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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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Saturday, December 14th Fly Tying Demo with Gary Barnes

Gary and friend

Born and raised in Eastern Idaho on the banks of the beautiful South Fork reach of the Snake River, that is where Gary Barnes passion for fly fishing began.  He started fishing and exploring the South Fork reach at the age of six which evolved into a passion of tying flies starting in his early teenage years. Living near the river by Ririe, he fishes and knows it better than most folks out there.  Gary’s South Fork experience and observations, and those on numerous other waters he frequents, have made him a superb tier, much coming from being self-taught.  Because of this, he reveals some very unique and innovative methods and patterns that catch many different fish species.  Gary’s productive patterns have resulted in invitations to demonstrate many of his techniques at shows and conclaves.  He has fly tying demos at shops and at shows including Eastern Idaho’s Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo, Western Idaho’s Tying Expo, Washington State’s The Fly Fishing Show, The Northwest Fly Tyer and Fly Fishing Expo, Western Colorado’s Conclave as well as other numerous FFI Conclaves, and has been a featured tier in Ireland.  Now associated with LOOP Tackle and Semperfli. Gary is also part of the Daiichi and Semperfli pro staffs. Some of Gary’s patterns can be found in various fly fishing books (Modern Terrestrials, Trout Country Flies, Flies for the Greater Yellowstone Area and  various magazine articles).  His focus on tying ranges from trout nymphs and dries, meaty streamers, steelhead flies, as well as saltwater patterns.  He prides himself in classic Atlantic Salmon flies dressed with traditional materials and even forges and makes his own hooks

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Saturday, December 7th Fly Tying Demo with Chris Williams

Chris Wms

Chris Williams, is a retired teacher who has been a fly tier and fisherman for over 50 years. Through his numerous regional fly fishing excursions he has created many different and effective fly patterns. Largely self taught, he ties all manners of trout flies, but specializes in dries and emergers for spring creeks, tail waters, and still waters.Chris is a long time Pro Team member of Whiting Farms and a member of Moonlit Fly Fishing’s Pro Staff. He has written articles for Fly Fusion Magazine, contributed flies to a number of books, and writes a quarterly column for the Whiting Farms Newsletter. Chris also has demonstrated and taught fly tying and classes at expos throughout the northwest for many years. Amongst these are the Eastern Idaho Fly Fishing Expo in Idaho Falls and the Western Oregon Fly Fishing Expo in Albany, Oregon. In addition, he markets a line of flies which are distributed and sold commercially. This will be Chris’s third tying demo at Jimmy’s, and he is looking forward to renewing old friendships, making some new ones, and sharing some of the flies and fly tying techniques he’s learned

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Saturday, November 30th Fly Tying Demo with Ben Swaner

 

Ben Swaner

In 1997 at the age of 10, Ben Swaner moved to Idaho and quickly became interested in fly fishing while his family established roots in area. He vividly remembers catching his first large trout in the Coffee Pot rapids section of Henry’s Fork and meeting Pat Bennett (creator of the Pat’s Rubberlegs) through a family friend one summer while visiting Island Park. While attending College at Utah State University, Ben took his first fly tying class using a kit his grandfather had gifted him several years earlier. Fly tying quickly became the perfect fusion of artistic expression and utility for him. He has been fortunate to live in and travel to locations with exceptional fishing opportunities across the west including Alaska.

Ben recently moved back to Idaho Falls with his family and has enjoyed reconnecting with all of the fisheries he visited as a youth. Most recently Ben’s fishing and fly tying inspiration has been focused on European style nymphing. He has gravitated to this approach because of its simplicity and effectiveness in catching fish. His demo will feature nymph patterns that he has found to be effective in targeting trout in our local and regional waters.

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