Category Archives: Fly of the Month

Fly of the Month – May 2017 – Two-Tone Stone

FOM May 2017 360x360Fly Tyer: Tim Sickles, J Stockard customer & avid fly tyer

The two-stone stone was devised through trial and error after flipping over a lot of rocks and studying golden stonefly nymphs and Skwala Nymphs. I noticed that while the colors and size of these bugs can really vary, that they almost always have a dark back and lighter colored body, hence the two-tone. I took some inspiration from other proven flies when developing the two-tone, notably Tim Saverese’s knotted leg technique. I’ve found the knotted legs add a little extra movement (and they look cool). Color combinations that I’ve found effective: black/natural hare’s ear (pictured), gold/brown, black on black on black (obviously not two toned). more…

Fly of the Month – April 2017 – Lightning Bug Soft Hackle

FOM april 2017 lightningbugsofthackle squareGuest Blogger & Fly Tyer: Justin Bowman, J Stockard customer & avid fly tyer

My soft hackle lightning bug is a variation of the popular Western mayfly imitation, the lightning bug, an attractor pattern that is seriously flashy and typically tied from sizes 12 to 18. This is a great fly for high or dirty water conditions. This variation substitutes the traditional peacock thorax with FrankenFly nymph dub and a two material soft hackle collar from the original hackle or pheasant tail legs. The idea for the sparkle brush collar came from the thought, “why not add more flash to an already flashy fly?” The sparkle brush fibers (depending on the color) are thin enough to allow a fair amount of movement. Popular colors for the lightning bug are pearl, silver, gold, red, and purple. more…

Fly of the Month – Bloody Butcher

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, FrankenFly

Bloody Butcher Dry Fly from the J. Stockard 2017 Catalog

Bloody Butcher Dry Fly from the J. Stockard 2017 Catalog

Every month we feature one fly and give you links to all the ingredients needed to complete the fly for yourself. For March 2017, we offer you the Bloody Butcher dry fly. We chose this fly because we featured a photo of one version of the Bloody Butcher on the cover of our 2017 Catalog. We had many inquiries about the fly in the photo. Customers wanted to know the name of the fly and its origin. So, we decided it might be worth an explanation. The fly pictured is a dry fly version of the classic wet fly, the Bloody Butcher. Originally, and most of the time, the Bloody Butcher is considered a wet fly but occasionally it is tied as a dry fly, like the one on the cover of the 2017 catalog. more…