Duck Valley

Posted in General on February 22, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho

Our annual trip to Duck Valley is April 18th. For those who have never been, it’s a lot of fun. Fishing is great but the weather can be unpredictable. Tent camping can be a challenge to say the least. If you plan on going, camp spots are filling up, so I suggest you call the Owyhee ACE Hardware soon to make campground reservations. If you don’t need electricity or water hook ups, reservations are not needed and you can camp in one of the many open spaces. The phone number for the hardware store is 775-7572305.
I am staying Wednesday April 15 and will depart on Monday April 20th. I will be in Space 11, Don and Don will be in Space 14 and will be there the 15th thru the 19th.
Come for the 18th or stay for a few days and join the fun. If you have any questions, email me or give me a call. You can also visit

Gene Eberhardt

New Entry, Knots

Posted in General on February 21, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho

Hello all i will be showcasing a new knot every month until we run out. This month entry is a new find but has been around for a while it’s called the Davy Knot invented by Davy Wotton a British Fly Fishing pro. Here is the breakdown as easy as it gets this is my new go to knot.  Enjoy D.S.


Chinook Salmon Fisheries Meeting, New Fish and Game office Nampa

Posted in General on February 4, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho

Hello All, there are a few updates I wanted to provide. Firstly, I wanted to direct your attention to some really cool habitat restoration videos that our agency recently put together highlighting some great partnerships and work being done across the state to enhance fish habitat. The first two installments of those can be found at the links below and a third installment is pending.  Look for the third installment on our website soon.

Click on link at bottom page

Part 1: River Restoration Series: Partnerships essential in restoring fish habitat

Part 2: River Restoration Series: Engineering, heavy equipment renew habitat for Idaho’s fish


Also, I’ve attached a news release outlining some upcoming public meetings relating to Chinook Salmon fisheries on the South Fork Salmon River. For those in the Treasure Valley that are interested, there will be a public meeting at the new IDFG Southwest Regional office (15950 N Gate Blvd, Nampa) on Tuesday, February 25th at 5:30 PM. This will not only be a great opportunity to hear about Chinook fishing on the SF Salmon, but also get updates on many of the other important fisheries in the region including Cascade, CJ Strike, and the Boise River. It will also be a great opportunity for you to meet and interact with your regional fisheries staff.


I enjoyed meeting and chatting with many of you at the recent Western Idaho Fly Expo. It’s always great to chat in-person.


Finally, many of you might recall that in my last email I mentioned pending updates on our 2019 field work. All that data is currently being compiled and summarized and I look forward to sharing more of that with you in the coming months.




John Cassinelli

Regional Fisheries Manager

IDFG Region 3 Office

15950 N. Gate Blvd.

Nampa, ID 83687


News Release SFSR Chinook rule scoping meeting 2020

FFI Sportsman Show Volunteers

Posted in General on February 4, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho


FFI members

It’s  time to complete the list for booth workers at the show.  The show is March 5-8th.  That’s Thursday and Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, Saturday from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.   It typically takes 3-4 people to work the crowd plus 2 more to give people a break occasionally.  We have a good start as far as headcount but do need more help on the following days/shifts.  Thurs: 5:00 – 9:00 PM – Need 2-3 more,   Saturday 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM- Need 3-4 more.  Saturday 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM- Need 3-4 more.  Saturday 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM- Need 4-5 more.  Sunday 11:00- 3:00 PM- Need 3-4 more.  Note: If you have already signed up

You DO NOT need to reply.   If you would like to volunteer now, respond to this email with your Name/Day and Time that you can work.  We will have access to a few free passes so typically you can get in for nothing.  If you can Tie Flies during your  shift please put a TF after your name.

Our purpose is to talk to people about our organization, invite them to a meeting and/or sign them up as members. We also want to call attention to our Raffle Items and SELL TICKETS.

Note: I am still waiting to hear back from Spectra Productions about us (FFI) doing a seminar.  So, if we are

going to do someting, we will need 4-6 additional folks during the time assigned to us.  I will be

at the next regular meeting (THURSDAY  FEB. 20th)  with updates on things.  SOOOO… sign up now and avoid the rush.   Thanks for you’re participation.  Brad Strawn


Hayspur Hatchery News

Posted in General on January 17, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho



Hayspur sign 10

As many of you know we at (FFI) have continued to upgrade the
campground and clean up Loving Creek over the years. Last years
effort was to provide and help install additional fire rings at the
campground, restore a sign, and stream work. Plans this year will
include more of the same. Joe and Brad are currently
working on the large sign that points to the Hatchery/
Campground off Highway 20. We determined that the old
sign was too rotten to repair so we are building a replacement. Special thanks to Joe Kotts and Brad Strawn on some fine wood working skills this was way over the top and should last the rest of our lifetimes, well done. D.S.


Cabin Fever Reliever

Posted in General on January 17, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho

Kids First Cast, Inc is holding a “Cabin Fever Reliever”. It is the 8th year of this event, that is primarily focused on outdoor activities for kids. Last year the event had approximately 3500 kids.

For the second year, I will be introducing fly fishing for the kids. I will bring some practice fly rods and hoops for the kids to cast into. Anyone who wishes to help, is more than welcome. Not only do the kids love trying to cast, they have a million questions.

The event is Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10 am to 5pm. The Event is held at the Caldwell Events Center, 2207 Blaine St., Caldwell, ID 83605.

This event will primarily held inside, except for some vehicles and boats on display outside. The events include Archery, Casting, Fly Tying, Hunter Safety, Fast Pitch, Water Safety, Martial Arts and many more topics. It is a fun event for kids of all ages. For further information see

If there are any questions, please let me know.


Whitefish Ed,this months speaker

Posted in General on January 13, 2020 by flyfishersofidaho

Hello all as written in the previous post Whitefish will be our speaker this month he is the author of  The Chronicles of the Henry Fork if you are interested in purchasing a copy he is discounting the price from $50 down to $40 and donating $10.00 to FFI. Please bring cash or have a pay pal account at the ready. Thanks Ed look forward to your presentation.Don’t forget your dues this month and bring flies for the big fish which will be used at the Sportsman show in March. Thanks D.S.