Author Archives: J Stockard

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…

Our Catalog Cover Star

by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Justin Bowman, Apple Valley MN. Find Justin on Instagram.

I was very pleased when J. Stockard featured one of my flies, a Vinyl Rib Caddis, on the cover of their 2018 Catalog. For those of you who’d like to try tying it yourself, here’s my recipe!

J Stockard J2 500 hook #12-16
Bead: Hareline countersunk tungsten bead – 2.4mm
Thread – UTC 70 green-olive
Rib – Midge Vinyl Rib – green
Collar 1- Ice Dub – Peacock and pheasant tail
Collar 2 – Hareline CDC – Brown
Copic marker – black
Helpful tools: Hareline dubbing spinner set with hair packer, Stonfo dubbing loop clip and Stonfo comb and brush tool more…