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Today at Jimmy’s 3-22

Shop Talk

I had big plans to fish the Henry’s Fork on Sat. and was really excited to go beat up on some fish below the Chester Dam. A phone call from Todd Lanning(my boss at South Fork Outfitters) that morning put me in the rowers bench on the South Fork guiding my first trip of the season. The good news is I got to wet a fly line and catch a few white fish. I also had the opportunity to put the Trout Beads to the test. All I am going to say is they work, they work really well!

New Merchandise

We have received a few new items in the shop. Lamson/Waterworks has a new ball cap that has LED lights built right into the bill of the hat. Its a really cool fishing hat, when the light gets low towards the evening flip on your built in flash light to change those flies.

We just got in some Super Hair in 22 different colors. We decided to bring in Super Hair at the request of Doyle Clark for tying Choromids, and Juju Midges. Super hair is also great for streamer material or an underwing for dry flies. Stop by the shop and check out this cool material.


We have some great classes that are still accepting students. Click here for more details.

Fly Tying Demos

This up coming Saturday is our last Fly Tying Demo. Doug Gibson will be tying for us. Doug has over 30 years experience guiding and has tying flies forever. Click here for more information on the Tying Demo.


Today at Jimmy’s 3-17

Shop Talk

We are really having some great weather this week. Some of you are taking advantage of this warm weather and getting out there and catching some fish. A few of us in the shop have also taken advantage of the warm weather. Its tough to not try and wet a line in weather like this after being cooped up all winter. Jimmy and Rollin got out earlier this week and I will be getting out on Sat. Here is a photo from Jimmy’s trip yesterday on the Big Lost.

03-07-09 big lost river (4)

New Inventory

We finally got our shipment of Trout Beads. Many people have found success fishing these beads in Alaska, and on the Salmon river for Steelhead. Trout beads imitate fish roe. Fish them below a indicator with some splitshot. Most people peg the bead about 3 inches above a hook. We have examples at the shop of different methods for fishing these beads. Also they make great beads for tying Egg Sucking Leeches. We have a large assortment of colors and sizes.


Still have openings in the Killer Bead Head special topics tying class. These classes cover so much more than just tying some bead head flies. They cover information about using different types of beads for different applications. Utilizing different material for different types of looks on your flies and tricks and simple techniques to help improve your fly tying overall. The streamer class still has openings as well. This class is going to cover articulated, two hook streamers, and single hook streamers. We will talk about fishing techniques, setups, and different species of bait fish that trout eat and the corresponding fly. Call the shop to get signed up or click here for more details.


Today at Jimmy’s 3-15

Comments Welcome

After some consideration we have decided to open up comments to you our faithful customers on the Today at Jimmy’s post. Today at Jimmy’s has really become a blog about the shop, designed to inform you of whats going on here at the shop on a daily basis. Obviously we don’t post something everyday but we try to post several times a week. We would like to get to the point where we could post everyday but honestly my creativity is limited and I do what I can.

This part is the rules and conduct we expect. Don’t really want too but we have to talk about it, cause there is always one.  The comment section is a place for you to post positive comments and hopefully start up some conversations. It is assumed, but I need to mention that inappropriate material, language, and disrespectful behavior is not allowed in the comment section. If you violate these requests we will delete your comments and hope you will learn your lesson. We want to provide a positive atmosphere for anyone to share there feelings, ideas, and successes. Basically if its not rated G or PG its not wanted here. Jimmy and I talked about not moderating the comments, basically because we don’t want to devote the time to it. However if it gets to that point we will. So lets all get along, be adults and use this new awesome feature on the website appropriately.

Fly Tying Classes

Now that I got all the rules and expectations out of the way let me give you a heads up about whats going on at the shop. I have a couple of spots left in my beginning tying class that starts this Wednesday. I am also teaching 2 special topics classes that are coming up in April.

April 1st. Killer Bead Heads 6:30pm

This class is going to cover the nymph cycle of insects found in our local streams. We will not only tie bead head nymphs but we will be disscussing ideas on fishing nymphs, fishing set ups, and why one would use different materials for different nymphs. As always there will be some of my philosophy on fishing and little tricks and tips to help make you a better fly tier.

April 22nd. Streamers 6:30pm

This class is going to cover Streamer Flies and fishing techniques. We will be learning articulated streamers, double hook streamers and some really good patterns that simply catch fish. Also I will be covering materials and why it is important to use one versus the other for certain types of patterns.

To find out more information on our fly tying classes go to the classes page on this website or just click here. Space is limited and they are filling up fast so call the shop and get on the list right now!

East Idaho Fly Tying Expo

Classes and workshops are now available to register for at the shop. We also have ticket packages, and banquet tickets. Fly Boxes are now available to pick up. Grab yours today and fill it up with your favorite patterns so the Expo can auction it off. This is a great way to share your flies with other locals in the area and give back to an organization that works very hard to help keep our fishing spots protected.

Fly Fishing Film Tour

We are selling the tickets to the Fly Fishing Film tour this year it is going to be shown Friday night April 16th. (This is the weekend of the Expo) We have been playing teaser videos in the shop so you guys could see what will be shown at the film tour. I understand that they are going to be giving away a fly rod, a guided trip on the South Fork with yours truly, (yup some poor soul gets to listen to me for a day on the river) and some other good swag like fly lines, leaders, and fly boxes.

Tickets are $12 and available right now!

You don’t want to miss this film tour it has some really great films being featured and some great fishing footage.

Photo Gallery

We are looking to update the photos on our Photo Gallery. We like photos that portray catch and release fishing. For example if you send us a photo of a big dead fish and the background is your house, don’t plan on that photo being posted. (Unless it’s a South Fork Rainbow.) Kidding aside we want some good quality photos of your adventures on the river and lakes that you fish! We will have a featured photo every month. Send us your photos and maybe you will be our next featured photo! All types of fly fishing photos is accepted, photos of flies, fish, friends fishing, etc. Send them to [email protected]


Today at Jimmy’s 3-10

Just a couple new items to talk about. Before I move to that subject, just in case you haven’t heard the fishing is really good right now. If you get a chance to get out, go catch some fish its good for the soul, and a good cure for that cabin fever.

We have received some pretty cool hair stacker’s from Montana Fly Co. Many of you have seen the the River Camo tying scissors and forceps. We now carry River camo hair stacker’s! They come in Rainbow, River Rock, and Brown trout. You can get these stacker’s in two different sizes, Small and Large.

River Camo Hair Stacker

We also have received a new tying tool from Dr. Slick called a dubbing tool. This tool has a half hitch tool on the end and on the tip has two different types of Velcro for picking out dubbing.


We also have some new metal tubes from Eumer Tube Fly Co. These are metal tubes that are great for tying streamers. They come in a package with cone heads and the tube included. All you need to do is attach the tube to your vise and tie your fly, add the cone head and your finished. If you have questions about tying tube flies call us or come into the shop and we will walk you through the whole process.


Today at Jimmy’s 3-8

Well its Monday morning and the sun is shinning and Jimmy and I are here at the shop. We both wish we could be fishing on this beautiful morning but someones gotta sell you guys all this stuff. I was looking at the weather report for the week and this would be a great week to dust off the fly rod put your waders on and hit the rivers. The average high temperature is going to be in low 40’s all week.

This last Saturday was a really good fly tying demo. We really enjoyed have Lawrence here tying. He did such a great job and really showed many of you the advantage of tube flies. Randy will be making DVD’s for the shop and you can come check them out.

Sale!!! We are have a sale going on with our Simms shirts. Buy one Simms shirt and get a Redington long sleeve shirt for free! We also have selected men’s cloudveil pants at 40% off retail price.


Today at Jimmy’s 3-5

We have Lawrence Stuemke coming to do a class tonight, and he will be tying for our Saturday Morning Demo. We still have a few openings in the class tonight. The class is for tube flies, and articulated streamers. Lawrence will also be doing a presentation tomorrow afternoon at 3pm on Fly Fishing in Mongolia.


Today at Jimmy’s 3-01

Not much going on today. Lots of people are getting out and fishing in this great weather. Cabin fever has hit Southeastern Idaho, and we have talked to many people who have been waiting for this nice weather to get out.

We have a really great class coming up on Fri. night. It is a tube fly class that will also go over some articulated streamers. I have mentioned this class before and wanted to remind you all about it. Call the shop to sign up and get more details.  We also have a few selected Simms Wading Boots on sale right now. There is still a really good selection of sizes but they will not last long. This is a good chance to save up to 40% on a new pair of felt soled wading boots. If you don’t want to make the change to rubber sole wading boots come get a pair of felt soled boots before they are all gone.


Today at Jimmy’s 2-27

I got the oppertunity to go fishing yesterday on the lower South Fork. We had a really good time and the fishing was pretty good. We found most of our success in the afternoon. Mostly nymphing and a small amount of streamer fishing. We didn’t see a soul until we decided to head back to the truck and passed some gear fisherman. Winter fishing is a lot of fun and the water is so crystal clear. It was fun to see fish suspended in the deep water.

Eric Beck Fishing in Feb.

Eric was kind enough to pose for me while I snapped this shot. We found most of our success in the tailout’s of the riffles. We also found good success in the deep eddy pools.

Winter time Cutthroat Trout

This Yellowstone Cutthroat fell victim to a squirrel streamer. Stripping streamers can produce some fish just remember to strip them really slow and let them sink to the bottom.

I had an interesting experience yesterday when I tried to cross the river three different times. Each time I tried to cross I put myself in a situation were almost went swimming. That would have ended my day of fishing really quick. The river looks low and slow but it is still very powerful. So be careful while fishing.


Today at Jimmy’s 2-25

Guess who’s back?

Jimmy G.

I am happy to to inform you that Jimmy has returned from his extended fishing trip to Mexico safe and sound. I will try and get him to post some photos of his trip and the big bonefish he caught down in Belize.

I am glad he is back cause when Jimmy leaves I get to watch the shop and I will let you in on a little secret…its a lot of work! We will continue our fly tying demos on Sat. mornings until the end of March. We have some really good tiers coming to show off their skills. Click here for the schedule.


Today at Jimmy’s 2-20

Just a couple things to update everyone. We have two special topics classes coming up the are going to be really good.

Lawrence Stuemke is teaching a tying class about tube flies, and articulated streamers. Tim Woodard is also teaching a class called Super Stoneflies. This class will cover the adult stage of stonflies, from the big Salmon fly down to the Yellow Sallie and the Skwala. Both of these classes are going to be really good and there will be many techniques and secrets shared. To find out more information call the shop or click here. To sign up call us and we will get your name on the list.