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Saturday Fly Tying Demos

(Free to the Public)

10:00 AM to about 1:00 PM Saturdays from November 24th, 2018 into March, 2019.

Attending these is a great way to learn tying techniques, new and old, and to stay current on available materials and tools. Each featured tier has much experience in tying and using the flies they demonstrate, and each is ready to share their knowledge and skills with you.  The beginning of our demo schedule includes the following tiers. 

Saturday, November 24th                              Brandon Morrison

 Saturday, December 1st                                 Dan Gates

 Saturday, December 8th                                Marty Howard

 Saturday, December 15th                               Dave Raisch

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Dave Raisch was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up in Ohio. Always interested in fishing, living in that part of the country meant warm water species would be mostly available. He moved to Idaho to attend ISU in the spring of 1998 to study for a master’s degree and wanted to fly fish badly.  His thesis project involved fish distributions and water quality within the Portneuf River, Idaho. On studying for this degree and being in the field, our region’s cool, clear waters hosting mostly trout fascinated him. He began tying flies over ten years ago and has also taught fly tying classes at the beginner and intermediate level. He enjoys being creative with fly tying and has sold flies commercially. Streamers and big dries are his specialties. He also enjoys tying flies for big, selective trout! He has demonstrated his tying skills at the East Idaho Fly Tying  & Fly Fishing  Expo for a number of years in the past. He particularly enjoys tying flies for the river around American Falls Reservoir, the South Fork, and the Henry’s Fork, all special places to fish.  Now associated with Snake River Fly in Pocatello, this will be Dave’s third demo at Jimmy’s, and he plans on demonstrating patterns for each of the above and other waters.


Saturday, December 22nd                                Ross Slayton


Ross Slayton

Ross comes to us via Northern California where he grew up fishing spinning gear for trout and spoons for steelhead. About 13 years ago, thanks to a rather drastic life changing event, he discovered fly fishing while living very close to the Trinity and upper Sacramento rivers. Not a bad place to establish one’s fundamentals. Soon there wasn’t a body of water in far Northern California or Southern Oregon that hadn’t seen his fly rod. Being a detail person and wanting more knowledge on how fish perceive aquatic food forms, it wasn’t much longer before he surrendered to the siren call of the fly tying vice.  To further his fishing experiences he joined the Tracy (California) Fly Fishers and signed up for their tying classes. With tyers like Ben Byng, Steve Potter, Cliff Sullivan, and Rich “Lobdude” Lobrovich, it wasn’t long before he was producing some useful trout flies.  By “divine providence,” Ross ended up moving to Idaho Falls 7 years ago. Further fortune is that he is employed at Rio Products. It wasn’t long before the local waters influenced his tying and reconstructed his  fly tying to local standards. This is Ross’s second gig at Jimmy’s Saturday tying demos, so you in for a treat through seeing some new tying ideas, especially if he claims Ben Byng, Steve Potter, and Cliff Sullivan, and “Lobdude” as mentors.

 Saturday, December 29th                                  Justin Barnard


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 Justin Barnard comes to us from Shelley and grew up in Blackfoot.  He attended college at ISU.  He married a local girl, Kristin, and they have a 4 year old son, Sawyer.  All that makes him a local guy for sure! He has been fishing for as long as he can remember and has tied flies for the last seventeen years. His favorites are any kind of streamers and classic steelhead/salmon flies. He also enjoys the pursuit of and obtaining the exotic feathers used in the classic Atlantic salmon flies.  He has demonstrated his tying skills at the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Expo among many other shows in the Western United States. He will also be going to the International Fly Tying Symposium this Fall. He is a regular participant in the Bug Club meetings. He is part of the Force Fly Fishing Inc Pro team, Moonlit Fly Fishing Pro Team, and Snake River Fly Pro team. This will be his third tying demo at Jimmy’s.

Saturday, January 5th                                        Kelly Glissmeyer

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Kelly has fly-fished since his teen years and tied flies since 1983. That was the year Mrs. (Kathy) bought him fly tying tools and materials from Blue Ribbon Flies when they lived in West Yellowstone. He moved to Idaho Falls in 2002, and even though he fishes up to fifty times a year, he maintains a full time job and a happy marriage. He has accumulated a huge amount of fly-fishing experience fishing Greater Yellowstone waters. Appreciative of the wonderful times he has experienced doing so and generous and outgoing by nature, he looks for ways to give back to the sport he loves so much.  He is a member of TU, the Upper Snake River Flyfishers and the Snake River Cutthroats. He is a past president of the Southern Utah Anglers based in St. George, Utah. He currently edits and authors a fly tying column for the FFI’s FlyFisher magazine. He began offering fly tying demonstrations in shops (here in 2010) and fly fishing events around the western states including the Eastern Idaho Fly Tying and Fly-Fishing Expo. More recently he has become a published author (Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Frank Amato Publications) of fly fishing techniques and associated tying for rivers, still waters and spring creeks. Kelly is also on the pro staff of LOOP USA as a Goodwill Ambassador.  We have had  inquiries about Kelly’s return to demonstrate his tying skills. Thus we could not put his demo off any longer. So with more seasons of fly fishing experience and new patterns to boot, he will be here by popular demand on January 5th. Bring your notebook!

As we develop the remainder of the schedule, we will post it in the shop, on our web site, and on Facebook.  Look for our tying demo schedule in the Idaho Falls Post Register Outdoor Page Calendar “Coming Up,” published each Thursday.


Today at Jimmy’s


Saturday, November 24th, 2018              Brandon Morrison




Saturday, December, 1st, 2018                 Dan Gates




Today at Jimmy’s 10-27-18



The “Fly Tying Season” is not far away. To help kick it off, we will begin our 2018-2019 slate of Saturday tying demos on November 24th. We have begun lining up tiers for these, and will soon publicize those tiers featured for the remainder of 2018. Remember, these demos are at the shop, free, begin each Saturday at 10 AM, extend to about 1 PM, and feature the best regional tiers and then some.


Henry’s Lake 9-28-18

Henry’s is finally starting to show some signs of life the last week or so. Although there aren’t a lot of the bigger fish being caught right now, a fair amount of fish have moved into the shallows and are providing decent action. Most of the good fishing has been from the pintail point area south all the way to hope creek. The wind has been mostly out of the southwest this fall, so the western shoreline is a little more protected and has cleaner water. The fish have been relatively shallow 3-8ft so a type 1 or an intermediate line is really all you need. Fly choice doesn’t seem to be critical, darker leeches in size 6-8 have been best (Black Crystal Bugger, Brown Crystal Bugger, Canadian Brown). Hopefully the lake continues to pick up and we have a good October, stay tuned for more reports.


Awesome new rod from Sage!

At Icast this summer in Orlando Sage released two new rods the Igniter and Dart. The Igniter replaces the popular Method and is what I’d like to tell you guys about today! The Method was a great seller in our shop and the ultra fast action is very popular in our area to deal with the sometimes difficult conditions we fish. The Igniter promises to be everything the method was and more and is ideal for windy conditions, long casts, and throwing large flies. The Igniter has a “chipotle” colored blank and black rod tube. To myself, its a more subtle colored method, its not as loud of a red and looks really nice. The components matched with the rod are top notch, I think its the best looking Sage rod in years. Using Sage’s Konnetic HD technology, the Igniter is lighter, thinner, and stronger than the method. The Igniter will be perfect for fishing big bugs to the bank, either out of a driftboat or wading. The rod has a really powerful butt section, but a light enough tip you can still get great accuracy when trying to place big bugs tight to the bank. For streamers I can’t imagine a better rod than this. The powerful butt section will be able to deliver any of the popular streamers from the sparkle minnow up to the triple articulated Kelly Galloup patterns. Any condition we encounter in the area I am very confident you can do it with the Igniter, easily! If you are a Sage fan, or even if you haven’t been. I would HIGHLY recommend coming down to the shop and casting one for yourself. We are fully stocked with almost every model so come and down and give it a try!


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( I included a photo of the Method and Igniter side by side so you can see the differences)


Tying Demo 3-3-18


10:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M., Saturdays from November 25th, 2017 though March, 2018
Each year Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler features this winter-time institution.   These Saturday fly tying demonstrations are free to the public.  Attending the demos is a great way to learn tying techniques, new and old, and to stay current on the use of materials and tools. The tiers we feature are among the best.  Each has great experience in tying and use of the flies they demonstrate.  Each is ready to share their tying and presentation knowledge and skills with you.

We began our winter slate of fly tying demos on Saturday, November 25th. So far we have scheduled tiers up to March 10th which will be our last this season. Take a look below at who is scheduled. Bring your fly tying questions to the shop any time.  We have fly tiers on our staff with enough experience to answer any question you may have on materials, equipment, technique, and presentation.  On moving through the given dates, we will post a bio for the upcoming tier.

                                                                 2017-2018 Fly Tying Demo Schedule Completed

It was a fun season with several fly tiers demonstrating for the first time at the shop.  We began on November 25th, 2017, continued through a cold, blustery December,  on through a mild January and most of February, and finished during a wintry first week in March.  Attendance was excellent and well-behaved.   Demonstrating tiers  were the same as well as generous.  All this means that we will resume our tying demos next November. Again the demos will feature  excellent, personable tiers, and we will invite the public to attend.   Watch our web site and Facebook to see the date 2018-2019 our tying demo season begins.










Closeout Sale Fall/Winter 2017

We have a ton of marked down Simms Boots (G4 boa, G3, Rivertek Boa, Freestone) and a few G3 Stockingfoot and Bootfoots on closeout here at the shop. The discounts are significant! This is a great time to pick up some quality gear as Simms products do not go on sale very often. Call us (208-524-7160) or stop in at the shop before they are all gone!


Today at Jimmy’s 10-31-17



We will begin our fly tying demo season on Saturday, November 25th.   Barring holidays, we will schedule a tier each Saturday into March.  As in the past, each demo will begin 10:00 AM at the shop and extend into the early afternoon.  Expect details not only on how to tie a demonstrated pattern, but information on how it should be presented. The beginning of the tier schedule will be posted soon on our web site.