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November 2011

Today at Jimmy’s 11/30

We got a new tying product in that is really fun! Its the Fly Enhancer Rubber Legs. These are a silicone rubber leg, which means they will float. This can add a lot of action to your flies under the surface. There has been lots of talk about using these legs in all different types of patterns. Everett is using them for crawdad patterns for Small mouth Bass. I am looking at uses for Steelhead and Streamer flies, also options with my Chernobyl Ants. John Stenersen is going to be tying with them during his Saturday morning demo on the 17th of Dec. He is actually the one who turned us on to this new product from Hareline…Thanks John!

As you can see there are many different color options. I took some of the more natural subdue colors and added them to a simple little bugger I like to tie.

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Henry’s Fork 11-26-2011

The  river below Ashton Dam remains a bit discolored, but streamer patterns are working for those hardy souls getting out on the river.  Browns are migrating, and rainbows are stocking up for winter.   As we said on the South Fork report, pitching streamer patterns while moving around to find water where fish hole up helps keep one relatively warm. Yes, the river has good days for top water midging, too. On the upper river (check road conditions before going) snow from a foot or two to much more makes it tougher to get to Box Canyon or the Tubs to pitch streamers.

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South Fork 11-26-2011

Tim’s advice given in the 11-15-2011 report for the South Fork still holds good. Perhaps the most comfortable fishing now is pitching streamers because  constant casting helps keep you warm.  Tim is right: wading to sweet spots is less demanding in cold weather than all the messin’ around with getting  that boat in and out of the water, being out on the river with wind, and the risk of a storm coming in and having to get off the river, collecting everything, and getting it back on the road to home.  So consider wading to those great locations while being dressed accordingly.  It’s also a good idea to check with the USFS or BLM to learn road conditions on the lesser traveled roads along the river.

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Big Lost River 11-26-201

It’s a cold time of year in Big Lost River country, so dress accordingly if you plan to fish there.  During cloudy days some good BWO emergences remain, other than that most top water fishing is for trout taking midges. Small  (#16-20) bead head nymphs of your choice also work.  With flows below Mackay Dam at 200 cfs, water is ideal for wading, but sure is cold.

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Still Water 11-26-2011

Springfield is a convenient place to fish this time of year. Of all local reservoirs roads to it are most likely in good condition , and it does not ice over until late December or early January. Some years it never ices over completely.  Springfield was recently stocked with cookie cutter ‘bows running 14-18″.  They are not the prettiest fish in the world, nor are they real vigorous, but they are eager. Try small streamers, small prince nymphs with and without beads, small fly rod jigs, midge pupa under an indicator, scud patterns, or woolly buggers.

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Today at Jimmy’s 11/22

I am going to take a break from our layering conversation for just a moment to feature a new fly box that we are carrying right now.

This is the Meiho Box. They come in 3 different sizes and come as a deep or shallow box. These are basically a extremely improved Plano box. You have removable dividers that allow you to choose the size of your individual compartment inside the box. I personally am in the process of switching to these boxes right now. When I got all my midges organized into a box I did the ultimate test. I shook the hell out of it. Than I gave it to my 2 year old daughter and told her to shake it up. Not one fly moved from its original compartment. Amazing right? The reason this doesn’t happen is because the lid to these boxes closes with a locking latch. This eliminates any space for small flies to travel from one compartment to the next.

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Today at Jimmy’s 11/17

Layering is all about options and finding what works for you, however layering under your Waders and Wading Jacket is just as important as having a fly rod when you go fishing.Last post I was discussing “next to skin” options with the Simms Merino Wool top and bottom. Today I want to feature 2 synthetic options that fall into this “next to skin” category.

Simms has a product called the Waderwick Crew Neck and the Waderwick Bottom.  They are made with 100% Polyester, which is a fantastic synthetic material. Polyester does not absorb water it also regulates your body temperature by trapping heat. In warm weather it is extremely breathable and wicking moisture from the skin.

We also carry a product from Patagonia. Patagonia has been in the forefront for developing and producing this type of product for layering. Patagonia produces a product called Capilene. Capilene is the product that is often imitated and never quite duplicated. Pretty much all other outdoor companies that produce long underwear us Capilene as a model. Patagonia produces 3 levels of capilene and we carry the Cap 2 Zip Neck and Cap 2 bottoms in both Men’s and Woman’s styles.This is a product I have used for many years, long before I was working for Jimmy at the shop. I have used it for all types of outdoor activities from Snowboarding, hunting and now fishing.

Both products are very good and an essential pieces for any fisherman. Come into the shop and we can help you find whats right for you. The next post on this topic will be some more heavier options for layering. I am hoping to put together a video at the end of this subject that should pull everything together.

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Today at Jimmy’s 11/15

We have got a few new items in the shop I would like to share with you all. With the weather getting cold it becomes really important to start layering your clothing under your waders and wading jacket. All three of the clothing companies we sell here at the shop Simms, Patagonia, and Redington have really good pieces for layering.Over the next few weeks I am going to be outlining what layering is and how to do it. I meet people all the time still wearing jeans under their waders. Not only is this uncomfortable but if you fall in and get wet the cotton will pull body heat from you making you much colder.

Today I am going to spotlight some Simms clothing that is essential to keeping you warm while out in the weather and fishing this time of year through the winter.

Simms has come out with a new line of what we call “next to skin” clothing or “long underwear.” It is a Merino wool top and bottom. Wool has always been a great layering piece for cold weather mostly because it still keeps you warm and traps body heat when its wet. However when we think of wool we don’t think of comfort, especially when it is next to our skin. Merino wool is a more refined softer type of wool that is very comfortable as a next to skin piece and surprisingly breathes fairly well. The Simms DownUnder Merino baselayer comes in a zip neck top and an elastic waist bottom.

The next piece I would like to feature is the Simms Waderwick Fleece Top. Fleece is the next piece of clothing I put on after my “next to skin” garment when layering up to go fishing. Fleece is an incredible peice of material. It is soft on the skin, retains heat and breathes extremely well. Also when fleece gets wet only 3% of the material will absorb water. Ever notice when you wash fleece and pull it out of the washing machine it already feels dry? Simms has been producing the Waderwick Fleece Top for many years, its a must for any fisherman in cold weather or during the nights and early mornings of summer.

The Simms Waderwick Fleece Top comes in Simms Orange (pictured) and Black.

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South Fork 11/15

Flows have remained steady at 3,700 cfs. I don’t see this changing for awhile. Lots of wading access to the river this time of year with the low flows. Once the snow starts flying the boat ramps will out be of commission, and its probably a good idea to just leave the boat at home and wade to the sweet spots. Fish those holes and spots during the warmest part of the day for the best action. Look for fish feeding in the foam lines, back eddies, and the slow moving water in tail outs of riffles. Midges are still hatching and fish can be caught on the surface. Nymphing is really catching lots of fish and so is the streamer.  Streamer fishing will slow down as the weather continues to get colder.

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