Monthly Archives: September 2017

Resources For Choosing A Fly Tying Vise

With our annual ‘Upgrade Your Fly Tying Bench’ sale coming up in October, we thought it would be a good idea to point you to some information out there that will help you select your first or next fly tying vise. Here are some of our favorites:

Choosing The Right Fly Tying Vise with Kelly Galloup

Choosing The Right Fly Tying Vise Part II: Rotary Vises with Kelly Galloup

The Best Fly Tying Vise by Fly Fisherman Magazine

Get A Grip: Selecting Your First Vise by Fly Tyer Magazine

We can meet all your vise needs at J. Stockard. We carry these tops brands – the Montana and Blackfoot Mongoose from Griffin, the Danvise, Dyna-King’s top sellers, Apex and Anvil vises from Wolff, the Peak vise, HMH vises, a broad selection vises from Regal, the Norvise, Stonfo vises  and our JS economy vises. Look for special deals next month and find them all here.

Potter County Revisted

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

Every year since the mid-1980’s I’ve spent a week or so fishing in north central Pennsylvania. I headquarter in Potter County, and most of my fishing is done there although I also wander out into neighboring Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. Early on I started referring to this trip as “My Sanity Fix.” I still regard it that way.

This habit got started when I was having a chat with some of my Trout Unlimited buddies about wild trout. Some of us had never caught a wild trout, others had very limited experience, and a couple of us had enough experience to know where and when to pursue them. We resolved to visit what the State Office of Tourism subsequently labeled “The Pennsylvania Wilds.” So it began. more…

Day Trip – Duck Creek

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

It’s always fun to fish some place new. Today it was Duck Creek. Well, a specific Duck Creek. There are 13 Duck Creeks in Montana. Outside of Montana, there’s another (according to the US Geological Survey) some 200+ more creeks officially named “Duck Creek”. One can only assume that a creek named “Duck Creek” might be a good place to see ducks. The Duck Creek that I would fish on this sunny Tuesday morning in June has a mixed and problematic reputation. At times, there can be some truly epic dry fly fishing for big rainbows and browns. At other times, the creek can be devoid of anything but smallish fish, including brook trout which are shamelessly easy to foul on a dry fly. On this day, there was a decent PMD spinner fall about 10AM, but dries brought only smallish fish to hand. My fishing partner however did manage to connect with a couple of brutish post spawn rainbows on a slowly drifted woolly bugger.

This was my first foray into Duck Creek. The fact that I finally had a fishing partner who was familiar with the creek was one reason I was finally able to visit this stream. I had driven over the bridge on highway 191 that crosses Duck Creek hundreds of times since 1972, the first time I visited this part of Montana. Its dark waters always looked inviting but there were always other destinations more inviting not far away. Just west of the bridge the creek flowed about two miles with a swift gradient through mostly private land and was choked with willows. Originally a tributary of Grayling Creek, the creation of Hebgen Lake in 1914, flooded the confluence to the point that Duck Creek flows directly into the Grayling Arm of Hebgen. To the east of the bridge, the creek takes on a completely different and enticing character. About one mile east lies the Yellowstone National Park boundary. A short, winding drive along a rutted and potholed dirt track–Duck Creek Road, will bring you to the park boundary and a small parking area. From this point east, it is, as the crow flies, about 1.2 miles to the confluence of Campanula and Richards Creek–the head of Duck Creek. We would be fishing this section today. more…