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Today at Jimmy’s 12-02-08

Today we received the new Flight rods from Sage. The Flight is the redesigned Sage FLi. This rod has been updated from the Generation 4 graphite to the Generation 5 graphite. What this means is the Flight is a lighter, more responsive, and smoother casting rod. We have brought in a good selection of Flights for the Holiday Season.

I got to demo this rod last month. I was extremely impressed with the improvements that have been made. I always thought that the FLi was a “good rod for the money.” Many of you have probably heard me tell you, “can’t go wrong with a Sage, and the FLi is a great rod at a great price.” With all that said the Flight is far beyond what the Fli ever was. This rod is awesome! I really think that this rod is going to become a favorite amoung fly fisherman for a couple reasons. The rod is made of the same graphite that our $700 Sage Z-Axis, and ZXL rods are made from. They are lighter than the old model, they cast great, and they are half the price as our exclusive Sage rods.

If you are in the market for a new fly rod, maybe you have someone speacial you need a great Christmas gift for, or you are like me and can never have too many fly rods. Come down to the shop and cast the Sage Flight. You will be impressed with the upgrades from the FLi. If you love the FLi we still have some for sale at discounted prices.


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Today’s tying demo with Harley Reno is over and there was alot of interest in his South Fork of the Snake patterns. He also tied a couple of his Orkey crayfish flies that I have used with great success for smallmouth bass on Ririe reservoir and below American Falls dam on the main Snake River. 

There was also alot of interest in the vise Harley used called the Nor-Vise.  To that end he has offered to teach a class in January on how to use a Nor-vise. He will provide all of the vises and materials so you won’t need to by a vise to try the techniques specific to the vise. The cost of the class $25.00 and will be Saturday January 17th from 2:30 pm until 5:30 pm. Class size is limited to 6 tiers. We’ll post the date again on the web page along with several other special topic tying classes we are working on for the winter and spring.


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One of the duties we have in the shop each Fall is placing orders for the next year. Much of the inventory we recieve each year is placed 6 ot 8 months before its arrives into the shop. It is slow and tedious work and reminds me of writing a big term paper in college. We do this each Fall for 25 to 30 major companies that supply us. So 30 term papers later I’m happy to report that we are done for the Fall of 08.

We’ll keep you informed as some of the new items arrrive. Between now and Spring most of the new items will be tying materials.

This week we did get two new materials. We now have a bigger size of tungsten bead. They are 7/32″ (5.5mm) in 4 colors: gold, silver, black and copper. Tiers who needed a larger tungsten bead for streamers requested this bigger size.

We also brought in oval uni-tinsel in 4 sizes in both gold and silver. The Largartun varnished tinsel has jumped in price significantly so we decided to bring in another more econimcal oval tinsel for ribbing flies. We will still continue to carry larguatun tinsels and wires too


Today at Jimmy’s 11-24-08

The fishing has been really good on the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork. We have had many people coming into the shop sharing thier fishing stories from this past weekend. Idaho is such a great place in the fall. We have many oppertunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Many Idaho residents enjoy Steelhead fishing, chasing trout, and hunting. The hard working employees at Jimmy’s All Seasons Angler enjoy all types of outdoor activities. One of the favorite hunting activities we enjoy is bird hunting. Rollin is always shooting ducks and geese, and I started after the elusive pheasant this fall. Pheasants have completely consumed my free time this fall. This past weekend my new puppy Moose who is just over a year old got his first “wild” pheasant. It was a great weekend, I posted a photo because I am so proud of Moose.


We got some new items in the shop to help with your tying orginization. We received the “Spool Safe”. This item allows you to hold all your thread, copper wire, tinsel, and anything else thats is spooled on a big rotating wheel that will allow you to see and pull what you ned to tie with. We also received a “Tool Stadium.” This handy piece of equipment allows you to store all you tying tools in one easy location.


Today at Jimmy’s 11-20-08

Today we received our Buffs head wear order. We have expanded our selection on Buffs Head wear to accommodate more of our customers. Buffs head wear is a modified bandanna that is typically used as sun protection while outside. Buffs became very popular with saltwater fisherman while out on the flats boat, and have found popularity with freshwater fisherman in the last few years. Although a buff has many uses, I want to highlight a few of my favorite uses for the Buff.  During the summer you can use your buff as sun protection for your face as I mentioned before. One of the most popular ways is to put the buff up and over your nose and cover your ears. Than put your hat, and sunglasses on. This completely covers your face from the sun, and offers great UV protection. Buff provides two models to wear in the sun. The Original Buff and the UV Buff. Both models offer sun protection, but the UV Buff has 30 SPF and coolmax built into the fabric. Coolmax is a fabric that is breathable and keeps the skin cool at the same time. Another great Buff application is a bandanna around your neck. During those hot July and August days in the afternoon, take you buff off dip it in the river and put it around your neck. You will be surprised how quickly you will cool down. If you have ever used a Buff you will agree that after wearing one all day it is amazing how much better you feel at the end of the day. Your face isn’t fried and beat up from the sun.

Many of you might be wondering if a Buff is useful on days when the sun isn’t shining, and fishing in stormy weather. I personally use a buff everyday! Buff also has a model called the Polar Buff. This piece has multiple applications. It can be used for hunting, skiing, fishing, camping or hiking in cold weather. The Polar Buff has polar fleece attached to the bottom of it to help trap body heat, allowing you to stay warm while outside in the elements.

Come on down to the shop and see all of our new Buff designs. They make great gifts or stocking stuffers for anyone who loves the outdoors. We have a great selection to choose from including womens styles.


Today at Jimmy’s 11/19/08

Today has been a fun day. Around lunch time Jimmy left the shop to receive his bi-annual haircut. “It was a good move,” said Jim Sr. “He was starting to look like one of those hippies!” Jimmy looks really nice and clean cut. I joked with him that he is now BYU-Idaho approved. As far as appearance goes I really can’t say much since I started growing out my beard in early September. The original plan was to grow a beard until Moose (my fishing, and hunting partner) and I found, shot, and retrieved our first wild pheasant. We have had our chances this season but at no fault of Moose, we have yet to seal the deal… I’m just a bad shot! So the beard continues, at least until my wife tells me I need to cut it off.

on to the business side of the shop. We have replaced our Lagartun Oval tinsel with a more economic oval tinsel that is made by Uni-Thread. The reason we decided to make this change was becasue Lagartun raised the price to $8 a spool. We will still stock a small limited supply of Lagartun Oval Tinsel. As always if we don’t have exactly what you need we can do a special order. We also brought in a new landing net with an extendable handle that has a fish ruler built into the net. This is a nice feature becasue you will be able to see the “true” length of your fish without having to touch or remove the fish from the water.  These nets are perfect for any angler, and will make a wonderful Christmas Gift. They come in a boat, pontoon boat and wading size.


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I saw the weather forecast this morning. I couldn’t help but notice how unseasonably warm the weather will be. This is great if you want to get some end of the season fishing before winter rolls in.  Fishing on Henry’s Lake, The South Fork, and the Henry’s Fork are perfect places. All locations are fishing well, and the fish are eating in preparation for winter.

We also have a great sale going on at the shop.  The Sage FLi has been redesigned. We marked down all of the remaining FLi’s in the shop. This rod features generation 4 technology and is a great rod for every level of angler. As always the Sage FLi features the Sage Lifetime Warranty, a cordura rod tube. Come cast one today.

Our first fly tying demonstration was held on Saturday. Todd Lanning tied and showed us some of his favorite patterns. We will continue to hold these tying demos free to the public every Saturday until the middle of March. This is a great oppertunity to learn techniques and skills from some of the regions accomplished tiers.


Today at Jimmy’s 11-12-08

Tying season is almost here! Today we started putting together a special topics tying course. We will feature everything from foam flies, carp, nymphs, River specific flies, Steelhead flies, tube flies, Stoneflies, and Local Streamers. If you have any ideas or suggestions on a specific course that you would be interested in please feel free to let us know. We want to be able to offer as many specific tying classes that we can.

Don’t forget that we have Saturday Tying Demonstrations starting up this Saturday November 15. at the shop. Todd Lanning the General Manager of South Fork Outfitters will be tying this Saturday. He will be sharing some of his favorite patterns from the South Fork, and other local waters. This is a demonstration you don’t want to miss. Also be sure to check out our Tying Demonstration link on this webpage for the upcoming tyers to be featured at the fly shop.


Today at Jimmy’s 11-11-08

With the weather starting to get cold and winter moving in it is time to start tying flies again. We are offering two begining tying classes this fall. These classes start Tuesday Nov. 18 and Wednesday Nov. 19. The class goes for 5 consecutive weeks. We will be covering the basics of begining fly tying. The cost of the course is $35. We have tying kits available at the shop that are specifically designed to take this course. If you have a desire to learn how to tie your own flies this is a great oppertunity. We have limited spaces available so call the shop today to reserve your spot in the class.


Today at Jimmy’s 11-10-08

Today the new website has been launched! We hope you all like the new face lift. Not much has changed in the way of the information provided, only the presentation of that information. Including a great new looking website, there are a couple new features that you should all find more useful. One of the first things changed was the format of the fishing reports.  We now have the ability to archive all the fishing reports as they continue to accumulate over time. So if you want to know when the stoneflies hatched on the Henry’s Fork the prior year you can search the reports till you find the info you need. Another great feature in the fishing report is each piece of water we report on will have its ow separate page. This allows you acess and directly go to the information you desire. We will continue to stay on top of the fishing report as conditions change, like we have done in the past. As always if you need an up to the minute report you are always welcome to call the shop.

We will also continue to have updated information on Tying Demos, Classes, and events that are ongoing in the shop like we always have. We are going to keep “Today at Jimmy’s” updated, with things that are going on in the shop on a daily basis.

My favorite new feature is we now have a photo gallery for everyone to view and look at. We want you to send us your catch and release fish photos. All fish photos from around the world are welcome. We want to see your photos. Those can be emailed to [email protected], and we will post them on the site.

Hope you all enjoy the new website.