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Happy Holidays and Here’s to a Wonderful 2019!

All the staff here at J. Stockard, James, Kate, Crystal and the warehouse crew, wish all our followers and friends a wonderful holiday.  We thank you for your support and business throughout 2018 and look forward to serving you in 2019.

Speaking of 2019, our 2019 catalog is in the mail and should arrive shortly. If you just can’t wait, you can find our 2019 eCatalog here right now!

Our Newest Pro Tyer – svenddiesel

We’re pleased to introduce you to Erik Svend Svendsen of Provo, UT, the most recent addition to our Pro Tyer Team. Erik mainly ties for trout, but he really likes tying new patterns. He has a goal of #tyingoneflyaday where every day he tries to tie a fly pattern he never tried before. Sounds like a great idea to us!

A college girl friend introduced Erik to fly fishing and he was instantly hooked – to fly fishing that is. He fished for several years and then took a break. A few years ago, after a summer of diving into fly fishing seriously, he thought that the best way to understand the bugs and patterns would be to tie his own flies. He took a course in the summer of 2016 and was instantly addicted.

One of Erik’s latest creations – Firehole Outdoors hook, Nature’s Spirit Fly Tying partridge tail, Semperfli straggle string and nano silk. Hareline Dubbin gritty tungsten sealed with Loon Outdoors thin then flow.

For Erik, tying is an escape that focuses him on something so small and that only takes minutes from start to finish yet gives a real a sense of accomplishment. Tying has led to great friendships both on and off the water and helps Erik feel more involved in the sport even when he can’t fish as much as he’d like. When the occasion presents itself, Erik volunteers with the local Scout District, teaching the fishing merit badge and hosting fly tying night for the boys and leaders. He also occasionally works with troubled youth with a goal to get them ‘on the water’ whenever he can.

Erik just won the Douglas Outdoors Bass Fly Contest and was Tacky Fishing Fly Tyer of the month recently. He is a member of the Semperfli and Moonlit Hooks Pro Teams and is an Ambassador for FlySkinz, Isle Surf and Sup and Stealth Hooks. Join us in welcoming Erik. You can find him @: https://www.instagram.com/svenddiesel/ and  https://www.facebook.com/svend.diesel.9

 

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…