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Today at Jimmy’s 4-28

Shop Talk

We had a great class on Monday evening with Charles Jardine. He taught a class on Czech Nymphs and Soft Hackles. We stayed up late into the evening learning as much as we could from Charles. He showed us the “proper” way to tie a soft, and how to correctly put dubbing on a hook. Minus my strong thick coffee we had a great time.


We have a great sale going on with our Simms Fishing shirts right now. Buy one selected Simms Fishing shirt and receive a free Reddington shirt. We have also received all of our new Cloudveil and Columbia softgoods. Come check out all the new gear for the upcoming season.


I am teaching a streamer class tomorrow night that still has a few spots open in it. Also we are taking names and phone numbers for a beginning tying class. We would like to do one more session before the summer. Call the shop to get registered.


Today at Jimmy’s 4-21

We have a very special announcement!!!!!

Charles Jardine is going to teach a special topics class Monday evening at the shop. All materials will be provided by the shop, and the course will be free. Here is the catch, this class is limited to only 8 people. Its a first come first serve deal. Call or come into the shop and get your name on the list you do not want to miss this class!


Charles is stuck in Idaho until April 29th due to the Volcano in Iceland. He has graciously offered to teach this class here at the shop. He will be teaching soft hackles and fishing techniques. This class is for intermediate fly tiers. Students will need basic tying tools and some 6/0 or 8/0 thread.

I went fishing on Monday with Charles and he wrecked shop with his soft hackle fishing technique. Charles easily caught 3 fish to my 1. He is an excellent angler and knows how trout act and feed. I can’t express the amount from knowledge you will learn from this class. Since its free what do you have to loose?

Hope to see you all there!



Today at Jimmy’s

Shop Talk

I got to go fishing up in Montana this last weekend. We had a great time when the weather was warm. Fished on Saturday and got blown off on Sunday. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley it is a magical and wonderful place to fish. The scenery alone is worth the trip. Here are a few photos from the trip.


The Yellowstone River


Yellowstone Sculpin


The Flies

Spencer W. Yellowstone Brown Trout

The Final Result!

New Merchandise

We have received some new fly tying materials. First thing you will notice when you walk over to the thread rack is we have redesigned it and moved things around. Also we have added 62 new types of spooled material. Thread, tinsel, and wire. Among the new spooled items we have added the Montana Fly Midge Body Thread. This thread allows you to tie midges with a sparkle body made, helps you keep the body nice and sparse. We also got some Uni-bobbers they are Thingamabobbers built small enough to use as a post for tying. Shark Tooth tippet cutters are also available for purchase.


The expo is this weekend and we will have a booth. Workshop sign up will still available here at the shop until Wed. We also have tickets to the Fly Fishing Film Tour still for sale until Wed. After Wed. you can sign up and purchase Expo items at the Shilo Inn.


Today at Jimmy’s 4-09

Shop Talk

We got a new shipment of trout beads. We have received some new Simms Fishing shirt and have a sale on them right now. Buy one selected Simms fishing shirt and you receive a Redington long sleeve sun shirt for free. Its a great deal come in the shop and check it out.

I posted this in the South Fork Fishing report and feel I need to post it here as well:

If you don’t like catching whitefish and you find yourself in a whitefish hole, just move. The trout and whitefish are not mixed this time of year and the trout are not as active as the whitties. I have been hearing a lot of customers tell me that people are killing whitties by throwing them on the bank. Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler does not encourage this type of behavior! Whitefish have just as much right to be in the river as Cutthroat because they are native fish. Whitties are not competitive with trout, they just happen to eat the same food and are actually considered a part of the trout family.  You will be ticketed and fined if you are caught by fish and game doing this. I can’t imagine any of our customers would think of doing this but we have had enough customers come in and talk about it I felt I needed to talk about it.

Most of us view whitefish as a trash fish, but they deserve the same respect as trout. Sure they don’t fight as hard and are easy to catch, but they eat the same thing as trout, they taste good and also indicate a healthy river system. You can actually have fun catching whitties try sight fishing to them, try getting them on a streamer…they eat those! Try catching the big ones you see swimming on the bottom. If we can bring ourselves to chase Carp, why do we turn our nose up at Whitefish? If you have something to say about this post comment on it.


The fly fishing expo is next week. Come say hi at our booth. We will have selected Flies on sale from Rainey’s Fly Company, and some of our new fly tying product displayed that we have mentioned in previous posts.


Today at Jimmy’s 3/29

Shop Talk

Jimmy went fishing this weekend. He had two really good days on the water. Come into the shop and ask him about it. Rollin is waiting for UPS to show up, and I am updating the website and writing material orders for the upcoming Fly tying Expo. Just another Monday here at the shop sorry for the boring blog post this morning. However here are few reminders that are coming up in the near future.

Tying Classes

Spots are still available for my Killer Bead Head Nymphs and Super Streamers Class. The Killer Bead Class is this Thursday and the Streamer class is on the 22nd of April.

Fly Fishing Film Tour

We have tickets for the Fly Fishing Film Tour on sale. The film will be shown at Eagle Rock Auditorium on April 16th. Tickets are $12.


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.