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Today at Jimmy’s 11/15

We have got a few new items in the shop I would like to share with you all. With the weather getting cold it becomes really important to start layering your clothing under your waders and wading jacket. All three of the clothing companies we sell here at the shop Simms, Patagonia, and Redington have really good pieces for layering.Over the next few weeks I am going to be outlining what layering is and how to do it. I meet people all the time still wearing jeans under their waders. Not only is this uncomfortable but if you fall in and get wet the cotton will pull body heat from you making you much colder.

Today I am going to spotlight some Simms clothing that is essential to keeping you warm while out in the weather and fishing this time of year through the winter.

Simms has come out with a new line of what we call “next to skin” clothing or “long underwear.” It is a Merino wool top and bottom. Wool has always been a great layering piece for cold weather mostly because it still keeps you warm and traps body heat when its wet. However when we think of wool we don’t think of comfort, especially when it is next to our skin. Merino wool is a more refined softer type of wool that is very comfortable as a next to skin piece and surprisingly breathes fairly well. The Simms DownUnder Merino baselayer comes in a zip neck top and an elastic waist bottom.

The next piece I would like to feature is the Simms Waderwick Fleece Top. Fleece is the next piece of clothing I put on after my “next to skin” garment when layering up to go fishing. Fleece is an incredible peice of material. It is soft on the skin, retains heat and breathes extremely well. Also when fleece gets wet only 3% of the material will absorb water. Ever notice when you wash fleece and pull it out of the washing machine it already feels dry? Simms has been producing the Waderwick Fleece Top for many years, its a must for any fisherman in cold weather or during the nights and early mornings of summer.

The Simms Waderwick Fleece Top comes in Simms Orange (pictured) and Black.


Today at Jimmy’s 11/3

We have a great replacement for waddington Shanks. We now carry the Fish Skulls Articulated Shanks. These are a great substitute for waddington shanks. Waddington shanks have been hard to get because they are produced by Partridge and that is a English company. They don’t really have a distributor in the states so we have been constantly getting back ordered on this product. To be honest with you I prefer these Fish Skull shanks because it is a single wire design and they’re so many different possibilities with hook options when using this shank.

They come in 3 sizes.

  • 20mm
  • 35mm
  • 55mm

Here are a few sample Flies from the Fish Skull website.


Today at Jimmy’s

Fish Skull has brought out a new product called Sculpin Helmet. We carry the Small and the Large. I recommend the Small size. the Large is really heavy and can not be thrown with a 6 or 7 wt rod very easily. However the large would be awesome on a spinning rod setup.Many possibilities for tying streamers with these little puppies.


Today at Jimmy’s 10/14

I wanted to feature a new item we have shop that is produced by Patagonia. The R1 fishing Glove.

This is what Patagonia has to say about it.

Cold-weather, formfitting fishing gloves made of smooth-skin neoprene laminated with a plush nylon/polypropylene/spandex lining.

Rolling the dice on late or early season expeditions (or fishing right through winter) frequently means fewer people and more fish. It can also mean frozen fingers. With our toasty R1® Gloves, your hands stay warm and nimble even in freezing rain, icy wind and cold water. The thin, flexible 1.5mm smooth-skin neoprene outer stops wind and shrugs off moisture, while the combination nylon/polypropylene/spandex insulation locks in warmth. A 3-panel, stitched and glued construction with anatomically placed seams provides remarkable formfitting comfort, water-resistance and dexterity.


  • Smooth-skin neoprene laminated to a plush polypropylene lining
  • 3-panel construction and anatomically placed seams for better fit and durability
  • Bartacks reinforce critical seams
  • Formfitting
  • Glove exterior: 1.5mm smooth-skin neoprene. Lining: 48% nylon/46% polypropylene/6% spandex
  • 162 g (5.7 oz)
  • Made in Thailand.
Here is my take. These gloves are the first glove I have worn that I can actually feel the fly line while fishing. They are water proof and extremely warm. The only downside to these gloves is they are not tough enough for rowing and pulling on anchor ropes all day. These gloves are fragile. and should be used with care to get a long life from the glove. If used while only fishing I think you will find these gloves to last a long time. When I first saw these gloves my initial thought was duck hunting, but after using them chasing steelhead on the Salmon river I am convinced these are great fishing gloves as well.

Today at Jimmy’s 10/3

Well I am back in the shop after and exhausting summer of guiding on the South Fork. Its always good to be back in the shop and see all of you after a few months of rowing and dodging hooks. I wanted to inform you all about some new products we have for the Fall.

Simms some awesome gear out right now for layering on those cold Fall and Winter days. We have some Merino Wool long underwear and a new wool sweater. Lets not forget the insulated fishing pants from Simms, great for wearing to and from the river and can be used like fleece pants under your waders.

Patagonia has some new gear in as well. We have brought in their famous Down Sweater and the Nano Puff Jacket. These are great jackets for insulation under a wading jacket or just fishing on a cold morning.


Today at Jimmy’s 9-08-2012

Good traffic news! A Street is now open to traffic in the normal one-way (west) flow through the Shoup Ave. and A Street intersection in front of the shop.   Shoup Ave at the intersection remains closed meaning no turn  north from A Street or through access from Broadway Street.


Today at Jimmys 8/23

Hey everybody, just wanted to let you know of a couple new items/deals we have going on in the shop.

This last week we got the new Sage “ONE” rods in the shop. These are awesome rods that are really lightweight. We have these in a good selection from 4-7wts so come on in and have a look. Below is what Sage has to say about the rods-

“The ONE rod is our flagship offering that may redefine the “all around” rod category, where precision casting accuracy is needed over a wide range of conditions. Hand crafted from our Konnetic technology three long years in the making, the ONE rod is a game changer. Your Game. Its fast action incorporates a built in sweet spot, making the ONE rod  the ideal choice for experienced and aspiring casters alike.”

Also we are offering all of our Z-Axis rods at a 30% discount, this is a great time to get a premium rod for a budget price.


Today at Jimmy’s 8/8

Hi all Tim here, I wanted to share some information about the South Fork. I floated to Lorenzo today and the boat ramp is a little tricky. The bank against the boat ramp is moving very fast. There is currently a boulder right in the middle of the boat ramp. I took some photos of it so you could all see whats going on at this takeout.

Here is another view from the handicap access.

Remember to go to the river right side under the bridge there is a new gravel bar that would make you miss the boat ramp if you float down the right side. I took a picture of this gravel bar as well looking upriver from the boat ramp.You can clearly see the gravel bar on the right side of the photo.

Good luck fishing and have a safe summer while floating the rivers.


Today at Jimmy’s 8-6-11

Beginning Monday August 15th there will be construction project on the corner of Shoup avenue and “A” Street in front of the shop. For part of the construction period traffic will be shut down  but we will keep our normal shop hours of 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday throughout the project. We’ll post a map next week that will show you where you can park and also the detour map while the intersection is closed.


Today at Jimmy’s 6/17

We are really loving this warm weather we have been receiving about every other day. Things are really starting to shape up for fishing in East Idaho. The Henry’s Fork is fishing with fish up on Dry Flies, the South Fork flows have dropped and fish have been caught on Nymphs. Our smaller streams are still running muddy but the flows have been dropping and it will not be long before they are fishing as well.

I wanted to give you guys and heads up on all the cool gear we have loaded the shop up with for this season. If you don’t know we are now carrying Patagonia Fly Fishing product. We have their new wader the RIO Gallegos which has received 8 different awards this year. We have a good range of sizes, and can order anything you need form Patagonia. We now have two, yes two hat racks full of Jimmy’s Hats and our T-Shirt selection this summer is well pretty kick ass!

In terms of tackle we have lots of great new patterns in our fly bins, and have some very nice new fly rods this year. Including the new Winston BIIIx and the Sage VXP. Come on in check out a new rod and I will be more than happy to step outside and cast it with you, or try on some new gear and pick a up some flies for your boxes. As always we here to chat fishing and look forward to hearing about all the big fish you have been getting into this summer.