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Today at Jimmy’s 1-26-09

We a had another good tying demo on Saturday with Tracy Mobley from Rigby as the tier. Tracy tied a variety of stuff that he uses on the Henry’s Fork and othr Spring Creeks.

In addition to two great back to back snow storms this weekend here in Eastern Idaho( more water for this summer) we received several  new fly tying materials from Nature Spirit. We have carried their hides, dubbings and feathers for over 12 years and I think they are the highest quality you can find.  Some of new items include 8 colors of Spey Hackle for Spey flies. This is goose shoulder and is different than Schlappen. It looks and ties more like a Heron feather.

Six colors of Select Ozark Barred Turkey Quills that can be used for nymph casings and hopper wings. Nature Spirit has put together their Super Spinning Combo that has 8 colors of spinning hair. The final items are large white bucktails they call Big Bucktails. They will tie the longest saltwater fly you that you want.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-22-09

As promised we have some of our special topic classes scheduled. To look at the list go to our classes page on the web site. Also if you have an idea for a class that you would like to take let us know.  Many of our best class ideas have come from folks interested in a specific topic or group of fly patterns.

This week we received two new spey rods from Echo Rods. Both are designed by Dec Hogan.  Both are designed to fish longer lines on bigger rivers. The new models are a 14′ 6″ for a #7 and 15′ for a #8.

We also received the new Tibor Spey Reel. Its one of the prettiest reels I’ve ever seen.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-19-09

We have scheduled the first of several special topics flytying classes beginning with a Fly Patterns of Yellowstone Park with Bruce Staples on February 7th. In the weeks following there will be classes on Tube Flies, Steelhead patterns and also Spring Creek Patterns.

In March we have two dates set for Rod Building. The first class is March 14 and the second class begins on the 28th. On March 21st we have a full day Spey casting class slated.

For more details and a complete list go to the classes page on our web site.

New items into the shop today include two items to help organize your tying table. One is the “Rib Runner” that stores and dispenses tinsels and ribbing material. The other item is a Thread Storage Rack that holds 24 spools. It looks like you can even stack two spools per dowl and double the capacity.

We also received four new Zap adhesives. All four have a specific uses that range from flytying, to on stream repairs or simply coating knots for added strength.

Finally the last item is a table top magnifier from Daylight. If you already have a tying lap this is magnifier that comes with its own pedestal so you can place it wherever you need on the table.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-16-09

We have put a bunch of clothing and gear on sale this week. We have selected items from Fishpond, Cloudveil, Simms, and Columbia marked down to great prices. Come down to the shop and check it out.

Last week during our tying demonstration the power went out at 12:15pm and put an end to our Saturday tying demos. Troy Allgood has offered to come back and finish his demo that was cut short. We had a good crowd show up and they were all very interested in what Troy was tying. We will keep you posted when Troy will be doing his demo again.

Tomorrow Nick and Stephanie Jones will be doing the tying demonstration.  They are from Utah. Stephanie is famous for her homemade cookies that she hands out at the Expo. She also ties for Raineys Fly Co. Nick is a sales rep for fly fishing products. They are both very talented tiers and will have a lot of skills that you will want to witness for yourself.  The demo starts at 10am and will wrap up around 1pm. Hopefully we won’t have an technical difficulties like last week. I promise the coffee will be hot!


Today at Jimmy’s 1-15-09

Lately a lot of films have been coming out in the fishing industry. This has been a new trend that has been gaining popularity during the last few years. The difference between the types of films being produced lately is that they are not instructive. Many of us are familiar with the how to tie flies, and the how to fly fish videos. Some of you may have learned how to tie flies and fly fish from these videos. The new films that I am referring to are actually short films. Maybe you have heard of the Trout Bum movies? A bunch of guys with a lot more time on their hands than myself and a lot more money, travel all over the world fishing for trout and capture it on film. In the end it make a really fun video to watch.

We have received many new DVD’s in the last few weeks. Both instructional and Informational. We are actually having a hard time keeping them stocked on the shelf. Some of the more popular ones have been “Drift” a film put together by Tom Bie, editor of The Drake, and “Raising the Ghost.” This is a Flyboys Film, they travel to British Columbia and fish for steelhead by dead drifting Green Drakes. We have a lot of other titles as well. Come down to the shop and pick up a DVD today, I promise it will help you forget those winter time blues for awhile.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-13-09

Today at Jimmy’s we got a new issue of The Drake. We have thirty copies of this issue in stock right now. I suspect we will need to reorder in about a week. This year there will be three issues of the Drake. Whenever the Drake shows up in the shop we are excited to read it from cover to cover. “Ask Trask,” is Jim Sr. favorite column. I have heard him mention many times, “that’s one smart dog!”

We also got a new piece of equipment for fly tying. It is called a Hands Free Magnifier. It is magnifing lens that inserts into a head band, allowing your hands to be free and tie flies. It comes with an “one size fits most” adjustable headband, and two magnifying lenses.

I got out fishing yesterday afternoon on the South Fork. It was nice to actually get out and cast a fly rod. I haven’t fished since October. I didn’t catch much and the fishing was slow. I was hoping to see some fish rising on midges, unfortunately I missed the hatch. Regardless Moose and I had a nice afternoon walking the banks of the river. I think Moose had more fun than I did, but that’s what typically happens when you take your dog to the river.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-09-09

As winter is really starting to get to a lot of us I have some good news. We have gotten all of our Saltwater Flies in for the year. So start planning your topical fishing vacation and come check out our new saltwater patterns. One of my favorite new patterns is the “Bearded Clam.” I like this fly because it looks like a clam, perfect for catching bonefish and permit, not to mention it has a beard!

Tomorrow Troy Allgood is tying for our Saturday Demonstration. Troy is an accoplished fly tyer from St. Anthony. He speacailizes in Henry’s Fork patterns. I have always beleived if it works on the Henry’s Fork than it should work everywhere. He does a lot of Harrop’s patterns and is a very talented tyer. This is a demo you don’t want to miss. We start at 10am. Hope to see you all there.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-08-09

Today Jimmy took Jim Sr. fishing and left me here to man the shop. Today would have been a great day to fish with the warm spell of weather we are having. I am sure they are having a great time. I will have Jimmy give you an update later.

Today we received a new style of Buff Headwear. It is the Insect Shield Buff. This product has all the UV protection and coolmax features much like its brother the UV Buff. The only difference is that it comes with an Insect shield that allows you to fish but stay protected from mosquitoes, ticks, black flies, and so on. Buff Headwear continues to impress me with their innovative styles and features. Remember that buffs are not only for fishing. They can be used for hunting, camping, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. Basiclly any sport you enjoy outside and what to protect your face the buff will help you do it. If you still haven’t had a chance to check out the buffs come on down and we will tell you all about them.


Today at Jimmy’s 1-07-08

We are having some crazy weather in Idaho Falls this new year. It is close to 40 degrees outside right now, and on Sunday it was -10 when I started my truck that morning. Winter fishing can be really productive on the local rivers that remain open year around. You really have to pick your days. For example today would be a good day to go fishing if you don’t mind the wind. By the time the weekend rolls around, it will be pretty cold again and fishing will be limited to ice fishing on the local reservoirs.

Today Jimmy reorginized our C&F Box display. We have received at least 10 new C&F boxes. Along with the boxes we have received alot more inserts to customize your C&F Box. Come down and check out the new boxes. We still have a few Sage Fli’s marked $50 off retail price. Sage has discountinued the FLi and replaced it with the new Sage Flight. The FLi’s still carry Sage’s awesome warranty, and include a rod tube.


Today at Jimmy’s 01-06-09

Wow it 2009! This is my first day back at work in 2009! Well not much has been going on as far as a lot of costumer’s coming into the shop. This time of year many of customers are coming in to tie flies, and get materials. This gives us the opportunity to work on getting prepared for the upcoming fishing season. Today Jimmy spent all day working on reordering the tying materials that sold from the past weekend. I have been working on a new addition to our web page. We are in the process of building an online shop. Even though we don’t have record breaking sales during the winter time, we stay busy constantly working on our winter projects.

Today we got and new Dr. Slick item, it is the Twisted Loop Clamp. This pair of hemostats has a new design in the finger hold handle. We also got some new books in the shop.

  • Reflections of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, by Bruce Bischof
  • Of Wind and Tides, by Stu Apte
  • Changing Planes, by Kathy Scott
  • Fly-Fishing Guide to the Olympic Peninsula, by Doug Rose
  • Tying Dry Flies, by jay Nichols

As promiseed we will continue to keep you updated on new merchandise and tying materials we get into the shop.