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Today at Jimmy’s 03-07-2009

After 17 consecutive weeks beginning in November today was our last Fly Tying Demo until next Fall. Boots Allen from Jackson, Wy was our featured tyer and showed us some great patterns that he uses both in Wyoming and Idaho.

We’ll have Boots back later this year for a book signing of his upcoming book about the Snake River being published by Amato Publishing.  He has another book being published by Pruett Publishing, also later this year, about regional fly patterns that have been developed for this region.

I want to thank Bruce Staples of our shop staff for scheduling and coordinating this winters great lineup of demonstrations. It was the most well attended schedule ever.  Thanks Bruce!

Two new materials have arrived this week. We now have ribbed tungsten scud/shrimp bodies in 4 sizes. You can tie the bodies onto either the shank or bend of the hook for different effects. We also brough in a new body materail for small nymphs and midges called mini sparkle braid. There are 12 different colors. It makes a great tag on steelhead and salmon flies too.


Today at Jimmy’s 03-03-2009

We have a lot of things going on at Jimmy’s right now. We have received some new tying material from Natures Spirit. Many of you who read this blog have heard me rant and rave about Natures Spirit before. There are many reasons why I continue to talk about this company. Bottom line, Natures Spirit produces some of the best tying materials available, period! We have received some new material here at the shop that made our jaws drop when we saw the quality of the material.

  • Whitetail Deer hair
  • Wild Turkey Barred Biot Quills
  • Stripped Wild Turkey Barred Biots
  • Ringneck Pheasant 6 Side Tails
  • Bleached and Dyed Peacock Sticks

We have also received 4 new colors of Blue Eared Pheasant. This material is used as a replacement for heron feathers.

As are continuing to bulk up our tying inventory and offer you more and more different tying materials. As we do this we have started to put multiple colors of the same material on the same peg. If you have a hard time finding a color, please feel free to ask any of us in the shop. Also remember if we don’t have it, we can check to see if we can get it! Speacail orders are at no extra cost to you, and we happy to help you.


Today at Jimmy’s 02-20-2009

We got our Scientific Angler spring order in today. We have the new Sharkskin Saltwater taper line, and a new assortment of sinking lines. We have a carry a large selection of Fly lines in the shop.

Tomorrow Dan Hurzler is doing our tying demo. Dan is an accomplished fly tier and fly fisherman. In the summer Dan guides on the South Fork and he also puts together the Carp Classic that is held every Spring on Blackfoot resevior. Dan will be tying some of his favorite carp flies, and some trout patterns. You won’t want to miss Dans presentation tomorrow it will be a packed house for sure. See you tomorrow.


Today at Jimmy’s 02-19-09

This week has been busy with work on the online store for our website. I have been working on it all week to try and get things lined up to go live on March 1st.  I am not promising we will be live with the online store at this time, but we are trying to make this our launch date.  The online store will consist of prefilled fly boxes, Jimmy’s apparel, and closeout deals. As we grow the site over time we will be adding new merchandise.

With the weather getting warmer make sure you have a fishing license before you go fishing. We offer Idaho, Montana and Yellowstone licenses for sale here at the shop. Yellowstone permits will not be available until the first of May. Also the tying expo is coming up in April. We have the blue fish here at the shop if you want to donate flies to the fish you are welcome to. The blue fish will than be auctioned off at the banquet. If you would like to tie a box of flies for the Expo we also have the fly boxes ready for you to pick up.


Today at Jimmy’s 02-13-09

John Stenerson is tying at the shop tomorrow starting at 10am. You will want to get here early to get a seat. John is an extremely talented fly tier. He will show us some great steelhead patterns, trout flies, and hopefully some of his well known CFO flies. John has lots of tricks and techniques that he is willing to share with you.

We also have many speacail topics tying classes available for sign up. Tim Woodard is doing a 6 Dry Fly patterns for the South Fork, Ken Betten is teaching a Steelhead tying class, Bruce Staples is teaching a Yellowstone Flies course, and John Stenersen is teaching a tube fly class. These classes are good way to help take your tying to the next level. Call the shop to sign up today.


Today at Jimmy’s 02-11-09

We have listed some new clothing items on Clearance this week. We have selected Simms, and Columbia fishing shirts on sale. We also have zip off fishing pants on sale as well. These items will not last long, take adavantage of our good deals this winter. We also got some new Whiting feathers in this week. We now carry Whiting Coq De Leon saddles,capes, and necks. The Coq De Leon Hen feathers are a soft feather and can be used for streamers, dry flies, and nymphs. They are very versitile and a must for every fly tier. We have various colors, come down and check them out.


Today at Jimmy’s 02-10-09

Winter returned to Idaho Falls last night. After some really nice weather with highs reaching into the upper 30’s we had some nice days to go fishing this last week. Jimmy went on Thursday, and I headed out on Saturday. Jimmy found success with a midge pupa, and I had the most success on a brown Pat’s rubberleg. I took my dog Moose with me, as usual. We walked the lower banks of the South Fork River. It was a lot warmer than I had expected. Between trying to keep Moose from pulling every stick out of the water to chew on, and navigating sketchy ice that has formed on the back eddy’s, we had some really good fishing. I was on the river for the majority of the afternoon, and to my surprise I didn’t see a midge hatch. I think that it is still a little early for the midges to be hatching in great numbers. Posted below are a couple photos from the afternoon on the river.
South Fork Brown TroutMoose and Tim Lower South Fork in Feb. 09Fish Kisses


Today at Jimmy’s 02-06-09

As we wind down another week of winter here at the fly shop. I can’t help but look forward to warmer days. My summers seem to fly by so fast that this winter really feels like it is dragging on. Mother Nature seemed to tease us this week with highs reaching close to 40 degrees and than plummeting down to single digits in the evenings. The positive side of things is that the mountains are receiving lots of snow. We should have a great water year this summer. Today we got a couple packages of Whitetail Deer Hair from Natures Spirit. This is a high quality deer hair that is typically used for spinning hair. They also have a select patch that is labeled as an all purpose hair. Natures Spirit is an extremely high quality material. If you have been looking for some really good deer hair, come down and check it out. You will be impressed.

Tomorrow Dave Brackett from Jackson, WY is tying in the shop. Dave is an accomplished fly tier. Dave spends a lot of time fishing the local waters around Jackson, including the Snake River, and Flat Creek on the elk refuge. You will not want to miss Dave’s demo.


Today at Jimmy’s 02-03-09

Well we have many projects going on at Jimmy’s. Right now we have put alot of womens clothing on clearance. Cloudveil and Columbia shirts are marked up to 50% off retail price. We also have select womens and mens Cloudveil Fleece, windstopper Jackets marked down as well.

Yesterday I took my dog fishing on the South Fork. We went with a couple friends and had a geat time. The temperature didn’t get above freezing but we were still able to hook into a few fish. Nymphing was the name of game yeaterday. The brown and orange Pats rubberleg was the hot fly.  I have posted a few photos of the trip below.

Mike Zebe winter fishingMy favorite fishing buddy, Moose!South Fork Brown Trout


Today at Jimmy’s 1/29/08

Winter time has really set in at Jimmy’s. All of us are looking forward to spring and sunshine. I mentioned to Rollin yesterday that I can’t wait to wear shorts and flip-flops to work again. With winter in full swing, you can tie flies, or venture out and try to fish. I prefer to tie flies. If you are interested in learning about tying we have lots of options for you this winter. We are offering multiple tying classes. Beginner, and speacial topics courses. Also we have our Saturday tying demo’s.

We received some new merchandise yesterday. We have this awesome new book titled “A Steelheader’s Way, Principles, Tactics and Techniques” by Lani Waller. This is a really informative book. It talks about all aspects of steelhead fishing on the fly, spey fishing included. We also received some new tubes for tying flies with tubes. We also got some new tying materials from Natures Spirit. In my opinion Natures Spirit produces some of the finest quality tying materials you can get! We have Golden Pheasant tails, Lady Amherst Tails, and some select CDC Tufts. Our last new item is a Fly rack for you vise. This is a foam fly holder that mounts on the stem of your tying vise.