J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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

Mounting Jungle Cock Eyes & Streamer Cheeks

jungle cockGuest Blogger: Jim Murphy

I’ve been tying for about 8 years and had almost given up on mounting Jungle Cock eyes and cheeks to streamers until a friend took pity on me and shared a very simple but effective method of placing eyes and cheeks to prevent them from rolling or moving as they are tied in.

Using a the flat jaws of a pliers or tying vise  gently crush the stems to flatten them in line with the flat surface of the feather before mounting. The key word is “gently”. The point is not to completely crush the stem but rather flatten it slightly. This little “tip” can be used in many applications that require adding rounded stems of feathers to flat surfaces.

Day Trip – East Gallatin River

east gal 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

We have so many great trout destinations within an easy drive from Bozeman, that it is difficult to call any of them “Home Water”.  But if I was to say which river is my favorite, it would have to be the East Gallatin River.  It meanders some 40 miles from its headwater streams through the Gallatin Valley to its confluence with the Gallatin River near Manhattan, Montana (home of a famous Montana Steakhouse—Sir Scott’s Oasis).  More importantly, it shares little character, if any with the slightly larger and more well-known Gallatin.  While the Gallatin for most of its length is a rough and tumble canyon river with lots of challenging whitewater, the East is a low gradient, meandering valley stream fed by numerous spring creeks.  Access to the Gallatin is easy as the highways 85 and 191 parallel the river south to Yellowstone and there’s lots of public land.  The East on the other hand flows almost entirely through private ranch and farm land and there’s very limited public access via a few county roads.  Suitable for floating only with kayaks or canoes in its lower reaches, the wading angler may have many miles of river below the high water mark to negotiate between access points.  It averages about 60CFS during normal years, but has a small, meandering character that make fishing from a watercraft difficult. more…

Blue Jays

Blue Jay Flies size 1 resizeGuest Blogger: Eunan Hedron, Classic Fly Tyer, Eunan Blogs @ Addicted to Vise

One of the most striking feathers used for fly tying is that of the blue jay. These little blue and black barred feathers are used quite extensively for wrapping throats on many Irish trout and salmon flies, and can be use as whole feathers on the wings of various trout and bass flies, as described by Bergman and Marbury, among others.  more…