J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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A Little Bounce, Part I

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Imagine you want a subsurface fly to lurk near the bottom along its drift, and that you’re amenable to employing a high-floating indicator to get that job done. You adhere to the reigning wisdom and place the indicator about 1.5 times the assumed depth, up from the point fly. You cast, but soon it hits a snag because the fly drifted across water more shallow than were your assumptions. Or you get no snag but also no fish, because the fly drifted across a great fish-holding hole that’s deeper than you’d thought. Or neither of those things happens because you know the depths like the back of your hand, but you must change the indicator’s position on the leader with every cast to a new location, drifting your fly only as far as that particular depth extends, and where the bottom drops off slowly on a slope, you just pick some depth and hope for the best. more…

A Wise Man Once Quipped

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Wise and successful men (and of course women) often have much to say. Often the rhetoric seems endless, pointless and for the most part ignorable. Occasionally the wise, successful and experienced man shares their experience, passions and timeless insights with the masses. Such was the case with this gentleman. A man who grew up in Iowa and Oregon, learning how to fish and making it a life-long passion. A man who became a prominent mining engineer who made significant contributions to global mining industries in the early 20th century. Throughout his life he fished for both trout and saltwater species, and as he entered his last few years on this earth, this man saw fit to tell us the essence of fishing in his own words. After years of public service and retirement, this man was convinced by an associate to tell us about fishing. In his own words, he had this to say (among other things) about fishing. more…

Plecoptra –The Stoneflies

By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10470719

By Walter Siegmund (talk) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10470719

Guest Blogger: Clay Cunningham, Cody WY, Former National Park Superintendent

I am primarily a nymph fisherman. I fish all the well known nymph patterns that many fishermen have used, because aquatic insects in their development stages under water make up the highest percentage of trout food sources. Among my favorites are the stoneflies. Stoneflies require highly oxygenated water and their presence in any stream or river is a bio-indicator that the water is uncontaminated and oxygenated. The oxygenation is a result of swift water absorbing oxygen through its rapid runoff motion. Most stoneflies nymphs breathe through their skin, or through wispy filaments on the side of their segmented body. Therefore, stoneflies cannot survive in motionless water . They cannot absorb oxygen in a motionless environment. more…