Category Archives: Fly Tying Tips & Tools

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…

NEW! Anvil USA Fly Tying Scissors

anvil logo1New at J. Stockard, an expanded range of Anvil USA fly tying scissors. Anvil (and its predecessor companies) have been in the shear manufacturing business for over 325 years! All their fly tying scissors are precision machined to provide years of high performance. All these scissors are ice-tempered, feature comfortable vinyl-coated loops and are finished and packaged in the USA. We’re now stocking five different styles that meet a variety of fly tying needs:

Anvil Fine Point 4 1/4" Straight Scissors

Anvil Fine Point 4 1/4″ Straight Scissors

Fine Point 4 1/4″ Straight Scissors
Fine Point 4 1/4″ Curved Scissors

Ultimate 4 1/4″ Straight Scissors
Fine Point 3 1/4″ Straight Scissors
Ultimate Taperizer 4 1/4″ Multi-tooth Scissors



Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

If you search on-line for “Featherhead” you are likely to get hits on many of the “hair extension” websites like Definitionally, Featherhead is often said to be: “A frivolous or feather-brained person.” For as many flies that I tie that never see the water, that definition might well apply to me. But it has another meaning more in tune with what we fly tiers are interested in. It’s a fly pattern (more like a style) name that has apparently been rather short-lived and remains a bit obscure these days. I have subscribed to Fly Tyer magazine for at least 20 years and still have most, if not all editions back into the 1990s. Occasionally, I’ll leave my fly tying desk, sit down near one of my bookshelves and begin pursing through old issues of Fly Tyer for inspiration. They are stacked in no particular order, so I just start at the top of the pile and look at the pictures to see if something strikes my fancy. Every once and a while I stumble on some tying technique that helps me improve my tying or directions around some common pattern that make for better flies. More importantly, I’ll see some new pattern or style that looks intriguing and decide to give it a go. Such was the case with “Featherheads”.

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