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.

Cutting Guides for Fly Tying

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss

If you tie a lot of flies that have bodies made of stranded materials like wool or chenille, cutting lengths of material for each fly can be a bit problematic. If you cut too long a piece, there’s waste. Yet if you get too stingy, and come up short, it’s even more of a problem.

One commercial tyer I knew actually dispensed chenille straight from the card to the hook to avoid wasting material. The logic is obvious. When I tried this method, however, I found it awkward in the extreme. It just didn’t seem worth it to save a few inches of chenille. more…

Hey Buddy – Your Fly Is Down!

Guest blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Being 67 years old, I can freely admit that I’ve walked around with my proverbial fly down more than once. My wife never fails to notify me of my predicament. Of course when your fly is down, it can easily be attributed to absent mindedness. Many an old timer here in Montana has suggested that keeping your fly down under your waders helps expedite things in cold weather. more…

The River Will Teach You If You Watch

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria

I am a scientist. Years of training have engrained a habit of being observant. Many times small observations make or break an experiment. It was natural for me to apply this to trout fishing. Friends and family laugh when they see me walk a stream shore. I am always stumbling on something as I am looking at the water for fish or structure. It’s even worse when I try doing the same thing while driving by a river. more…