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Saturday, January 25th Fly Tying Demo with Scott Sanchez

Scott Sanchez again

Scott Sanchez began tying flies at age 12. As a youth in Utah he offered his first of many fly tying workshops. He has worked in the fly fishing industry for decades, and is now the manager of JD High Country Outfitters in Jackson. He is also a member of the Scott Rods Pro Staff. Scott has written articles and sold photos internationally, and his photos have won regional and national awards.  His books include Introduction to Salt Water Fly Tying, The Never Ending Stream, and A New Generation of Trout Flies.  In 2007, he received the Arnold Gingrich Lifetime Achievement Award for literature from the Fly Fishers International and in 2010 he was their recipient of the Buz Busek award for contributions to the fly tying world. Scott has been a featured guide on national TV programs. He is considered one of the most innovative fly tiers in the world. During the annual Jackson Hole One Fly he is in high demand for his ultimately effective flies. He has decades of experience fishing around the world but especially in the Greater Yellowstone area. It has been nearly a decade since Scott’s last tying demo at Jimmy’s. At the upcoming demo he will likely offer new patterns he has created since that event.

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Saturday, January 18th Fly Tying Demo with Tom Hipp

Tom's Two Beauties

Tom comes from the upper region of South Carolina.  He is an electrical engineer at the INL where he has worked for 32 years.  He has been blessed to fish some of the premier streams in the world.  These include the Eglington, Brooks, Matura, Bow, and Naknek.  However, the local rivers and lakes of Idaho and Montana offer some of the most fascinating opportunities.  He will gladly share some of the simple patterns and techniques that have proven very effective for him and his wife, Susan.  The audience can express interest in whether they would like to see an 8” articulated leach or a #24 baetis.  Typically, Susan and Tom fish #16s to #24s on local waters.

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Saturday, January 11th Fly Tying Demo with Mike Glissmeyer

Mike Gliss.

Michael Glissmeyer grew up in a little town called Pine Valley, Utah.  He lived just minutes from the reservoir and spent every chance he had riding his bike with his fly rod gripped over the handle bars up the 4 mile road to chase trout. It wasn’t long before he wanted to follow his father into the world of fly tying.  At ten years old he had started selling flies at the local lodge.  A few renegades, damsel patterns, and woolly buggers were stuck into a piece of paper titled “Pine Valley Reservoir flies”.  A few years later he moved with his family to Southeast Idaho and the rivers he grew up fishing on family vacations.  A lot has changed since those days on the reservoir but his passion for the sport remains the same.  Michael has what some may call an “addiction” to tying and throwing big streamers which has become his main tying focus.  He has demonstrated his tying skills at events including the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo and that popular evening get-together called Tie One On. He also does fly-fishing destination presentations based on his broad experience fishing regional waters. Mike currently resides in Idaho Falls with his wife and daughter and you can find him running Idaho Fishing Outfitters Shop on Highway 20 just north of Rigby.

 

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South Fork 12-28-19

You have likely noticed the lack of our fishing reports on this river and on other regional waters. The main reason is because of “Old Man Winter.”  Certainly there will be some bluebird days when getting out on the river to enjoy fish responding to midge or diminishing BWO activity or a well-placed streamer or rubber leg pattern is attractive. But when the air temp plummets, the wind blows, or an atmospheric inversion takes place, tying flies for that upcoming nicer season seems more attractive.

One thing that is favorable for the later season is that flow out of Palisades Dam has been around 1200-1300 cfs so far the winter.  That’s better than the  earlier predicted 900 cfs and results in “not too bad” flows around 1600-1700 cfs at Heise. With Palisades Reservoir at about 85% of capacity it could be that flows remain at this level through the winter in order to fill downstream American Falls Reservoir and make room for what so far looks like an average run-off.

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Saturday, January 4th Fly Tying Demo with Todd Lanning

Todd L.

Todd grew up on a farm in Melba, Idaho and learned at age nine to fly fish from his grandfather.  He spent almost every summer as a kid with his aunt and uncle in Hamilton, Montana on the banks of the Bitterroot River.  Here he fell in love with Rocky Mountain fly fishing.  Todd served his country with the Marines; beginning soon after high school.    He is a veteran of the Gulf War, Somalia, and the L.A. Riots.  Todd returned to Idaho after his service and took a guiding job for Headwater Outfitters in Ketchum, Idaho.  Years ago Todd spent two years managing the fishing department at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Idaho Falls where he was responsible for one million dollars in inventory.  Next he managed at South Fork Outfitters. Having worked for Mile Lawson at Henry’s Fork Anglers for over a decade is a dream come true and gives Todd further detailed expertise on fishing not only the Henry’s Fork but all quality regional waters. This array of experience, along with many years as a fly tier,  make Todd able to demonstrate and suggest flies for all seasons on local waters.  He is in demand to demonstrate his fly tying skills and to present his experiences on regional waters at fly-fishing events throughout the country.  During his demo Todd will surely have new patterns since his last demo at Jimmy’s in 2015.

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Saturday, December 28th Fly Tying Demo with Shawn Bostic

Bostic

Shawn is a retired Naval officer who tied his first flies on the mess decks of a fast attract submarine. He is a self-taught fly tier who originally developed his tying skills to support his love for fishing while deployed around the world. He is a “broad spectrum tier” covering everything from tiny midges to large Salt water streamers. He is primarily a still water fisherman who targets everything from bass to high mountain trout. Shawn’s extensive creativity and meticulous attention to detail are reflected in his unique tying style and patterns. For the last few years Shawn has been focused on finding ways to incorporate newer materials into flies in ways that create simple and highly effective patterns. It has been a few years since his last demo at Jimmy’s, so he has many new patterns and creative uses of materials to share.

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Upcoming Events: 2020 Special Topics Classes

2020 Special Topics Classes with John Stenersen

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John will be teaching the following classes for intermediate level fly tiers at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler this winter .

Looking for someone to help you “get over a fly tying hump,”or you want to learn the flies that John fishes?  Then these classes are for you. Each class offers two to four patterns with required materials supplied, except thread.   Each class, limited to  five students, has  a cost of $25.00.  Students must bring a fly tying vise,  tying thread (black in 6/0 and heavier for large flies),  standard tools,  and a bobbin.  These items are also available at Jimmy’s.  Classes will run 6:00 PM to 8.00 PM, Thursdays at Jimmy’s.

January 16th: Large Dries

a. Adult  Salmon Fly

b. Chernobyl Ant

c. Grasshopper

d. Crane Fly

January 30th: Small Dries 

a. CFO Spinner

b. Extended Body Drake

c. CFO Ant

d. Adult Damsel

February 13th: Deadly Nymph Patterns for Streams and Still Waters

a. Super Flash

b. Stonefly

c. Damselfly

February 20th: Profile Streamer Patterns

a.  Two unnamed patterns, each for a different fishing situation

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South Fork 12-10-19

Flow out of Palisades Dam was upped to 1250 cfs a week ago today from around 1000 cfs. It is uncertain if 1250 cfs will be the winter flow, but if it were it would benefit the fishery.   A good number of walk-in wade locations remain, but weather determines how pleasant fishing will be this time of year. If you  give it a try be sure to have rubberleg and streamer patterns in your fly box.

 

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Saturday, December 21st Fly Tying Demo with Buddy Shaw

Buddy Shaw and Friend

Buddy Shaw is a fly fisherman and fly tyer from Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he lives with

his wife and three children. Buddy grew up fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River, the

Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, The lower Blackfoot River, and the many small streams and

creeks surrounding the Idaho Falls area. Buddy has also spent a considerable amount of time

fly fishing Idaho’s and Washington’s Steelhead rivers. Buddy ties everything from small dry flies

and nymphs to large streamers and terrestrial patterns. Buddy tied at the 2019 Eastern Idaho

Fly Tying Expo. This will be his first tying demo at Jimmy’s.

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