J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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Tying the Evolution™ Stonefly

flymen Stonefly cropFlymen Fishing continues to expand their innovative line of fly tying products. And their recently introduced Evolution™ Tungsten Beads are available in a wide variety of styles, sizes and colors. Flymen is also introducing a series of flies featuring these new beads including the Evolution™ Stonefly. This realistic looking stone fly pattern was inspired by Kauffman’s Stonefly and is tied in a very similar way. The profile of this popular, proven stonefly pattern is now enhanced by using an Evolution™ Stonefly Tungsten Bead and barred rubber legs to create more action as the fly drifts across the river bed.

Use these Stonefly Tying Instructions to tie your own fly before they are even available from Flymen Fishing and get all the materials you need @ J. Stockard:

Hook: Curved Nymph/Stonefly Hook 3XL
Bead: Evolution Stonefly Tungsten Bead
Thread: Choose VEEVUS, UNI or Danville
Wire: Lead Wire
Rib: Vinyl D-Rib (small or midge size)
Antenna & Tail: Goose Biots
Wingcase: Turkey
Abdomen & Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear PLUS Dubbing
Legs: Barred Rubber Legs

A Lifetime Infatuation

Michael_Vorhis 2Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Author & Fly Fisherman, FreeFlight Publishing

There is a faded but curious family photo showing a three-year-old boy sitting on the rounded front fender of an axle-bound ’48-ish pickup truck. His little hands cradle a long stick from which hangs a piece of kite string down to the dusty back yard gravel. The little red wagon on which his siblings play rolls around behind him, but he is oblivious to their giggles, waiting with string touching the dry earth of the hilltop. He is fishing.
That was me. None of us really know why the sport of eternal optimism and eternal suspense took root so early in my heart. Was it a story told by my grandpa? I have to say I dragged a family of eight into the fascination, and to greater or lesser degrees we all remain a little transfixed to this day. That stick was the first fly rod I ever made, and despite the advent of thermo-resins and the beautiful wand I later hand-crafted and use today, the count of fly rods I’ve created has risen only a little in all the years since that proud scepter. I remember the satisfaction of sitting there on that fender, but don’t recall whether I caught anything. more…

Day Trip on the Upper Ruby River

cline upper ruby 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT
After weeks of big river fishing with streamers, I needed a break. So on a cool Tuesday morning in July I set off early for the headwaters of Stinking Water River (better known today as the Ruby River) in southwest Montana. The Ruby flows some 76 miles from its origins on the flanks of the Gravelly and Snowcrest Ranges to its confluence with the Beaverhead near Twin Bridges, Montana. Nestled in the valley between the two 10,000 foot mountain ranges, the main stem of the Ruby starts at a modest 6800 feet just north of the remote Centennial Valley in a lovely, willow filled meadow. Dozens of small streams flow into the Ruby near its headwaters as it grows on its journey down the Ruby valley. The Ruby got its name in 1877 for the prolific garnet finds in the valley.

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