Fly fishing is one of my favorite avocations. But while I'm an avid fly fisherman, I wouldn't describe myself as an extremely successful one, at least in terms of the number of fish I catch most of the time I'm on the water. To quote a line from Jimmy Buffett, "I've had good days, and bad days, and goin' half mad days." That describes my fishing experiences pretty well.
But while I don't always catch as many fish as I'd like, that's only part of the reason I fish. Fly fishing is a sport that offers solitude, as well as companionship if you're fishing with someone you enjoy spending a day on the water with. The number of fish you catch isn't necessarily the defining element of a good day fishing. And trout live in some of the most beautiful places in the world. Just spending some time in an area where there is good trout habitat is refreshing in its own right. Catching some nice fish is a bonus. And since I believe in catch-and-release fishing, when I release a nice fish, there's always a chance that I can catch it again on another day.
If you're interested in fly fishing, you might like to check some of the following sites related to the sport.
First, there's my local organization,
the Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited
To visit the
Fly Tying Club Website
For information related to Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington waters, you might try my old fly fishing club, the Clearwater Flycasters
Federation of Fly Fishers
There are numerous web sites related to fly fishing, including several maintained by tackle companies or other commercial interests. You can find a few of their URL's on the Clearwater Flycasters' Home Page. A few other sites that may be of interest to you are listed below:
these sites, nor does their inclusion in this list
in any way constitute an endorsement (by me, or any
organization I may be associated with) or, for
that matter, attest to their quality--
|Angler Guide -- Fishing Reports, Available by State|
|Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo|
|Midwest Flyfishing Online|
|Dakota Angler and Outfitter:|
Fly Shop of the Black Hills
|Blue Ribbon Flies|
Where to stop when you're in the West Yellowstone area
Virtual Flyshop, Fly Fisherman's |
|The Women's Flyfishing Homepage|
|Fly Anglers Online|
|The Fly Shop, Redding, CA|
|State Agencies in the Northwest:|
|"USGS Current Water Data for the Nation"
(Current streamflow data for selected rivers)
To reach my