J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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The Bluegill’s Unknown Legacy

bluegill1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Today’s fly lines are varied and sophisticated, crafted for all types of fishing situations. Such was not the case in the late 1970s early 1980s.

It’s probably unknown by most fly anglers, as it was by me until I heard the story, that the Bluegill had a little bit to do with helping create some of the lines we fish today. more…

Midges: Winter Food Source for Large and Small Trout

nicklo midges copyGuest Blogger: Joe Nicklo

Had to tie some HMG Midge patterns for winter fishing on any and all tail water streams. It is said, midges makeup 70% of a trout’s diet. This is especially true during the winter months when hatches are few and far between meals. Large trout prefer “meat” but when absent will dine on midges all day long. Those in the photo are tied on a size 20 scud hook. NOT a single thread wrap in any of the two-dozen shown. The major component is, of course, hot melt glue.

Joe Nicklo runs HMG Fly Systems, a supplier of hot glue systems for fly tyers.

Innovation – The BHDF!

rocky-river-bottom-1587362Guest Blogger: Mike Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

After much scientific research and with an eye toward catching more and bigger fish, awhile back I began noticing the number of days when no rise rings were evident on the streams I plied. And those days were many. I realized at some point that perhaps putting my dry fly more in front of the fish’s eyes could be an advantage. So, heretical as it may sound, I invented the “bottom-hugging dry fly.”  It’s a clever, insightful, wholly new approach to fly fishing, and is particularly effective if the fly is tied to look like a bug that’s…get this…not very mature. You drift it wherever fish are not rising. The BHDF, my own invention, has thus been born!  I doubt that fly fishing will ever be the same, and I’m now scrambling to write books on “dynamic BHDFing” and “tactical BHDFing” and “Czech BHDFing” (since my buddy Janek reluctantly agreed to try one out after he spilled all his other flies in the river). more…