit has 'zero's'. Ok, maybe not quite that many. lol!
Are you familiar with Twin Lakes, or Condie?

Chesterfield is on the rebound and doing very well from what I hear. It once had some HUGE Browns in it.

I think Hare's ear Nymphs, Prince Nymphs, PT Nymphs, Damsel Fly Nymphs, or Soft Hackle wets will catch a ton of fysh in these waters. Once the warmer season gets here don't forget your dry damsel imitations. The Calibaetis hatches can be epic so the Adam's you mentioned is a must have fly. I like them in a para pattern, usually #12-16.
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Default Re: Easy flies for Idaho spring?

I know where Twin Lakes is, but haven't been there. No idea about Condie.
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Same area, maybe less than 10 miles away.
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Default Re: Easy flies for Idaho spring?

I'll look for it. In the meantime I'm trying to get the hang of wooly worms. Is the tail the only difference between a wooly bugger and a wooly worm?

I can see I'm going to need a stronger pair of glasses for this...
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Default Re: Easy flies for Idaho spring?

Yes, that's the only difference.
I always liked a tail made from some red yarn, single or double strand, (depending on size) and cut fairly short.
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