Hey everybody, it has been a while since today at Jimmy’s has been updated, but with things starting back up in the shop look for a lot more updates on this page. First off for those who don’t know, we have started our free fly tying demonstrations that will be held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dave Brackett tied this past week and did an awesome job, this week we have Dennie Edwards tying who is back by popular demand. Dennie ties some great flies so be sure to come check him out this Saturday.
Second, we are starting to see some new product trickle in from various manufacturers and there is some seriously good stuff showing up. Today I wanted to highlight a new product from Simms. The new shirt is the GT Tri-comp long sleeve fishing shirt. This is a HI-Tech shirt and Simms has pulled out all the stops on this piece. The Gt top perfectly blends the traditional button up fishing shirt with the newer performance fishing shirts and manages to make it look good in the process. This will be THE shirt for summer fishing or any saltwater destination trip you may be planning to get you through the winter. This shirt caught our eye at the IFTD in Las Vegas this year and even brought home a few awards from the show. Here is a little more information on this great new shirt by Simms
Double your haul and row for broke in Simms’ GT Tricomp LS shirt, with Action-back patterning for flexibility across a range of fishing motions. Born at the junction of supreme fit meets fully-loaded fishing function, shirt architecture includes patterned, knit-activated stretch coupled with quick-drying, rugged UPF50 nylon fabric. Mapped knit panels deliver sun-shielding COR3™ protection and the temperature-regulating comfort of advanced Cool Control™ tech, while two laser cut-welded, zippered chest pockets are fly box compatible. Source the sunglasses chamois conveniently located at the shirt’s hem for enhanced focus at all times.
- Durable nylon fabric is quick-dry and wicking and knit panels feature Simms’ COR3™ technology & Cool Control™
- Two laser-cut & welded, zippered chest pockets
- Sunglass chamois at hem & cording tab for securing tools
- Lightweight, low-profile plastic snaps at front placket
- “Action back” patterning for easy rowing & casting
FABRIC TECH:100% Nylon; Knit (sleeve): 72% Polyester/23% Nylon/5% spandex; Knit (underarm & side panel):100% Polyester; Stretch Woven Pockets: 85% Nylon/5% Spandex; COR3™ & Cool Control™ fabric technology
This meeting at 6:00 PM, Tuesday December 10th, in the Pocatello City Council Chambers, 911 North 7th Avenue (across from Uncle Jim’s Restaurant parking area) will discuss water management policies for the Snake River below American Falls Dam. Representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and other agencies will participate. If you have concern for the fishery in this reach of the river, this meeting offers a chance to learn more of future management policies and offer thoughts.
Weather and road conditions will now limit access to many back country streams. However many more easily accessed streams will be open during the catch and release season in the Upper Snake Region. Consult current IDF&G regulations to learn which streams are open during this season.
The lake is iced over for the season, but the ice is not yet strong enough to support much weight. So bring not only your ice fishing gear but all the caution you possess.
In the minds of so many fly-fishers the Snake River from the Henry’s Fork confluence downstream to American Falls Reservoir takes a back seat to the South Fork reach (Palisades Dam to the Henry’s Fork confluence and to the Henry’s Fork. Perhaps it is because the best fishing on the main stem is very seasonal and also because access to the river is more limited because of the vast expanse of private land through which it flows. Best fishing is seasonal mainly because when the irrigation season begins water to satisfy demands makes successful fly-fishing more difficult to come by. High and fluctuating flows during that season make wading more dangerous than in many area waters and can also influence boating. Nevertheless success can be found at certain locations. BWOs and PMDs can be seen emerging in season, and when flows begin to drop and stabilize around Labor Day a legendary snowflake dun emergence begins on the river. It is heaviest from just below Blackfoot down to the reservoir. In August when waters are almost always high a hexagenia emergence takes place from certain locations along the river. Silt is required as nymph habitat for this giant mayfly. One location where this is present in quantity is the river bed going through Idaho Falls. Specifically this habitat is above the power plant diversion forming the still water just above the Broadway Street Bridge up to the John’s Hole Bridge. Another good habitat location is in Gem Lake a few miles below town. Hexes emerge in the evening and during nighttime. Some of them find their way to building fronts in town, and it is comical when a puzzled fly-fisher comes during morning into the shop holding one and wondering “what the h— is this? Do PMDs get this big?” So yes, there are mayfly seasons on the main stem, and there also are numerous caddisfly, yellow sallies, and midges emerging almost year round. Best time for the BWOs is early in the season before irrigation water takes over, then later after it is mostly gone. During these times BWOs can be seen just about anywhere on the river. Same with midges and caddisflies. So when low waters come around and overcast or storms prevail a BWO experience from walk-in wading at select locations can rival those on the South Fork and Henry’s Fork
One fact that many fly-fisher find tough to accept is that there are more truly large fish in the main stem Snake River than in the South Fork reach or the entire Henry’s Fork. And the best way to encounter these is through presenting streamer patterns (sink tip lines, short stout leaders, and seven to eight weight systems). This is true even during high water times, but then such as fast sink tip lines are necessities. Even lead core lines to get down in calmer sections can work. Yes it was caught through using bait, but the state record rainbow trout came from the river below Tilden Bridge, and bait fisherman take double figure poundage browns and rainbows year round. In years gone by, cutthroat trout this size were common in the river. For the fly-fisher the best time to encounter the large trout this part of the river offers is from the end of irrigation season through winter and on until irrigation season begins. Much of the river can be safely waded, and fish are concentrated relative to during the high water season. At these times, as always when fly-fishing, presentation trumps fly pattern selection. Have bright and somber patterns in the fly box. Expect best fishing during low light conditions, and when bright sunlight prevails, seek parts of the river out of direct light. Locations during low water are aplenty, and the best way to make a selection is to come to the shop and discuss “where to fish” with us.
Henry’s Lake froze over not too long ago, but the warmer weather thawed it. So there is open water, but the lake has a history of freezing over for good around the twentieth of this month. Thinking of fishing there? Better hurry!
Fly tying demos are scheduled from November 23rd to the first Saturday in January. Go to the fly tying demo page of our web site to see who is tying when.
Bad weather usually means better fishing on Henry’s Lake. Cold temperatures and wind with strong possibility of snow will be the norm, so bundle up. When we have a night with no wind accompanied by very low air temperatures, the lake could ice over just about any time this month. For now best fishing seems to be with intermediate lines to present small leech patterns and small fly rod jigs just about anywhere on the lake.
Top water action (BWOs and midges) has slowed a bit on the lower river. When skies cloud up, the best way for action is to present streamers. Early and late in the day will be the best times to give them a try cloudy skies or not. Flows throughout the lower river are somewhat lower than normal, so there are plenty of good locations for wading. Some of the best streamer fishing on the upper river can be enjoyed in Box Canyon where flow out of Island Park Dam is just under 100 cfs. Thankfully Buffalo River adds another 200 cfs. If you enjoy presenting streamer patterns other great locations are “The Tubs” area above Macks Inn and below Coffee Pot Rapids. It is getting close to winter in Island Park, so dress accordingly!
Flow out of Palisades Dam is 1250 cfs. At Heise flow is up to 1700 cfs. It is time for presenting streamers anywhere on the river as browns are migrating to spawning areas. Wading conditions are at their best. During overcast days like today expect good BWO activity just about anywhere on the river. It is cold out there, and water temps are getting into the low 40s and high 30s in degrees F. So dress accordingly.