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Designing Effective Flies

Jack Fields, Guest Blogger and avid fly tyer

Designing effective flies, where does one start with this exactly? Creating something that will convince another living thing that our creations are good to eat, and that, it is food.

Books? They’re great for research. Experienced friends? Yes! There you go! Hatch charts? Great source for what’s happening on your local stream or one you plan to visit and this gets us the closest to our beginning, the stream.

The stream you fish the most is where we’ll make our start. A little entomology 101, what’s under those rocks and in the drift? No better way to start designing effective flies than to have a look at what’s in the trouts kitchen. You can do this by simply wading in and start turning over stones, or you can use a seine net like the one pictured. The trays shown are containers from take out that I use to view the insects that I’ve collected. more…

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

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

The two-tone 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