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.

New Foam Products from Rainy’s

 Rainy’s was founded in 1971 by Rainy Riding who began fishing with flies on a spincast rod at age five. Today, Rainy’s is a multinational business leading the industry with cutting-edge innovation and the highest quality fly tying materials. They’re particularly well known for foam products and we’ve just added a dozen new items in a wide variety of colors and sizes.

Many of the new items include Rainy’s popper bodies which are some of the best in the industry. There are many popper bodies to pick from, ranging from very small Pee-Wee Pops to larger Foam Bass Poppers, to Saltwater Poppers.

We highly recommend the PSP Foam Popper/Diver Heads and the Foam Diver Heads. Depending on which way you point them on the hook shank, they either become a popper or a diver.

We also carry the product that started the foam revolution in fly tying. This is a tubular foam called Rainy’s Float Foam. To read more about Float Foam and its various uses, please read a blog post Rainy’s just recently published themselves.

Tying with Rainy’s Float Foam: The Original Commercially Available Fly Tying Foam

Winter Hands

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

Many of us do the bulk of our fly tying during the winter months when, depending on where we live, weather conditions can make fishing difficult and uncomfortable to near-impossible.  Why not tie flies instead?  That seems like a great idea, and in many ways it is.  Unfortunately, however, the indoor environment at this time of year poses significant challenges for the fly tyer.

Low humidity is the culprit, and one’s hands can become very dry, rough, and even cracked.  This causes misery even when one is not tying, but can really raise havoc at the vise.  Static electricity can cause furs, feathers and synthetic materials to adhere to the hands, clothing, and even vise and tools.  Skin spurs snag thread and materials, and dubbing becomes very difficult to control with dry fingers.  I’d like to share with you some of the tricks I’ve learned to deal with these problems. more…

A Dad, A Daughter And A Small Stream

Guest Blogger: Jim Murphy, Neenah WI, long-time J Stockard customer and avid fly tyer

We sat on the bank of the stream, my daughter and I, and re-lived a day that will be entered into the photo album of my mind…forever. We had just finished fishing on a pretty little freestone stream that flowed through a flowered meadow which was literally on top of the world. We were somewhere between Red Lodge and Cook City Montana in the high country of the Beartooth/Absaroka Range.

I don’t get to do that much anymore. I mean fish with my daughter and so when the opportunity presented itself I jumped. She had moved to Colorado shortly after finishing nursing school in 1992. The pull tugged so hard she just packed her bags, picked up and left the Midwest to explore the wonders of the mountains. more…