Today’s tying demo featured Shawn Bostic. Shawn did a great job and is another talented tier that Eastern Idaho seems to have more than its share of. The Saturday tying demos will continue through March 31st.
In addition to the demos we are starting starting the beginning fly tying classes next week. One 5 week class begins Thursday January 5th and a second class begins on Tuesday January 10th
After finishing the year end inventory this week we put several clothing items from Simms and Patagonia on the sale rack that are discontinued in 2012. Some of the pieces include Simms short sleeve Tattersall shirts, Cocona long sleeve crew neck shirts and Patagonia Gi II pants.
Finally we want to thank everyone for your support this past year and wish everyone a great new year in 2012!
For Day #5 I wanted to post a item we carry that most of you probably don’t know we have. Its a great gift, or stocking stuffer. Its also reasonably priced at $23.95, so we wont break the bank like the item from yesterdays post.
This is the Palm West Leather Money Clip. We have different styles and colors. Palm West has a great description about the use of money clips so I am going to let them do the talking. You can find this item available at the shop stop by or give us a call if you have questions.
Why go to all this trouble? Because we understand that men’s furnishings reflect the character and standards of their owners.
Just think how often you reach for your bill fold, often in the company of others.
The user friendly design of this Money Clip features two outside card sleeves that hold up to six cards each along with an especially designed spring-clip that holds several bills and fits comfortably in your front or back pocket.
This handsome leather piece will prove its lasting quality by improving with age. Since 1991, over 1.5 million sold.
We stand behind the durability of our leather goods by including an unconditional guarantee against any defects in material or craftsmanship for one full year of normal use; the especially designed Spring-Clip caries a full replacement guarantee for the life of the Money Clip.
Flows have dropped to 3,000 cfs. The river is in really good shape and fishing should be good this winter. Flows are a little high for being able to get around wade fishing like you might have experienced in the past few years. However there are plenty of spots to wade fish and the river is extremely accessible through wade fishing.
Picking the right day is crucial this time of year for finding success and keeping your sanity in regards to guides freezing up. Watch weather reports pick cloudy and warm days that reach temperatures above freezing. Also keep in mind that fishing during the warmest part of the day will be the most effective. Midges will hatch on the surface but finding fish eating on the surface will be hit and miss. Nymphing with smaller rubberlegs and tungsten bead head nymphs will allow you to get down and in front of the fish’s face. The fish are not that picky when it comes to nymphs most small bead heads will work. Zebra Midges, pheasant tails and lighting bugs are very effective. Streamer fishing also takes a big slow down this time of year. I prefer to swing them with a small twitch or a extremely slow retrieve.
As I have mentioned before floating the river will become hard to do as we continue to get more snow and the boat ramps will not be maintained in regards to snow removal. However we have not had much snow yet this winter so the majority of the ramps are still open. The road to Cottonwood boat ramp is supposed to be closed as of Dec. 1st. and will reopen in May sometime. If you do float, short floats will take all day with the decreased flows on the river.
As always feel free to come visit or call the shop and we can answer any questions and try to help you catch some fish this winter.
I believe we are on Day #4 of our 12 gifts for the Holidays buying guide. So today is no different than the last three days expect this is going to be the highest priced item on the 12 day list.
Allow me to introduce you to the Sage One. This is the replacement for the Z-Axis and oh boy is it a dandy of a fly rod. Sage has been able to produce this rod so that it is light, stronger and has a consistent feel of the line through the entire rod. Sage classifies this rod as their “all around”. I had the oppertunity to fish with this rod over the summer for an entire week. I was impressed with its ability to throw large Dry flies, heavy nymph rigs, and also present a size 18 PMD with the finest of presentation. Speaking from first hand experience this truly is an all around fly rod.
Sage has been able to cut weight through the new Konnetic technology. They have also been able to shave weight through the use of new hardware from the cork handle to the tip top guide. This rod would be a home run for any angler on your list…I promise.
Day #3 of our Holiday gift guide. Today I want to feature a new reel company we have brought into the shop.
Nautilus Reels are produced in Florida and have been at the forefront of the Saltwater reel market for a few years now. They make a very high end high quality reel that puts the tested tried and true Tibor reels a run for their money. We have brought in their new trout reel.
The Nautilus FWX is a fully machined reel with a sealed drag system and comes at a price point of $250. This reel is saltwater safe and to compare other reels in terms of quality, workmanship and features you would looking to spend a least another $100. These reels come in three sizes, 3/4wt, 5/6wt and a 7/8wt. Available in a silver or black finish.
It’s day number 2 of our Holiday gift guide. Today I want to feature something a little more expensive but is such a great piece of equipment. It the Patagonia Down Sweater.
Ultralight and windproof, the Down Sweater features warm, highly compressible down insulation and can be worn as an outer or midlayer in cold climates. I have used this piece for layering under my wading jacket but I prefer to wear it as jacket during the cold days. I wore this jacket most mornings fishing in October and November.
Well, it’s that time of year again when I start the Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler 12 Gifts for the Holidays Post. What I do is go through the shop pick out 12 items that I think would make great gift ideas for the Holiday season. All gifts range from tackle to clothing to fishing accessories. Hopefully this will make your shopping season a little easier.
For day 1 lets start off with something fairly simple. This makes an awesome stocking stuffer and keeps any angler warm while fishing. We have these great Simms and Montana Fly Stainless Steel Flasks. We have many in different fish type designs allowing you to choose your favorite species you chase on the fly.
Fishing season closed November 30th on the Ashton Dam to Vernon Bridge reach and will not re-open until Memorial Day, 2012. The river below Ashton Dam has cleared significantly, and fishing has been good (streamers, small bead head nymphs, and midge life cycle patterns) downstream of the Vernon Bridge. Access along the river is not impeded much by snow amounts.
Now for some information that will help you plan fishing on the lower river next season. First, Ashton Reservoir will be refilled during the winter, but depending on run off conditions, the reservoir will be drawn down for the final time in late May, 2012. Next, turbine issues at the Chester Dam mean that the rubber bladder on top of the dam will not be installed until fall, 2012 at the earliest. This means water levels, and fish and insect activity in the Chester Dam backwaters and immediately above will be subject to run-off and weather conditions alone. This delay also impacts full use of the dam’s new fish ladder.
Flows have remained steady at 3,500 cfs. This is the lowest we should see the flows for the majority of the winter. Right now they seem to be matching outflow with the inflow of the reservoir. We can’t see any reason for that to change any time soon.
Fishing has continued to hold steady and people are catching fish on dry flies. Midges have been hatching in decent numbers on the warmer days. I like to tie on a parachute Adams as an indicator dry fly and tie the midge behind it. Often times you will find the fish also eating your larger indicator fly. Nymphing is also working very well. Rubberlegs in a size 6 or 8. Tie a dropper about 24 inches below your rubberleg. Any bead head should do I prefer zebra midges and Blue wing olive nymphs this time of year. With the flows at this level there is plenty of wading access on the river as well. You can still float the river right now but as we continue to get more snow through the winter; the boat ramps will become snowed in and unusable.
Today I am going to continue talking about Layering in cold weather under your waders. I have featured 2 “Today at Jimmy” posts about this subject. Find them by clicking on Day 1 and Day 2.
I have talked about the next to skin pieces and one Fleece piece. Today I want to feature 2 products from Patagonia. These pieces are typically worn as a layer over your next to skin clothing, or as outerwear on certain days.
The Patagonia R1 series is probably the best pieces of fleece produced period. Patagonia has developed a grid pattern fleece that is highly compressible and wicks moisture like nothing I have ever used before. Come into the shop and I can show you a demonstration of it’s moisture wicking power. The R1 pullover is a slim fit so if you like a little room in your fleece pieces I would advise you buy a size larger than your normal size.
The next item is the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket. This is a jacket that can also be used in many different types of applications. I like to wear mine as a jacket, but it is also small enough to wear under my wading jacket and I don’t feel like I am over dressed. This jacket is windproof and water resistant. It is filled with a synthetic material called Prima-loft which makes it highly compressible but is very warm. A great thing about Prima-loft is it keeps you warm when it is wet and does not absorb moisture.
I personally own this piece in the pullover version and have used it for over a year now. I would not think of going on any outdoor trip without this piece of clothing. It is warm and it’s lightweight, which has proven useful on colder days rowing a drift boat for clients or relaxing around a campfire.