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  1. Headed to Idaho

    Hello to all. This is my first post.

    I am not exactly brand new to fly fishing. I have fished popping bugs for bass off and on for 50 years. I AM new to trout fishing, however. I am planning a trip to the Salmon River in a few days, so I bought a new fly rod a bit more appropriate for the task than my old glass bass rod.

    The outfit that I am taking is not high-dollar -- just decent within my price range. I have a 5 wt 8'6" Sage FLi rod with an inexpensive Ross reel and Rio Grande floating line. I bought a couple of packs of ready made leaders -- 9 foot 3X, and some 3x, 4x, and 5x tippet material. I plan to buy flies in Boise and McCall. Any suggestions on patterns for the Middle Fork in early July?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.


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    I know the Stonefly hatch is probably gone, but I would still try a Girdle Bug, BIG AND BLACK. When I am in new waters in Idaho, I also go with the standards like Haresears, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, and of course COPPER JOHNS! Dries, Elk Hair Caddis! or Goddard.

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    Thanks, Joni. It is good to hear from someone who has been there!

    My wife is a complete newbie, so I had better pick a few that SHE can catch fish on, or my future as a trout fisherman is in jeopardy.


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    p.s. Any guidance on SIZE of fly is also appreciated.


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    The shops up there would be able to help you. On Dries I will fish a 14 to a 20 at times and nymphs in the #12 range.

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