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December 2010

Today at Jimmy’s 12/16

I think we are at Day #5 for our “12 Gifts for the Holiday Season.” Today we are going to feature Nets. We have a great selection of Nets in the shop. We have Measure nets, that have a ruler in the bag allowing the angler to always be honest. Seriously though lets be honest no angler really is 100% truthful. Anyway lets get back on topic; Nets we have everything from beautiful wooden nets, to beat em’ up metal boat nets. We also carry Brodin Nets and they are just absolutely gorgeous.

Brodin Canoe Series Ghost Net

Smaller wading version of the Measure Net

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Today at Jimmy’s 12/15

Going to keep this thing going and kick off gift #4.

Snake River Fly Fishing Through the Eyes of an Angler, by Boots Allen makes the list today. This is the first publication on the Snake River. This book is a Fly Fishing guide to the Snake River and the South Fork which includes information on the trout, patterns, tactics and the people.

This book is a must for any angler in the Eastern Idaho region.

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Today at Jimmy’s 12/14

This is gift number 3! This gift I am really excited about because I think its the coolest thing since sliced bread. The Sumo Car Mount that is now available here at the shop is the Premiere Rod Mount system for carrying your rods from hole to hole by vehicle. There have been other rod mounts but this one by far is the best.

Check out this YouTube Video!

If that video doesn’t convince you nothing I am going to say will. This great piece of equipment retails for $150.00

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Springfield Reservoir 12-11-10

Our still waters are pretty much iced over now.  Springfield Reservoir is the exception.  Springs at the west end keep this part of it ice free though winter.  The east end ices over.  On nice weekend days the open water becomes quite crowded with anglers trying to remedy cabin fever.  During nice week days the open water is not so crowded.  Pontoon or hard sided boating are the most comfortable ways of fishing here as waters are typically in the high & mid forties in degrees F.   True, most ‘bows present are 16-20″ individuals from recent IDF&G plants, but some very large hold-overs are present.  These are worthy opponents, and the easy access at Springfield makes a great alternative for a trophy during winter time.  These big guys forage on the abundant chub minnows in the reservoir.  Presenting midge pupa and small leech patterns also offer a chance to encounter these fish.

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South Fork 12/8

Word on the street is Midges have been hatching in good numbers on the river. Fish are up and eating them as well. I was up in Swan Valley a few days ago searching for the Family Christmas Tree noticed fish rising in the river. Unfortunately all I had in the truck was a shotgun and a saw. With this warmer weather the fish will be more active. Look for them in the slow moving water and the deep holes along the foam lines.

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Today at Jimmy’s 12/8

Alright here is day #2 for our holiday promotion, “Jimmy’s 12 Gifts for the Holiday Season.” Today’s gift is another great stocking stuffer for the Gentleman who enjoys the finer things in life. The Simms Flask. We have two different styles and sizes.

The Simms Artist Series Flask

  • The “Artist Series” Simms Flask features Derek DeYoung Brown Trout fish artwork
  • Stainless steel
  • 6 oz. flask
  • Made in the USA
  • $29.95
The Simms Solid Flask
  • The solid Simms Flask features rubberized exterior finish and Simms Trout
  • Stainless steel
  • 8 oz. flask
  • Made in the USA
  • $24.95

These are really nice high quality flasks. As always if you have any questions or want something different than the items we have mentioned here just stop on by and we are always will to help you out.

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Today at Jimmys 12/6

Remember last year around this time I did a promotion to help you all with Holiday gifts for the season. Well I am kicking it off again this year. So here we go!

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler 12 gifts for the Holiday’s! This year we have an awesome selection of gifts/stocking stuffer’s  for the fly angler in your life.(Guys I am doing this for your wives and loved ones so make sure you give them the link!) We will be featuring 12 gifts from now until a few days before Christmas.

Today’s gift is a simple inexpensive item that we think is a no brainer for the Holidays. Allow me to introduce you to the Simms Early Riser Mug.

The Early Riser Mug is a coffee mug for any angler, featuring the DeYoung art work.This mug also features a rubber gasket on the lid to prevent spills in the truck and on you!

  • The “Artist Series” mug is the newest addition to the Simms “Artist Series” of products, features Derek DeYoung fish artwork
  • The Simms Camo mug features our own unique Simms Trout camo pattern
  • 450ml Stainless steel tumbler mug
  • $24.95

Also the Simms 1 Litter Water Bottle

This 33 once water bottle is made of aluminum and is BPA free. Trow it in the boat, clip it to your fishing vest or you pack. This is a great water bottle to carry your favorite drink in.

  • Offered in “Artist Series” and Simms Camo artwork
  • BPA-free aluminum
  • 33 ounce capacity
  • Includes carabiner for easy attachment and an extra drinking cap
  • Fits in the water bottle pockets on the Simms Headwaters™ Bags & Packs
  • The Artist Series bottle features Derek DeYoung Tarpon fish art
  • $29.95

Keep posted to the website for the next 11 Days! If you noticed I did 2 items today but they are kinda the same type of item, and I’m running this program so I can do what I want…right? As always if you have any questions call the shop and stop in we have many other great items as well that unfortunately we wont be able to feature during this promotion.

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Henry’s Fork 12/2

Well the time has come and I have to finely except that fact that it is winter and we probably will not see temps above 50 degrees till spring. So its time for our annual winter fishing report:

Winter fishing is always a good time to go be alone on the river and have a great chance at hooking some really nice fish. However there are a few things that will help you be a little more successful on your winter outings.

Choose the right day, you will want to fish on days when the temperature is going to be above freezing, or somewhat close to it. There is only a few hours in during the day that the temperature peaks this is the time when you want to be casting a fly. Usually it is between 1-3pm. Sunny days doesn’t necessarily mean it will be warm, cloud cover can keep the temperature above freezing and allow midges to hatch.

Leave you boat at home. You don’t have enough time to launch and float. Also none of the boat ramps get plowed int he winter so most of them are closed. There is plenty of water to fish while wading. The fish concentrate in deep holeswith slow moving water in the winter time its much easier to just walk in to fish.

Nymphs like a rubberleg and a zebra midge, Dry Fly Midges, and small streamers presented with very very slow movement will give you the best opportunity to catch fish. Trout beads and other glo bug imitations under an indicator work as well.

Fish with a friend and always be prepared for the worst situation. I always have extra clothes with me in case I fall in, and always let someone know where you will be fishing and when you plan to return. Winter time water temps will give you hypothermia in a matter of minute. Having the ability to get wet clothes off your body and put dry clothes on will save your life. Extra food, blankets and other basic survival needs are smart in case you get stuck for a few hours or the evening.

We will post updated fishing reports throughout the winter when we think it might be a good time to get out or if there is going to be a major change int he weather. unfortunately the techniques and flies to use don’t change the entire winter, so you will not see fishing reports as often as you would during the Spring, Summer and Fall. As always you can call the shop and we will fill you in on any questions you have.

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South Fork 12/2

Well the time has come and I have to except the fact that it is winter and we probably will not see temps above 50 degrees till spring. So its time for our annual winter fishing report:

Winter fishing is always a good time to be on the river and have a great chance at hooking some really nice fish.he river is hardly busy and one can find solitude very easily this time of year. However there are a few things that will help you be a little more successful and safe on your winter outings.

Choose the right day, you will want to fish on days when the temperature is going to be above freezing, or somewhat close to it. There is only a few hours  during the day that the temperature peaks, this is the time when you want to be casting a fly. Usually it is between 1-3pm. Sunny days don’t necessarily mean it will be warm, cloud cover can keep the temperature above freezing and allow midges to hatch.

Leave you boat at home. You don’t have enough time to launch and float. Also none of the boat ramps get plowed in the winter so most of them are closed. There is plenty of water to fish while wading. The fish concentrate in deep holes with slow moving water in the winter time, its much easier to just walk in to fish.

Nymphs, like a rubberleg and a zebra midge, Dry Fly Midges, and small streamers presented with very very slow movement will give you the best opportunity to catch fish. Trout beads and other glo bug imitations under an indicator work as well.

Fish with a friend and always be prepared for the worst situation. I always have extra clothes with me in case I fall in, and always let someone know where you will be fishing and when you plan to return. Winter time water temps will give you hypothermia in a matter of minute. Having the ability to get wet clothes off your body and put dry clothes on will save your life. Extra food, blankets and other basic survival needs are smart in case you get stuck for a few hours or the evening.

We will post updated fishing reports throughout the winter when we think it might be a good time to get out or if there is going to be a major change int he weather. unfortunately the techniques and flies to use don’t change the entire winter, so you will not see fishing reports as often as you would during the Spring, Summer and Fall. As always you can call the shop and we will fill you in on any questions you have.

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