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Today at Jimmy’s 6-5-10

An update/reminder for South Fork-Snake River fly-fishing fans and anyone interested in area fly-fishing.  Boots Allen will be in the shop, Saturday, June 12 beginning 10 AM to sign copies of his recently released book “Snake River Fly Fishing: Through the Eyes of an Angler”.  Boots will also tie examples of flies featured in the book, give presentation thoughts for them, answer questions on the content of his book, and offer angling strategies  for the Snake River.  We have a good stock of these books on hand, but if you cannot be at Boot’s book signing, come in to buy a copy and leave ideas on how you would like him to personalize your book.  Then come in for the book at your convenience.

Looking for a great Father’s Day gift?  This book would work just fine!


Today at Jimmy 6/1

I got out and fished the Box Canyon yesterday with my family and some friends. Took my daughter Paisley on her first float down the river.

I flipped over a rock and found a healthy population of stonefly nymphs about ready to hatch.

This is why we fish rubberlegs all the time. Stonefly nymphs are a constant supply of food for the fish in the river. As much as the fish like them, I am almost convinced that Paisley likes them more.

(What the heck is this?)

What do you think: do I have a river bum in the making?


Today at Jimmy’s 5/24

Shop Talk

We have all been getting out and fishing this past week. Rollin has been on the Henry’s Fork everyday he has off. Jimmy has been chasing warm water fish, and I have been getting out when I can. I am getting out tomorrow to fish the South Fork, I’m planning on chucking streamers looking for some hungry brown trout. General Season opens this Sat. and we all are excited to go fish our favorite streams and sections of river that have been closed all winter.

Speaking of the holiday weekend we have received Yellowstone Park Licenses. Come down to the shop and get yours early to beat the rush for opening day on Saturday. If you get some good pictures while your out this weekend send them to the shop we need to beef up our photo gallery. Have a great Week and Holiday!


Today at Jimmy’s 5-18-10

We have on hand a large stock of Boots Allen’s  just released book Snake River Fly Fishing.  This is the first major book to describe fly fishing on the upper Snake River including the South Fork reach from Palisades Dam to the Henry’s Fork confluence.   Within, Boots discusses angling strategies, effective fly patterns, personalities, and natural history.  Whether you enjoy fishing the South Fork  reach or the river above  Palisades Reservoir, this definitive book will have  information that will enhance your angling experience.

Mark  Saturday, June 12th on your calendar as a day to be at Jimmy’s.

Here’s why:  Beginning at 10:00 AM, Boots Allen will be at the shop to sign copies of Snake River Fly Fishing and tie  flies featured within.  For sure he will discuss the contents and give fly fishing tips for the upcoming season. Looking for a great Father’s Day gift?  This book fits the bill!

Boots Allen

Can’t be at the shop during this event? Come in beforehand to obtain a copy, leave instructions on how you want Boots to sign it, and pick up at your convenience.


Today at Jimmy’s 5/7

Shop Talk

Rolling went Fishing last Sat and got blown off the water while he was looking for Carp. Jimmy went out on Wed. and had some fun fishing for Bass, but he also saw some major wind. I get to go fishing this afternoon and there is no wind! HA, don’t ask me how it worked out this way but I am happy it did!

New Merchandise

We have got some really neat stuff for tying nymphs its called Flash Back. Its a Hareline product and is mostly used for wing cases on bead head nymphs and stoneflies. We have 14 different colors to choose from which opens up tons of possibilities for this product.

We also have this new product that I am actually really excited about. The boys over at Flymen Fishing Company (they produce the tungsten nymph head beads) have a new product out called Fish Skulls. These are weighted heads for streamers. Works like a conehead or a beadhead for weighting your streamer but is attached differently.


Quick-and-simple to tie, this latest innovation in fly tying offers fly fishermen an exciting alternative to using old-style dumbbells or cones to weight their flies. The Fish-Skull™ has unique design features making it a very versatile platform for tying a wide variety of realistic, weighted streamer patterns using natural or synthetic fly tying materials.



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.