J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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Heaven and High Water – Part I

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

For anyone planning a trip to Yosemite Valley in springtime, as I wrote sometime back the place is truly heaven on earth. There’s no flow regulation (no dams) in or above Yosemite streams, for one thing—it’s all natural runoff and snow melt. It’s a joy to need to be connected to Nature’s seasons in that way, but at the same time it takes some savvy, and a little prior data, to fish there. There are numerous fly fishing water options, including the Merced running through the valley, and Tenaya Creek, and Yosemite Creek, and Crane Creek down in the Foresta basin…and none of that even considers the high country (which won’t be accessible in the spring anyway). more…

Celebrate Our 3rd Anniversary w/ Free Shipping

It’s hard for us to believe that it’s been three years since we launched our blog, Thoughts On The Fly. Since then we’ve had hundreds of thousands of readers, developed a solid core of regular followers and published over 300 blog posts that offer handy fly tying and fishing tips, provide inspiration for our sport and celebrate the ‘fly fishing life’.

We are especially grateful to our solid core of guest bloggers, who give of their time and talent to make our blog a success.

To celebrate our anniversary we are offering all our readers Free US Shipping now through Friday, June 23. To qualify, shop online and insert promo code blogfs3 at checkout. You’ll get free economy shipping or save $5 on any international or upgraded shipping method. (One code per customer, not valid on previous orders, cannot be combined with other promo codes, expires 6/23/17.)

Shop now and get your free shipping, And, while you’re at it, why not consider becoming one of our guest bloggers. You can find out all about it here.

Here’s to another great year of blogging!

Fly Fishing – Under the Water

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

Why would anyone want to pursue trout with an underwater fly when you can’t see it and know when a fish might have it in his mouth? Because 90% of the trout’s feeding habits are under the water where they select insects off the stream bottom and hang around in opportunistic locations to pick off dislodged insects that lost their grip on the stream bottom. Trout also become very active when pursuing insects making their way to the surface to dry off their wings and begin the process of reproduction.

No question about it, fishing nymphs or wet flies under the water requires experience and a sixth sense to know when a fish has your fly in his mouth. I have watched trout create a vacuum to suck in nymphs then expelled them with force in a split second if it didn’t suit them. How does one know when a trout surreptitiously pulls in one of your underwater offerings? more…