Category Archives: J. Stockard Pro Tyers

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 @: and


Fly of the Month – Fordice’s Uncle Leo

J. Stockard Pro Tyer and fly fishing guide: Brita Fordice, Bremerton WA, find Brita on Instagram

This fly was designed as a perch fly for bass and lake trout in an eastern Washington lake that I fished frequently when the lakers were in the shallows in the spring and fall. I then found that folks wanted to buy it for bass fishing in the mid-west, and the south. What I love about this fly is the profile. Very few perch patterns hold their shape in the water, and even less have a rounded form that is natural to the fish. This pattern fit the bill, and is a very simple pattern to change up the fiber color and achieve a whole different fish species! more…

Virtual Nymph Skin Quick Review

J.Stockard Pro Tyer: Adam Harman, you can find Adam @ Blue Ridge Custom Flies, Facebook, Instagram

Having been a fly tyer for 10 years and commercially tying the last 3, I have had the privilege of sampling many of the latest and greatest fly tying materials on the market. Some are really good, some not so good. Every so often there is that one fly tying material I will come across that peaks my interest. Virtual Nymph Skin is one of those products. I’ve been using virtual nymph skin for a while now on some of my nymph and crayfish patterns and it could quite possibly be my favorite material in my fly tying arsenal. Virtual nymph skin is so versatile and can be used for a variety of tying applications. It is excellent ribbing material for caddis larva and stonefly abdomens, it can be used as scud back material and can even be used to imitate wing cases and more. One of its unique properties is that it has a shiny, smooth side and the other side is a dull, matte-like finish making it excellent for coloring with markers. Having the ability to color the nymph skin allows for a more natural, mottled look to your bugs. It comes in two different sizes which allows you to tie big stoneflies or those tiny nymph patterns and comes in a variety of colors. Try adding Virtual Nymph Skin to your fly tying arsenal, I am confident you will not be disappointed. more…