Monthly Archives: March 2014

South Fork 3-28-14

Just a quick note about the flows. The Post Register had an article in Thursday’s paper quoting the Bureau of Reclamation about flows on the South Fork. The Bureau said that the flows were increased several times this week with the last increase coming this morning. Today’s increase brings the river to 2130 cfs which is still a low level. Wading is still very easy.

The water will be very clear again in a day or so and the fishing should continue to be good. Just keep using the same patterns mentioned in the earlier posts.

Upcoming Events 3-26-14


Classes – Fly Casting



Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th, 2014


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We are excited to host a two handed rod class with instructors Mike McCune and Whitney Gould. Both are well known in the two handed world and will be in Idaho Falls in mid May to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for this style of casting.

The class is directed at the beginning to intermediate level caster. The class will cover a variety of casts, line tapers, and familiarize you with a lot of the terminology. Mike and Whitney will teach you which cast is the best based on wind direction, casting room and which side of the river you are fishing from.

We recommend bringing your own tackle however tackle will be available for anyone who does not have a two handed outfit. We’ll be in the water (shallow wading) so hip or chest waders are needed.

There are two dates to choose from: Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th. Both classes will start at 9 am and continue into the afternoon with a break for lunch. Class location is on the Snake river near Idaho Falls. Class size is limited to 6 casters to ensure as much individual instruction from Mike and Whitney.

Class fee is $200.00 per student and includes lunch. Please call the shop to reserve a space or if you have any additional questions.



Look for schedule of this class to be posted later in the year.

Below are some particulars that will apply to it.

LOCATION: Tautphaus Park near the Fountains, from 6:30 -8:30pm.

  •  FEE: $20 Fee per student per session.FOUR STUDENTS PER CLASS

Contact the shop (208-524-7160, [email protected]) to enroll and for more information.

South Fork 3-26-14

The flow on the south fork has increased some this week. It has risen from 900 cfs to 1512 cfs. The increases could slow the fishing for a day but overall the water conditions should be good for a couple of more weeks.

We have had some very good fishing with a pair of tungsten midges in the deep slow pools. On most days there is a good hatch of midges and we have been using a Harrop’s gray Fluttering midge on the top. In the slow deep pools use a full sinking line with a streamer of your choice.

All of the ramps are open with the exception of Cottonwood/Fullmer which is closed until the access road above the closed sign is officially opened next month sometime by the Forest Service.  The water levels at the ramps are good except at Spring Creek where you have to winch your boat a short distance over the gravel at the end of the ramp.



Still Waters 3-25-14

Ice is pretty much gone from Chesterfield Reservoir, and countryside is free of snow.  Not much information is currently available on how it is fishing, but early season techniques are the best bet.  That means leech and bugger patterns and anything resembling a dragonfly nymph.  Your favorite midge pupa pattern under an indicator is always an option.  Hawkins Reservoir is also a location to consider. Same thing; try early season techniques.  Daniels Reservoir is ice free, but getting there from Hawkins Reservoir (Dairy Creek Road) is not certain, but going north out of Malad City works.

Main Stem Snake River 3/22/14

BuRec is raising flows out of American Falls Dam. Right now flow at the downstream Neely gage is about 1200 cfs, making river there a bit more than a foot higher. Proposed increases upcoming include up to 1800 cfs on Monday (3/24) and up to 3600 cfs on Wed (3/26). The river above American Falls Reservoir is lower than normal making for good wading access. Presenting streamers during low light conditions is a good way to encounter large trout here.

Small Streams 3-22-14

The lower end of the Blackfoot River Road is passable meaning part of the lower Blackfoot River is accessible. Private land is present here, and the far (south) bank of the river is on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.  But there are state and BLM lands where access to the river is available. What is the best way to find which land is open to river access?  Go to the Idaho Falls Visitor’s Center, 425 N. Capitol Ave., and purchase, then study BLM maps of the area.  Currently low flow is present here.  Midge life cycle patterns, your favorite bead head nymphs in smaller sizes, and small streamers will get you into action once you reach the river.

Henry’s Fork 3-20-14

The Henry’s Fork is fishing really well right now. Streamers are the ticket in evenings, early mornings, and under low light conditions . BWOs are beginning to show up in good numbers, and midges seem to be emerging always. Try your favorite rubberleg pattern presented close to the bottom and under an indicator

Today at Jimmy’s 3-20-14

Just a quick reminder to everyone that the East Idaho Fly Tying Expo is coming up on the 25th and 26th of April. A full list of workshops is now up on the expo’s website for you to view. We take care of sign-ups for all workshops so give us a call to get set up or with any questions you may have.

We also have tickets for F3T that is coming up on Friday April 25th. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.


Small Streams 3/15/14

The catch and release season applies to many small streams in our area. Check current regulations to see which.  Now that winter is about over, access to many of these waters is freeing up. So before run-off gets going big time, consider visiting some of those open to catch and release fishing.   You are sure to find a better measure of solitude than on our more popular waters.