South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Fishing Season Is Here

Not much of winter is left, meaning fly-fishers are getting out to shake off cabin fever. For sure access is currently limited because of remaining snow and ice, but each day a bit more opens. Another sign of the times is the shop receives increasing calls and emails asking for access information and ” where to find action.” Therefore we are beginning our fishing reports to answer  increasing inquiries. We begin with information on the Henry’s Fork, the South Fork, and the main stem Snake River. When access becomes practical to other waters we will post such information here.  So keep our fishing report in mind because it will offer increasing information on access and fish activity.



4th of july 2015

Jimmy’s will be open on the 4th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone who needs some advice, flies, licenses, or even some new fishing gear.


Today at Jimmy’s

Our icon rivers are in great shape and offering good to outstanding fishing. Because of those great conditions, they are crowded with eager fly-fishers.  If you are looking for a fishing location offering a greater chance of solitude, go to the Articles section on our web site. There you will see numerous alternative candidates.  If any attract your interest, get in touch with us so we can supply up to date details on conditions.


Basic Two-Handed Casting Class


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We are excited to host a two-handed rod class with instructors Mike McCune and Whitney Gould. Both are well known in the two-handed world and will be in Idaho Falls in mid May to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for this style of casting.

The class is directed at the beginning to intermediate level caster. It will cover a variety of casts, line tapers, and familiarize you with a lot of the two-handed rod terminology. Mike and Whitney will teach you which cast is best based on wind direction, casting room, and which side of the river you are fishing from.

We recommend bringing your own tackle, however tackle will be available for anyone not having a two-handed outfit. We’ll be in the water (shallow wading), so hip or chest waders are needed.

There are two dates to choose from: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th.  Both classes start at 9 AM and continue into the afternoon with a break for lunch. Class location, TBD, is on the Snake River near Idaho Falls. Class size is limited to 6 casters to ensure as much individual instruction as possible from Mike and Whitney.

Class fee is $200.00 per student and includes lunch.  Please call the shop (208-524-7160) to reserve a space, for more information, or if you have any questions.



Lost Drift Boat

On Tuesday, 3/17 Chad Hill lost a white, 12 ft Don Hill drift boat  with 2 Sawyer oars inside.  It fell off his trailer somewhere on US Highway 20 between Teton and Highway 33. Please keep your eyes open for this. If you have any info on this boat, contact Chad at 208-351-7036.


Today at Jimmy’s 12/5/14

As many of you know, we have been remodeling for the past few weeks here in the shop. Well, we are finally finished! The shop is looking great and just in time for our weekly fly tying demonstrations. We had Gary Barnes tie in the shop last week and this week Greg Messel will be tying for us. Greg will also have a knot tying workshop at the end of his tying demo that is free and available for anyone who wants to participate. This will be a great chance to polish your knot tying skills, you may even learn a new knot or two. The demo will start at 10 A.M. and go into the afternoon. We hope to see you all there!


Gregg received a Lee Wulff Garcia fiberglass fly rod on his tenth birthday. It’s still in his rod collection.  He grew up fishing for panfish and bass in Indiana while dreaming of trout fishing in the West.  He caught his first trout at age 16 in Rocky Mountain National Park. He was hooked!  He began tying flies in 1972 for catching Missouri hatchery trout while attending college.  The same year he obtained a copy of Garcia’s fishing annual and began dreaming of fishing Montana rivers featured in that magazine. In 1973 he was off to Montana to sight see and fly fish. Now hooked even more deeply, he vowed to retire there, and meanwhile increased his fly fishing experience by fishing around our great country and in Europe. His vow came true when he settled in Three Forks in 1990.  His flies are easy to tie and effective. He titles his demo “Fun with Foam.” So bring your notebooks and questions and enjoy Gregg’s first demo at Jimmy’s. But that’s not all Gregg will do at Jimmy’s on Saturday, December 6th.


Saturday, December 6th Knot Tying Workshop with Gregg Messel

After his Saturday, December 6th tying demo at Jimmy’s, Gregg Messel is offering a hands-on knot tying workshop at Jimmy’s. It will begin about 2 PM and last a few hours. Attendance is “First Come, First Served,” up to the first fifteen entries. Gregg will supply old fly lines on which to practice knots, but if you have one of such experience, bring it. There is no fee for this workshop, but Gregg suggests considering a contribution to the Snake River Cutthroats.


New Lorenzo Ramp Open!

The new Lorenzo boat ramp is now open! This will be a big improvement over the old ramp and will provide use for years to come. The old ramp is now demolished an unusable. The new ramp is located about 1/2 mile downstream from the old one on river left (opposite side from old ramp). Access to the new ramp is off the Menan/Roberts exit off Highway 20.


New Jacket from Simms and Tacky fly box

Couple new things to show you all today, first we have a great new Jacket from Simms the “Kinetic Jacket”. This is an awesome new jacket from SImms that has a combination of Primaloft insulation and Polartec fleece. This is going to be a great fall fishing jacket that really is built bulletproof. Come down into the shop and check this jacket out.


We also have a really cool new fly box in from Tacky fly fishing. These boxes use silicone instead of foam and have small offset slits to slide the hook into. With silicone, flies wont move or fall out of place. Unlike foam, the silicone will last for a very long time and never stretch/wear out. This is the perfect fly box!


tacky box