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.