South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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December 2013

Today at Jimmy’s 12-20-13

For all you out there are looking for something to do tomorrow, we have a full day of events going on here at the shop. First in the morning from 10 A.M.- 1 P.M., we will have Tim Tollet from Frontier Anglers out of Dillon in the shop tying some of his specialty patterns. Tim is a great tier and will have some awesome patterns/techniques to show you!

Second, we have our very own Bruce Staples signing copies of his new book “Flies for the Greater Yellowstone Area” in the shop from 12 P.M.- 5 P.M. This is a great book and copies have been flying out of the shop since we received our first shipment. Tomorrow will be the best opportunity to buy your own book and have Bruce sign one for you so don’t miss out!



Today at Jimmy’s 12-18-13

Sage has always been one of the go to rod companies for saltwater fly fishing and with their newest rod, the MOTIVE, that tradition continues. The MOTIVE is was introduced this last summer and provides fisherman with a high performance saltwater rod at a lower price then the popular XI3. Many of us do not get to fish saltwater as much as we would like so a rod like the MOTIVE makes more sense for people not wanting to break the bank. We have cast the 8 and 10wt rods in the store and they are awesome! To be honest, its tough to tell this rod apart from some of the higher end sticks. For those of you that don’t plan to be fishing saltwater anytime soon, this rod will be an excellent streamer rod! The MOTIVE is available in 8-12wt and retails for $425.00, you really can’t beat this rod in that price range. So, if you have some spare time, come down and check this rod out, you will be impressed!


The all-new MOTIVE saltwater rods are ideal for seasoned saltwater fans looking to complement their rod arsenal, and fly fishers new to the salt who want to experience the many hard-fighting species without breaking the bank. Constructed of time-proven materials and embodying Sage’s immense saltwater experience, the MOTIVE features a powerful but smooth fast action that loads quickly to deliver heavy saltwater flies with the accuracy the sport demands. Light and responsive, you feel connected to your line for ultimate control over a full day of enjoyable casting. Yep, it’s safe to say the salt has attracted another convert.


  • Saltwater series
  • Fast action
  • New, unique taper design
  • Bluefin Blue color blank
  • Blue primary thread wraps with Royal Blue and Black trim wraps
  • Aluminum reel seat with hidden hook keepers
  • Full-wells grip
  • Blue Steel divided ballistic nylon rod tube with divided liner


Today at Jimmy’s 12/15/13

I know most of you have probably finished up most of your Christmas shopping, but for those still looking for some good ideas we have an awesome new wading boot from Korker’s called the Devils Canyon, that would would fit the bill perfectly. The Devils Canyon uses the same Boa lace system that Korker’s is known for and is extremely light for such a feature packed boot. This boot does not have the traditional clunky styling that you typically have with wading boots, instead it has a more stream-lined hiking boot look to it. I would highly encourage anybody looking for a new pair of wading boots to come check out the Devils Canyon, I know I will be fishing in a pair next season!


Here are some additional tech specs on the boot from Korkers

An incredibly light boot, fits like a glove and delivers athletic and agile performance.

  • OmniTrax® Interchangeable Sole System adapts your traction to any fishing condition.
  •  M2 Boa® lacing system quick on/off and custom fit.
  •  Hydrophobic materials faster dry times lessen the 
chance of spreading invasive species.
  •  Durability enhanced midsole, rubberized anti-abrasion synthetic material, reduced seams, recessed triple-stitched uppers and molded toe cap.
  •  Drainage integrated, large drainage ports and internal drainage channels.
  •  Comfort unique stretch upper cuff provides athletic, glove-like fit.
  • 3 lbs 2 oz

Today at Jimmy’s 12/13/13

Today we have something very exciting to tell you guys about. We now have our very own Bruce Staples’ new book Flies for the Greater Yellowstone Area in the shop and on our online store! This is a great book and will be an awesome resource for those looking for productive patterns for the entire area. I highly encourage you to come down and check out this book, you will not be disappointed.  Also, Bruce is willing and happy to sign copies of his book for you, just let us know what you would like and he will customize a message for you.

Bruce will be doing a book signing during the fly tying demo held on the 21st of December. This will run from 10 A.M. to 1 P.M.




South Fork General Winter Report 12-7-13

The South Fork is fishing really well right now and should continue to do so all through the winter when weather permits. We will continue to update the fishing report as things change but here is a good general report for the river in the coming months. The river is flowing 1,200 cfs out of the dam and that means there is great wade fishing access throughout the system. For now, you can still float but we recommend sticking to shorter floats to maximize your time out on the water. Both Nymphing and Streamer fishing have been producing well lately, with nymphing being your best option. As far as nymphing, egg patterns, zebra midges, small rubberlegs, and other small attractor nymphs are all good bets. For streamer fishing, small clouser minnows, sculpzillas, bellyache minnows, etc.. would all be good choices. As the river continues to cool down, try fishing streamer patterns in the deep, slow water of the river with a fast sinking sink tip or even a full sink line. Midges are about the only thing that can provide dry fly fishing this time of year, but sometimes the midge fishing can be spectacular. Make sure and have an assortment of small midge patterns both nymphs and dries whenever you head out this time of year.

As always, feel free to give us a call at the shop with any questions you may have!