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Today at Jimmy’s 11-04-2009

We announce our Saturday morning fly tying demos from their beginning on November 14th through the end of year 2009. Go to our fly tying demos page to view this part of the schedule.  Later this month we will announce our Saturday morning tying demos For January and into February, 2010.

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Today at Jimmy’s 10-22-09

October is probably my favorite month of the year! There are so many fun and exciting things to chase in October. Steelhead, Brown Trout, Pheasants, Ducks, Geese, and of course Elk and Deer. All the rivers and streams in the local area are fishing well. Due to the great water season we had this last winter flows have stayed steady allowing wonderful Blue Wing Olive hatches.

With winter knocking at our doorstep we have started beefing up our tying inventory. We have brought in some new material for the tying season. There is a new rabbit material for tying streamers called Bunnybou. It is a rabbit hide that resembles marabou in the water. we also have brought in Krystal Flash Chennelle and Baitfish Emulator. We have a full selection on colors and sizes for these new products! All of these new tying products have very many uses for tying flies. Stop by the shop today we would love to show you these new materials.

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Today at Jimmy’s 9-30-09

We have received some new Simms gear this week. We have a new hooded Softshell jacket and some new waderwick tops with our logo on the chest. We have also put most of our Cloudveil items on closeout. Come into the shop and check out our fall sale.

RIO has introduced a new line this year. The Trout LT line is taking the place of the Selective Trout II Line. The Trout LT is designed for Medium to Slow action rods, when soft presentation of small flies to picky trout is essential. The Trout LT line is available in the Olive/Cream color. Some suggested fly rods that work great with the new RIO Trout LT line is the Sage ZXL, Winston BIIt, and the Scott G2.

The RIO Gold Trout line has a new color this year. The Gold line is available in the Olive/Gold, and the new Orange/White color. RIO has introduced the two-tone fly line in the Gold and Trout LT.

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Today at Jimmy’s 9-23-09

Today we have put a lot of our clothing on the sale rack for closeout. We have clothes from Columbia, Simms and Cloudveil. We have some really great gear at some great prices up to 50% off! If you have needed some new fishing gear now is the time to take advantage of this sale.

Fly Tiers! We have put together a bag of goodies. We call it the Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler Grab Bag! There is about $25 worth of tying material in the Grab bag. We are selling the bags with tax included for $4! Sorry no peaking, or cherry picking! You will find these bags have great material in them and worth more than $4!

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Today at Jimmys 9-01-09

We are starting to see some of the new products that will be available beginning this Fall and into next year.

SIMMS is coming out with a line of insect repeling clothing named “No Fly Zone” next Spring. We’ll be ordering it this Fall to make sure we have a good inventory for next year.  We’ll have the new Sage XI3 rods in soon. They are made primarily for salt water and are light than the XI2 rods they are replacing.

We are going to reorganize our fly tying materials area late this Fall (after fishing and hunting slows down!) and bring in some new materials that we think will work for this area. We are always open to suggestions on what material to carry so feel free to recommend a material that you would like us to add.

This week we did add 11 new colors of Arizona Simi Seal. Simi seal as a wet fly/streamer  dubbing that we use on the bodies of nymphs, leeches, steelhead flies and streamers.

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Today at Jimmys 08-12-09

We are now stocking the Rio Max Plus tippet and leaders. It is a stiffer nylon than the Powerflex so it will turn over bigger flies easier. The leaders are 10 feet long and come in tippet sizes 3x to .013″.  The tippet spools also come in those diameters. For our area the best uses for Rio Max Plus material will be for streamer fishing, casting big bushy dries and steelhead fishing.

The steelhead counts are starting to look good for this Fall. There was quite a thermal block on the Columbia River through this weekend but the weather has cooled and the fish are moving again. We should see some fish by mid October like we had last year. We  have some new steelhaed patterns developed by John Stenersen that are tied by Riverborn Fly Company. Four of the new steelhead patterns are tube fly versions of some of his popular patterns. I like tube flies because they ride even in the water and you are not sometimes discovering that your fly has been riding upside down for who knows how long. I also  think I land a higher percentage of fish once I have them hook up because of they can’t twist the fly out of their mouths. If you have never rigged a tube fly just ask us and we can show you.

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Today at Jimmys 8-04-09

After too long of absense from our shop we are happy to have Peterson’s Liquid Cork floatant back on the shelf.  Its made locally by Lance Peterson and his floatant has a strong following. Its a very liquid floatant that works well on all kinds of dries – tiny sizes as well as big dries. For those of you that like to mix up white gas and mucilin I would suggest Lance’s stuff because its safer and works just as well. (Especially around cigar smoking flyfishers)

We are closing out our supply of the the Simms Felt Sole river sandals at $65.00 down from $89.95. We still have plenty of sizes. The new Simms sandal with the vibram sole has become very popular so its time for the felt models to go.

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Today at Jimmy’s 7-29-09

Last week we talked about Joe Allen’s double renegade. This week let’s look at another South Fork favorite with decades of popularity.  It’s Wes Newman’s super-X, and few flies have proven as effective there.  Wes took the old super renegade, first created in the late 1950s by Ardell Jeppson, and made changes.  Wes’s modification initially was to replace the central brown hackle with rubber legs tied diagonally to form a horizontal “X”.  Thus the super-X.  Later Wes replaced the rear grizzly hackle with gray Antron yarn.  Later changes by Wes and others were mainly in body colors.   Wes saw that his fly was most effective when swept slightly submerged close to overhangs, sweepers and undercut banks, then pulled back into the stream. Trout lying under these features would interpret it as an escaping food form and chase it.  Seeing that the super-X has never lost its effectiveness, we stock and highly recommend it.   We also thank Wes for his wonderfully effective pattern.

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Today at Jimmy’s 7-22-09

Summer season is in full swing here at the shop now that the South Fork has started fishing well. We usually get to the shop well before opening 9 am to get the shop ready for the day. Its really alot of fun working in the shop during the summer season. In additon to seeing many of the local anglers we see people from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries.

On a good water year like we have this year there are many other waters to fish than just the South Fork so it spreads fishing pressure. It also makes it difficult to choose where you want to go which is a good problem I guess.

We have brought in some new patterns this summer.  Some are completely new and some are just tweeks on older patterns. Years ago the double humpy was a standard for the Snake near Jackson.  It was tied and popularized by Boots Allen and a few years later made its way over the hill and was popular on the South Fork below Palisades. It was tied with an  orange or yellow body in sizes 4 through 8. We have expanded the colors and added olive and pink and tied it down to size 16. It will make a good terrestrial or sally pattern in the smaller sizes.  In the bigger sizes they have always produced along the banks or where two currents meet to form a seam.

One new item has arrived this week. It is the new Simms PBA-free aluminum water bottle. It holds 22 ounces and features Derek DeYoung art in either a rainbow or brown trout design.

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