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Warmer Weather Coming

Last night was like a hurricane, and today was freezing cold; but there is warmer weather on the way, and the fishing is  getting to be good. We have had some really solid reports come into the shop lately, and the fishing on the rivers seems to be picking up. I heave been hearing solid reports from both the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork. People seem to be catching nice fish in both places; so if you have some free-time this weekend, the Henry’s Fork and South Fork might be good bets for getting into some good fishing. If you are looking for a place to take the youngsters or family, Birch Creek is a safe bet. I have talked to several people recently who have fished the creek and had success. Wherever you find yourself out on the water this weekend, we hope you enjoy the warmer weather. There is much more of it coming and we are looking forward to the fishing it will usher in.

Chase Owen taking advantage of a sunny day to catch some crappie.

Chase Owen taking advantage of a sunny day to catch some crappie.

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RiverSmith Rod Carriers

If you are looking for a nice rod carrier for your vehicle, RiverSmith has you covered. Here at the shop we have recently started to carry the RiverSmith River Quiver, which includes rod carriers for the roof of your vehicle in both the 2-banger and 4-banger models. These rod carriers are good looking, durable, and are sure to keep your rods safe as you travel to the river. If you are looking for an easier and more convenient way to carry your rods, come check out the RiverSmith River Quiver.

https://riversmith.com

The options  we carry are listed below:

RiverSmith River Quiver

2 Banger Fly Rod Roof Rack $429.99

2 Banger Fly Rod Roof Rack (back) $489.99

2 Banger Fly Rod Roof Rack (sage) $489.99

 

4 Banger Fly Rod Roof Rack $639.99

4 Banger Fly Rod Roof Rack (black) $719.99

4 Banger Fly Rod Roof Rack (sage) $719.99

RiverSmith Rod Quiver

RiverSmith Rod Quiver

 

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New Simms Waders

New to the Simms wader lineup is the Flyweight Wader and Guide Classic Wader. Both of these waders are super nice, and use innovative materials to make your fishing experience even better. We offer the Flyweight and Guide Classic Waders here at the shop, so if you are interested in getting a new pair of waders, come down and try on a pair; you definitely won’t be disappointed. If you are interested in learning more about these two waders, I will provide a link to the Simms’ website where you can read up on the specs for each wader. Just click the link above the picture of the wader you are interested in and read away.

https://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/mens/waders/flyweight-stockingfoot

Simms Flyweight Wader

https://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/mens/waders/guide-classic-stockingfoot

Simms Guide Classic Wader

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Photos of Friends

One thing I love about fishing is that I get to share it with good friends. Unfortunately, I don’t see many of my fishing friends this time of year. Most of them are either working or going to school, which leaves little time for spring fishing. However, as spring fades into summer and the temps start to rise, my friends finish semesters, and take vacations from work. It is during the summer months that I am surrounded by good friends who share a common love and enthusiasm for fishing.

This spring and summer, I hope all of us will be able to get together with friends both old and new to enjoy some quality fishing; the fishing season is upon us, and what better way to spend it than in the company of good friends. With the arrival of spring, and in anticipation of summer, I wanted to share some photos of the people who make fishing enjoyable for me. Even when the fishing isn’t good or the conditions aren’t ideal, these people always seem to put a smile on my face. I hope you enjoy.

Even retired bankers can catch fish. Marty McLellan with a nice rainbow.

Even retired bankers can catch fish. Marty McLellan with a nice rainbow.

Harrison Clement finds a nice surprise in small water.

Harrison Clement finds a nice surprise in small water.

Parker Stenersen knows how to catch the Beaverhead browns.

Parker Stenersen knows how to catch the Beaverhead browns.

Chase Owen floatin' and ropin' on the Henry's Fork. / Photo: Parker Stenersen

Chase Owen floatin’ and ropin’ on the Henry’s Fork. / Photo: Parker Stenersen

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Today at Jimmy’s March 9th, 2021

It’s Just Around the Corner

We bet you’ve heard the words in the above title a time or two recently! Also, it’s been a windy winter, both politically and seasonally.  But within a matter of days we will advance into springtime. Expect the usual transition weather period which varies yearly.  But with increasing daylight hours and warmth, fly fishing will come out of essential hibernation for most of us.  True, a few hearty souls braved winters extremes to be on the water, but “Just Around the Corner” is that for which most of us have been waiting.  If you are new to the area, here is an overview of what to expect as the season progresses, if you are a long-time resident, what you have been anticipating is about to arrive.

It begins with midge activity on streams that remain open year-round and those for which the catch and release season applies. It’s mainly limited to lowland water because most higher elevation waters remain snow bound or iced over and secondary roads are yet to open. As daytime lengthen and atmosphere warms, blue wing olive (BWO) and March brown mayflies begin to appear. Streamers become effective in fooling post spawning cutthroat and rainbow trout. Caddis at lower elevation waters begin working their maturing way up the rivers in increasing number to be important salmonid food through the season.  When mid-May arrives major fly fishing events begin. Back country roads begin to open to allow access to an expanded variety of waters including low land still waters.

Now happenings resembling a series of gold rushes begin.  First comes the Henry’s Fork giant and golden stone fly events. Waders and boaters converge to follow “the hatch” up the river from mid May into mid-June. But that is not the only premier angling event happening. Ice usually leaves Henry’s Lake in late May, but Old Man Winter not always cooperates. Cool springtime waters make for excellent fishing on lakes and reservoirs. In mid-May the Montana general season opens. The Yellowstone Park season opens to feature Firehole River fly fishing. So begins the “high season“ for area fly fishing retailers. As the Henry’s Fork stone fly event dwindles, another massive event, the Henry’s Fork mayfly emergence begins. From all corners of the earth fly-fishers converge on the middle river and Island Park to enjoy salmonid responses to drake mayflies, PMDs, BWOs, flavs and types of lesser renown.  Some visiting fly-fishers bring accents of and attempts at the English language that confound understanding. Run-off declines in such as the Teton River drainage, South Fork and Salt River tributaries and still waters attract fly-fishers with damselfly and the beginning of season-long speckled dun activity. Stone fly activity begins on these streams as waters clear and warm. It is the turn for the South Fork and Teton River stone fly events by early July, and the same on the Madison River works its way upstream extending the “high season.”  It continues into July as the South Fork drainage mayfly event expands to last into early autumn and terrestrial insects join caddis flies, mayflies and stone flies as a major salmonid food form on all streams. By now social turmoil on so many waters, much added by floating recreationists, drives many fly-fishers to seek solitude and tranquility. Some turn to lightweight equipment and seek small waters to find these conditions as all secondary roads are open. Fall River Basin in the SW corner of Yellowstone Park, Southwest Montana waters, Big Lost River Copper Basin waters, upper Blackfoot, and Teton River drainages offer relief from icon water crowds (Go to the Articles section of our website to find strategy and character details on many of these waters: so many of them offer more than solitude and tranquility). The August gulper phenomenon takes place on not just Hebgen Lake, but on many of our still waters, and fly fishing success on streams begins to dwindle if one is not equipped to present terrestrial insect patterns.

Late August and September are likely the most pleasant times to be on the water in our area. Insect pests have much diminished, air temperatures have mellowed, most visiting fly-fishers have departed for jobs, school, or family obligations.  Fall colors make carrying a camera a good idea. The fall peak of mayfly activity takes over with early-in-the-day tricos, BWOs, and on some waters the mahogany dun. Early September is a good time to enjoy quality Wyoming waters such as Flat Creek, the Grays, Gros Ventre, and Salt Rivers. By October frosts work their way down in elevation and begin the end of the dry fly season excepting for the hardy midge and BWO activity. Killing frosts will soon dampen terrestrial insect populations to further decrease dry fly fishing.  However, the cooling waters return streamer fishing to its early spring effectiveness as brown trout begin spawning migrations on all waters they occupy.  Presentation particulars  overwhelm pattern selection during these times. Low light and unsettled weather offer the best success opportunities whether the South Fork, Henry’s Fork, main stem Snake River, Lewis, Madison and Beaverhead Rivers and Silver Creek are targeted. But those cooling mornings and chilling breezes suggest that again Old Man Winter is arriving re-establish ice in the guides and reels and to push so many fly-fishers back inside to savor the season that was.

Idaho Falls is the Greater Yellowstone Area’s southwest fly-fishing hub. The town is surrounded by quality waters, still or moving, large or small, and the town offers all services in quality to fly-fishers.  We at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler feel duty bound to capture information that impacts all forms of fly-fishing on area waters throughout the season and relate such to you to help choose which to enjoy at any time. We offer quality fly-fishing items, Idaho, Montana and Yellowstone Park fishing licenses, we maintain our web site fishing report as up to date as possible, and we offer instant information to those visiting Jimmy’s or making email or telecommunication inquiries.

Bruce and the All Seasons Angler Crew

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Put Some Stoke In Your Day

For those of us who love a good fishing film, here is the stoke reel to the 2021 Fly Fishing Film Tour. As always, this years film looks like a good one, and there seems to be no shortage of fishing awesomeness. If you have a minute or two, kick back, relax, and enjoy some high quality stoke.

 

 

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Update From The Shop

For the first time in what seems like awhile, the sun is out and shining today. If it wasn’t so windy it might have even been a great day to hit the water, but with that said, there are plenty of great fishing days ahead. The month of February is flying right by and before you know it, we will be into March and some spring fishing. Those beautiful spring bluebird days where if nothing else, it is just as nice to get outside as it is to fish. Here at the shop, we are looking forward to another amazing fishing season here in Eastern Idaho. Last year was one for the books, and we are extremely grateful for all of the support we received from everyone who stopped by.

Along with the new year, there have also been some new changes here at Jimmy’s. Everet Evans, a.k.a. “Fabio” permanently moved to California where he continues to guide for Mako Sharks and Tuna. We will miss Everet, and we wish him the best of luck on the high seas. With Everet having moved, Josh Clark who just returned from a mission in Mexico, has once again started working in the shop. Josh worked here at Jimmy’s before leaving on his mission and is as excited as ever to be back. When you come into the shop, Josh will most likely be standing behind the register with a smile on his face waiting to greet and help you. Josh is an avid fisherman and fly tier. He is also a really nice person, so don’t hesitate to ask him a question if you need help with any of your fishing needs.

Josh Clark at Shop

Josh in his natural habitat. \ Photo: The author

As for the rest of the staff, Jimmy, Barb, Bruce, Marty, myself, Tom, and even Miss Katie (the cat) are present and accounted for, and ready to help with all things fishing.  Other than Everet leaving and Josh returning, things have remained normal here at the shop. Luckily, everyone has remained healthy and most of us have even been able to sneak in a winter fishing trip or two. Again, we are excited for this upcoming season and we look forward to longer days and warmer weather. These winter days won’t last forever, and those fish filled days are right around the corner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today at Jimmy’s, January 2nd, 2021

Unfortunately we will not offer fly tying and fly casting classes for the foreseeable future. The ongoing virus situation is the reason.  When administration of vaccines reduces infections to a rate acceptable to State of Idaho health authorities to normal social conditions, we will resume these classes.  We regret this announcement, but public safety comes first.

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It’s Time for Season Ending Tasks

Old Man Winter is knocking on our doors, and those “bluebird days” are getting rarer. Soon only the few hardiest of fly-fishers will be out on the water.  Most of us are saying good-bye to ice in the guides, ice clogged reels, frigid winds, and chilled fingers. For many of us there could be a final trip to the river where it remains accessible or to one of the diminishing number of still waters remaining ice free. True, memories from the good times of the season past will sustain us until faded by events coming in the next season.  We, of course, our lucky because Idaho Department of Fish and Game grants us the Catch and Release season on many streams and many still waters remain open even though for ice fishing. The only problem will be travel to many of these places will not be possible, so our where-to-go choice will be limited. But for those bidding adieu to the season, there remains some actions born out of prudence to prepare for either the upcoming Catch and Release or when the next general season begins. All this revolves around, cleaning, repairing, and even updating that equipment we all treasure.

Perhaps nothing in the fly-fishing equipment world suffers wear and tear like a fly line.  It is always under some kind of stress when in motion.  Any loop whether formed during casting or drifting applies a differential stress on a line.   The best action here is to unload the line and inspect it for surface breaks that eventually will expose the core or for areas of exposed core. Either one signals it is time to buy a new line. After inspection it is time to clean the line. Immersion in a warm water-detergent mixture to loosen grime deposits works, then a wipe dry with a soft fabric towel under gentle pressure from index finger and thumb works. After drying I like to lubricate with a product such as Mucilin before storage.

Fly line backing also suffers wet-dry cycles, so it is a good idea to inspect it for damage. If you are lucky enough to tackle a number fish that get into your backing, a cleaning with that detergent-warm water mixture then drying before storage is a good idea.

For cleaning that reel an old tooth brush to apply the detergent-warm water mixture followed up with lubrication works. Nothing, however, works as well as an ultrasonic cleaning. Jewelers use these as a standard for cleaning all kind of jewelry. Ask your jeweler friend to immerse your reel and separated spool in the cleaner tank and turn the cleaner on. If the jeweler allows you to watch it in action, you will be amazed to see the dirt literally flying off these into the tank’s water. After a minute or so the immersed equipment will be totally cleaned of a seasonal accumulation of grease and grime. By the way, ultra sonic cleaning also works great for cleaning lines.

Leaders and tippets should be replaced at the end of the season.   They suffer the same differential stress as the line and “wind knots”  are a death knell to any leader or tippet.

No one wants leaking waders regardless of the season. Inspection after any use is always a good practice for nipping emerging damage at the bud.  But if significant repairs are needed, now is the best time to send them to the manufacturer for doing such.

At the end of a season the contents of that fly box can be mixed up. So complete drying of each then reorganizing or placing in storage is the next step. But while doing either of these, have that nearby tea kettle going in a steaming mode.  Using tweezers, place any fly with disorganized hackle in the out-coming steam jet. Hackles will jump back into position. Allow the steamed flies to dry thoroughly, then move to storage.

Sad as it is, these actions signal a general season coming to an end. But they also are prudent for beginning the next begin season with minimum equipment failures.

 

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