J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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Classic Trout Fin Wet Flies

trout fin kineoGuest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan blogs @ Addicted to Vise
Trout Fin Flies accurately represent the pectoral (and other) fins of, in my opinion, the most beautiful of the trout species, Salvelinus fontinalis, the veritable Brook Trout. In times of told, fishermen used to clip the fins off brook trout and impale them on hooks as bait. I suppose as time went on, the ingenuity of the fly fisherman took over and he developed wet flies to imitate the brook trout fin using dyed feathers. When I first saw these flies, I was immediately enamored with them, and since then I’ve tied them many times over, for myself and for other collectors. more…

Counting Fish – Montana’s Fishing Log Program

counting fish 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT
It’s a common set of questions in our fly fishing world. How was the fishing? How many did you catch? How big?, what kind?, where? Of course we provide answers—exaggerations, understatements, misinformation and occasionally the truth. In fact, truthful answers to these questions are useful to those who are charged with managing the resource. As early as 1951, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks used angler’s logs to help manage fisheries in the state. Mandated assessments of water quality and research on Whirling Disease have benefited from data collected from angler’s logs. Today there’s a formal Fishing Log Program where anglers from around the state maintain a record of their catches in a small waterproof log provided by the department. Collected at the end of each season, the data from the logs is compiled into a comprehensive summary detailing the collective fishing activity of those participating in the program. I’ve been keeping a Montana Fishing Log since 2009 and have my logs for each year since. The department returns the logs to anglers each January with a new, empty log for the coming season. Even visiting out of state anglers are encouraged to participate.

A Forgiving Fishing Friend

Elk_Hair_CaddisGuest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing
Over the years I’ve made a lot of mistakes on the stream–missed strikes, poor leader or tippet choices, stepping without looking…saw one fly box try to make a downstream bid for freedom….

So it’s no wonder that I might hold a soft spot in my heart for one particular fly that has been very forgiving.  It’s a dry, and the first one I tend to think of when I consider fishing on top.  No, it’s not of the classic British Isles mayfly fascination, nor is it fair and refined, nor does it carry a blue-blooded Catskill-esque name.  I’m talking about the rugged little dry fly born of the North Woods, the dry fly for the Common man.

It’s the Elk Hair Caddis. Here are four good reasons why I call it “forgiving”: more…