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Today at Jimmy’s 6/6

Every once in a awhile I get to go fishing with some friends. It’s a nice day off and I don’t have much to worry about. A few weeks ago I had this type of opportunity to float the Henry’s Fork. Just a little quick get away before I had some babysitting to do that afternoon back in town. We had a good few hours of fishing and I wanted to share some photographs from the trip. We floated from Vernon Bridge to the Chester backwaters. We were surprised to see a few of these lurking around when we kicked over a few rocks.

Caught a few smaller fish on rubberlegs and Moose had to get in on the action.

These two were by far the fish of the trip! I was rowing and Cory hooked up than Jordan hooked up. They were both really nice fish, you can tell by the smiles on their faces these boys were happy!


Today at Jimmy’s 5/26

Yesterday was a gorgeous Idaho day no wind and highs in the upper 60’s. Woke up this morning to temps in the mid 30’s and winds expected  to reach 40 mph! This is spring in Idaho, seems like winter just doesn’t want to let go. We have been getting a lot of questions about water and flows so I thought I would talk about that situation.

Let me start by saying the information I am passing on is a mix from the Bureau of Reclamation and our general thoughts here at the shop. The only real fact that holds merit in  this discussion is we have a lot of water this year. Period. The BOR is predicting flows at a minimum of 23,500 cfs at the Heise measure station for 5 to 6 weeks. As of right now the river is flowing 23,200 cfs at Heise. All of this is dependent on weather conditions. So there is no clear answer to when we will be able to fish the South Fork. However we counted out the weeks and best case scenario puts the flows at a reasonable level around the 4th of July. We will keep you all informed as soon as we find out more.

Allow me to debunk a few myths that seem to float around fisherman. First off there will be a Salmon Fly Hatch on the South Fork. If the hatch is huge or small will depend on weather and flows, but those bugs will hatch. Last year I didn’t see Salmon Flies on the upper till mid July, but they hatched. Second, all of this water flowing down the river will change things but it will not flush all the fish away and the insects will be fine. We had huge flows in 97′ and the river fished great once the flows went down. The fish will move into areas with decreased flows and the nymphs will crawl deeper into the rocks. There have been no talks of the river reaching 30,000 cfs or above and to our knowledge the BOR has not predicted those type of high flows. If temps get cold it will reach that level for sure so lets all hope the weather continues to stay warm.


Today at Jimmy’s 5/15

Just a few fun things to post today. We had some new customers this past week.

I am not sure if these ducks were coming in to make a CDC deposit or if they were trying to commit suicide.  Did you hear that one about the 3 Mallards that walked into a fly shop?….I will stop there.

We went bowling this last Friday night as a shop crew it was a lot of fun. Most of us dressed up and some of us didn’t here are a few shots I took with my iPhone.


Today at Jimmy’s 5/7

So much has been going on this spring in the shop. We are finished with our remodel and I will be posting photos of the shop at a later date. We got a new rod rack, moved the fly bins and opened up some space in the shop. Everything looks really good. We have gotten most of our spring preseason orders in and the shop is look nice a full of merchandise ready for you to check out.

A couple new items in the shop for you to check out is the Patagonia Gear. We are now a Patagonia Dealer. We have waders, boots, clothes and bags.  Also Sage has a new rod out this season called the VXP. It is a really nice fly rod, words can not really describe how nice it is you just need to come cast it.

We are always looking for more photos for our photo gallery. We like catch and release type photos. If you have a bit of the shutterbug send those photos to us at [email protected]


Today at Jimmys 3/30

Many of you have noticed some changes around the shop in the past month, if you haven’t seen it yet come pay us a visit. We are going to continue to make some remodeling changes in April, its all very exciting. This is a fun time of year for us at the shop because we finally start seeing all the new gear we ordered last summer and fall.

We have got many new Simms items in the past few weeks. We have some new Simms gear that looks really nice. The new G4 and Guide Wading jackets are in. We also have the new Windstoper Hoodies, and the new camo Rogue Hoodie. Yesterday we received a bunch of new Simms T-Shirts sporting some Derek De Joung and Jeff Currier fish artwork…In all honesty they’re pretty awesome!

We finished up our Demo’s this past Saturday. I had a great time tying for all of you, that was a really fast 4 hours! We still have some special topic classes coming up in April, and we are taking names of people interested, hoping to generate another beginning tying class. We also teach private fly tying lessons.

On the subject of Fly Tying, don’t forget the Fly Tying and Fly Fishing Expo coming up on April 15-16 at the Shilo Inn. We have fly boxes here that you can fill with flies and donate to the expo to have them raffled off. Also there are a lot of workshops for kids, women and men. The expo is a great show and lots of information for anyone angler. If you have never been its time to go check it out.


Today at Jimmy’s 3/25

I thought I would give you all an update and let you all know that I am tying tomorrow for the final Tying Demo for the 2010/2011 Demo season. I am really excited to share some patterns with you, and talk about my strategies and fishing techniques. I have put a lot of planning into my presentation and I am confident that you will find it worth your time.

My plan is to tie Trout Flies for the first 2 hours or until I am finished. I will be tying highly effective patterns that have worked for me while guiding on the South Fork and fishing the surrounding rivers and streams in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. After I tie some nymphs and Dry Flies I am going to show you a few streamers that I have tweaked and been fishing and find effective. Between Noon and 1pm I am going to change directions and tie Steelhead Patterns. I will show some classic patterns that every Steelhead fisherman should have in their fly box. Than I am going to show you some new innovative patterns that have been developed by individuals like Ed Ward, Scott Howell, and April Volkey. Intruders and big leaches are the name of the game here. These patterns follow the lines of big silhouetted flies that are tied sparsely. I have used these patterns on the Salmon River and been successful. I plan on tying as long as people are interested. Its important to note that these large steelhead patterns can be tied in Trout colors (brown, black, Olive) and are very effective catching trout as well.

In the past our demo tiers will hand out flies after they are tied. I will pass each fly around for the group to look at but I will not be handing out samples tomorrow. Instead we are going to put those flies into a nice fly box and everyone who is in attendance will be able to throw their name in a hat and one lucky winner will get the box of flies. You must be present to win. I will do the same with the Steelhead flies. Randy will be recording the demo and if there is a fly you really want, talk to me at another time and I am more than willing to get you a sample.

I am excited and hope to see you all there tomorrow morning ready to have some fun, swap some lies, and learn something.



Today at Jimmy’s 3/8

If you haven’t been into the shop to see our new remodel you are really missing out. We have a new look at the front of the shop.

Still have some spots in our tying classes. beginning tying starts Thursday, and we still have a few spots in our special topics classes! Sign up before they fill!

We have lots of god stuff on sale right now. We have Redington fly rods and Simms gear greatly reduced. Sorry no waders on sale. We do however have some wading jackets, wading boots, and shirts on sale. They will not last long so hurry up before someone else buys your size!

If you don’t know already we have a facebook page. It has been up for at least a year. To find us log onto Facebook and do a search for us. Hit the “like” button and your now following us. Lately I have been posting articles concerning conservation and issues that involve the fishing world. Some of them are local issues and others deal with issues like the Pebble Mine in Alaska. I am going to try and continue to post these links here on “Today at Jimmy’s” for those of you who do not follow Facebook. I wanted to share this film about Bob Clay and his family. Bob’s daughter was Jimmy’s guide this summer on the Dean River. Check out the film!


Today at Jimmy’s

Stop into the shop and see some changes we made. Half of our customers yesterday didn’t notice it…will you? We have some more changes coming down the road this winter.

Scott Sanchez is tying this Saturday for our morning demo. He is a really good fly tier with lots of experience fishing the Snake River drainage. I have had the oppertunity to hang out with Scott on many different occasions and it’s always a blast. Scott is also doing a book signing for his new release “The Never Ending Stream”

Lots of tying classes coming up. We have 2 beginning classes starting in march and some Special Topics classes being offered as well. Here is the link with all the info.


Today at Jimmys 1/20

We have been busy here at the shop working on our Winter Projects. we have been putting together fly tying kits for our beginning classes, and putting together special topic fly tying classes. Another winter time project is marking down all the inventory that has been discontinued for the upcoming season. As of right now we have some selected Jackets from Simms on sale. This is a great time to get a new Gore Tex wading jacket from Simms at an awesome price. The only time we can put these items on sale is when they are being discontinued, and that doesn’t happen very often.

Rollin and Jimmy went fishing this last week, stop by and talk to them about it. They caught lots of fish and had a good time. I haven’t made it out yet. Probably tomorrow.

Todd Lanning is tying on Sat. morning. Todd is the General Manager of South Fork Outfitters. Todd is an extremely talented fly tier, and loves to share information about the South Fork to those willing to listen. I love watching Todd tie so don’t be surprised to see me sitting in the back corner Sat. morning watching him.

We are wanting to update the photos on our photo gallery. We are looking for fish photos that suggest the fish was released. The photo of the trout in the gravel next to your fly rod is hard to post because it looks like its about to die regardless if it was released or not. We really like “hero shots,” pictures of women and kids holding fish and anything related to fly fishing. If you have a eye for photography send us some photos and we will get them posted on the site. email them to [email protected]


Today at Jimmys

Just to give you guys a quick update. We still have room in our fly tying classes that are coming up. Also we just got a bunch on new fishing DVD’s in, including the long awaited Skagit Master 2 with Scott Howell. Come check out the DVD’s, nothing like a little fish porn to get you excited to go fishing!