J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

Welcome to the J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog. We’re here to share advice, how-to’s and news about fly tying and fly fishing.

Have You Watched LOON Live Yet?

loon logo 2013 2Loon Outdoors is one of our top selling brands. Their great selection of fly fishing accessories and fly tying tools and supplies offers outstanding quality that is true to their mission….

Loon Outdoors exists to make the best products, to protect the environment, and to support our community.

Loon’s owners, Alan Peterson and Brett Zundel call it “fishing with a conscience” and every product they sell meets this goal. In addition to offering great products Loon has recently launched LOON Live, a weekly interactive online fly tying demo to provide you with new patterns, tips and tricks, while better teaching you how to use their products.

There’ll be a LOON Live Event today @ 6PM PST. Why not go ahead and register now @ LOON Live. You can also access all their archives as well.

Matt, the Mentoring Continues

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

Just about every year now, my second cousin Matt visits me in Montana for a few days of fishing. Matt lives in Auburn, Alabama and has a budding career in the technology sector. His grandfather and my uncle Fred was an avid and very adept angler. Fred was my mother’s youngest brother, one of seven siblings all born or growing up in depression era Alabama. Raised in Birmingham, Fred grew up in a steel town where his older brother John and most of John’s brother-in-laws worked in the mills. He learned to fish for catfish, brim and bass from his brother John in flimsy boats on the Warrior and Coosa Rivers in the company of rough men. Although Fred to my knowledge never became an avid fly fisherman, his brother John was. As very young kid visiting Alabama in the 1950s I remember seeing these marvelous hand painted bass poppers made out of cork and feathers in John’s basement. Fred survived WW II as a B-25 flight engineer and returned to Alabama to start a life. He eventually got an engineering degree from Auburn University and had an extremely productive career with NASA and the space program in Huntsville where he lived the remainder of his life.

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Young Matt

Rocket ships may have been his day job, but fishing was something Uncle Fred loved to do. He knew where and when to find the fish—brim, crappie, catfish and his favorite “stripe”. When I was first stationed in Alabama at Maxwell Field in Montgomery in the mid-1970s, Fred always made me feel welcome and took me fishing anytime I could find my way to Huntsville. He was always teaching me about fishing and telling me stories about the good ole days, many of which I heard repeated dozens of times. When I went to Alaska in 1975, it wasn’t long before I was inviting Fred to join me there for some salmon and trout fishing. For a few short weeks, I was the teacher. When I finally returned to Alabama in 1991 his grandson Matt was now tagging along on some of our fishing trips. Matt had the makings of a fine angler from an early age because he really wanted to learn how to catch fish like his grandfather and never stopped asking questions. more…

Nano Silk – World’s Strongest Thread?

semperfli-nano-silkWhen we first heard of Nano Silk thread and the maker’s claims of amazing strength, we were confused. A super strong silk? Maybe spun by super silk worms born on Krypton and brought on Superman’s rocket in the 1940’s? No – turns out, this product is not silk at all but fine, stranded GSP thread from SemperFli in the U.K.

Eager to learn more, we had an interesting email exchange with the man behind this intriguing product, Andy Kitchener. To learn more you can meet Andy and watch his demo of Nano Silk right now!

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