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Today at Jimmy’s 4/16

There has been a lot of chatting in the fishing community about wading boots. Is felt okay? Is it outlawed in my state? What about the rest of the boot like the laces? Is Vibram just as good as felt? What about studs in my drift boat?

Well there is a lot of good solid information out there and there is a lot of well…not so solid information. So with that in mind I want to talk about wading boots and the 3 main choices you have when buying a new pair of boots. I am going to cover it all Felt, Vibram, and the new Aluminum Bar boots. We have some new gear to feature as well in this post so sit back and enjoy.

So the biggest rumor we hear in the shop about wading boots is Felt boots have been banned in Idaho and Montana. Felt is not banned in Idaho nor Montana. There are 3 states that have outlawed felt. Alaska, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Simms is now selling felt soled wading boots. After a few years of not selling felt on any Simms boot, the huge demand for felt convinced them to start manufacturing felt soled wading boots again. We now have the Simms Guide Boot and the Freestone boot in felt for sale here at the shop.

Another alternative to felt is a rubber soled boot. There are many options in this catagory. Simms has a large variety of vibram soled boots that are called Streamtread. Patagonia has the Rock Grip wading boot which is much softer rubber sole compared to the Simms Streamtread. Studs can be installed in most wading boots but seem to be almost mandatory in the rubber soled boots.

Studded boots tend to be fairly harsh on drift boats, and some people are looking for something that grabs a little bit more than studded wading boots. Patagonia has a boot called the Aluminum bar wading boot, and Aluminum Bar Crampons. I have personally had the opportunity to be in a pair of Aluminum Bar boots since October and they are fantastic! They are by far the best boot I have worn for gripping action while wading. You need to be careful wearing them around the boat. They don’t seem to have destructive ability of studs, but you hear things crunching around on the bottom of your feet.

I personally recommend the Aluminum Bar boots over anything else when fishing out of a boat. Anglers that do a lot of hiking to get to their fishing spots I would recommend a rubber soled boot. As far as felt goes they work in any and all fishing situations and felt is great. Just remember to clean them!

For questions and more info…come to the shop and we will be more than happy to help you!


Today at Jimmy’s 3/13

We got our first shipment from SIMMS for spring 2012! We have some really cool new items in the shop. First of all I want to show you the new Flyte jacket. This is a softshell jacket with WindStopper. Some of yo might be thinking whats the difference between the WindStopper Softshell and the new Flyte?” Well first of all the price is less for the new Flyte. However with the reduction of price you loose some of the features like storage space in the form of pockets on the jacket. The new Flyte jacket is basically a streamlined version for those angler who don’t need or want all the pockets and technical features offered in the Windstopper Softshell.

We also got a new selection of Simms hats, including the flex fit Derek Deyoung hat that has been super popular and very hard to find. We have them in Gray and Black. Come grab one while supplies last.


Today at Jimmy’s 2/20

Have you ever used split shot while fishing and wanted it to be a little more discrete. Well we have great news, Anchor has come out with Camo Shot! This is a tin based split shot, so its safe to use in Yellowstone Park. The split shot comes in 4 different colors, Gravel/Sand, Weedy Green, Muddy Brown and Dark Green. We have a large selection of sizes for all fishing situations.

Still have a bunch of special topics tying classes coming up. Check the schedule by clicking this. Tube Flies is coming up on Feb 28th. and we have many other very useful and very educational. Check it out, pick a class or two and come learn some tying skills.


Today at Jimmy’s 2/13

We have a topic that is being discussed on our facebook page I wanted to let you all know about. Last week I posted a question asking our customers how they felt about Fish and Game opening the section from Ashton Dam to Vernon Bridge during the winter season. This is the only piece of water on the Henry’s Fork that is closed during the off season with the exception of Herriman State Park and the State has regulations from the Herriman Family about fishing access and seasons for that section.

We are interested in how  you all feel about this section being opened to fish. Do you oppose it, why? Are you in favor of having more river access to fish in the winter and off season on the Henry’s Fork, why?

Feel free to leave a comment here or go to our facebook page and join the conversation.


Today at Jimmy’s

In the back of the shop you will notice that we have remolded our old bookshelf. We updated our bookshelf making it much easier to find and browse our large selection of books.

We have many great Fly tying classes coming up. We still have a few spots left in our begining fly tying class starting Thursday evenings Feb. 16th. This class will run for 5 consecutive weeks and is $50. Materials are not included and there are 2 spots left in this session.

We also have a bunch of special topics classes coming up in February and March. Tube Flies, Streamers, Mayflies, Stoneflies and others. For a list of the classes click HERE. These are 1 night classes and materials are provided by the instructor. They are very informative and they start at 6:30pm and usually go until were done. We don’t hold back for these classes we want you to learn as much as you can. Classes are limited to 6 students so sign up today!


Today at Jimmy’s 1/27

There are a few new items in the shop that we wanted to tell you about. First of all I aim very excited about Will Godfrey’s book, Season of the Steelhead. It has great photographs and is very informative. If you like chasing steelhead this book is a must for you.

While talking about Steelhead fishing we have some new Alec Jackson steelhead hook as well. They are called the Steelhead Irons, they differ from the regular Alec Jackson hooks we have all come to love. The steelhead irons have a shorter shank  and have a heavier wire. They come in #3 and #5.We also have some new Dave McNeese Spey hooks in called the Blue Heron hook. They come in a size #1 and #2. This is a long shank hook designed for tying spey flies.

We have have some new product form Enrico Puglisi the man behind the EP Fibers. We now have the Ep Trantula hairy Legs brush. These are a dubbing brush that come in a 1/2″ and 1′ size. They have EP fibers mixed with floss legs. These are great for heads on streamers and body material. We also have 5 new colors of sili legs. These legs are titled as “Perfect Barred” Sili legs, and let me tell you these barred legs are perfect.

One more book to mention by Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson “Flies for Western Super Hatches.” This is a fly tiers book for tying western river hatches. Its got great photos of every step for tying the patterns included in the book.


Today at Jimmy’s 1/11

Hey guys hope everything is going well for you this week. We are busy getting things ready for the upcoming season. If you haven’t heard already we are putting together special topics classes so if you have any desires for a class let us know. Also we have started signups for our beginner fly tying class. This is a great class for beginner fly fisherman as well cause it teaches them the basic of entomology and fly selection. It’s also a lot of fun as well.

We have gotten some new tying materials in the shop. We are now carrying Select Craft Fur. We have 30 different colors to choose from. Craft fur is used for tying saltwater patterns and streamers. The select craft fur we brought into the shop is a higher grade fur than the standard many have tied with for years.


Today at Jimmy’s 1/9

Happy New Year! Just a few things to get you updated on whats going on around the shop. We have gotten a respectable stock of whiting feathers back into the shop. It seems the hair craze has really slowed down to the point we are getting restocked on Saddle hackles. We still do not have dyed saddles but we have a great selection of saddles in natural colors. If you looking for feathers dyed we have gotten the Buger Packs in many different colors. If you haven’t had a chance to see this item it is really useful. I use them for everything from wolley buggers to leeches to Steelhead flies.Bugger Packs are a good alternative to purchasing a full saddle for tying wet flies and you would be surprised the amount of feathers you get for $18.


Today at Jimmy’s 12-31-11

Today’s tying demo featured Shawn Bostic.  Shawn did a great job and is another talented tier that Eastern Idaho seems to have more than its share of.  The Saturday tying demos will continue through March 31st.

In addition to the demos we are starting starting the beginning fly tying classes next week. One 5 week class begins Thursday January 5th and a second class begins on Tuesday January 10th

After finishing the year end inventory this week we put several clothing items from Simms and Patagonia on the sale rack that are discontinued in 2012.  Some of the pieces include Simms short sleeve Tattersall shirts,  Cocona long sleeve crew neck shirts and Patagonia Gi II pants.

Finally we want to thank everyone for your support this past year and wish everyone a great new year in 2012!


Today at Jimmy’s 12/16

For Day #5 I wanted to post a item we carry that most of you probably don’t know we have. Its a great gift, or  stocking stuffer. Its also reasonably priced at $23.95, so we wont break the bank like the item from yesterdays post.

This is the Palm West Leather Money Clip. We have different styles and colors. Palm West has a great description about the use of money clips so I am going to let them do the talking. You can find this item available at the shop stop by or give us a call if you have questions.

Why go to all this trouble? Because we understand that men’s furnishings reflect the character and standards of their owners.

Just think how often you reach for your bill fold, often in the company of others.

The user friendly design of this Money Clip features two outside card sleeves that hold up to six cards each along with an especially designed spring-clip that holds several bills and fits comfortably in your front or back pocket.

This handsome leather piece will prove its lasting quality by improving with age. Since 1991, over 1.5 million sold.

We stand behind the durability of our leather goods by including an unconditional guarantee against any defects in material or craftsmanship for one full year of normal use; the especially designed Spring-Clip caries a full replacement guarantee for the life of the Money Clip.