Category Archives: J. Stockard Fly Fishing News

Introducing John and Katie Demuth, JS Pro Tyers

We would like to officially welcome John and Katie Demuth of Kingsport, TN, to our team of J. Stockard Pro Tyers!

John has fished all his life and , when he met Katie, and found they both had an interest in fly fishing, they jumped in head first and never looked back. They feed off each other’s passion so their skills are always evolving. Katie’s focus on photographing the flies along with John’s passion for fly tying has created a great team. They tie / photograph daily and are always looking for ways to improve their art. more…

Giving Back – Madison Gallatin TU 2018

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

For anyone that has listened to Public Radio for any period of time, the phrase “Be Well and Do Good Works” probably rings familiar. It was something that humorist Garrison Keillor used to close many of his radio programs. When I thought about writing a story about this year’s  Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited banquet, it was a phrase that immediately popped into my head. There’s little doubt in my mind it describes Trout Unlimited to a tee. “Be Well” – maintaining the health and welfare of cold-water fisheries. “Do Good Works” easily describes any number of TU projects across the U.S.

For the last several years I’ve been an active supporter of the Madison-Gallatin Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Bozeman, Montana. The chapter holds an annual fund raiser banquet every February as its only serious fund-raising effort of the year. After attending a few banquets shortly after I moved to Bozeman in 2008, I started donating J. Stockard gift certificates funded with my reward points and swag provided by J. Stockard for the silent auctions and bucket raffles. Three years ago, with the generous support of J. Stockard, I started loading up a variety of fly boxes with dozens of my favorite flies for the silent auction. I found it very rewarding to see boxes of flies that I had tied generate $100s for the chapter. Because I would be working a bit less in 2018, I joined the chapter’s banquet committee to help even more and get some behind the scenes insight to all the tasks necessary pull off a successful fund-raising banquet. more…

Introducing Paul Shurtleff of the JS Pro Tyers

We would like to officially welcome Paul “Paulie” Shurtleff to our team of J.Stockard Pro Tyers!

Paul hails from Springville, Utah and has 29 years of experience behind the vise and on the water. Paul specializes in all types of trout flies with an emphasis in tying dry flies, particularly parachute style dry flies.

He grew up in a family full of outdoorsmen and has been doing outdoor activities his whole life. His older brother (12 years his senior) was the fly tyer and fly fisherman in his family. He took Paul “under his wing” and taught him most of what he knows. He was a huge influence and got Paul started tying flies and fly fishing at a young age. more…