Category Archives: The Art of Fly Tying

My Take On Rainy’s Poppers

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J Stockard Pro Tyer and Owner of FrankenFly


The switch to Rainy’s poppers was not a quick one for me, but I am now converted. The delay was probably due to the help I received from friends I had that were cutting foam and sending me cylinders I could use for poppers. These worked ok for a time, but being a professional tier, I needed popper bodies that were readily available, professionally made, and came in a variety of shapes and sizes. more…

Resources For Choosing A Fly Tying Vise

With our annual ‘Upgrade Your Fly Tying Bench’ sale coming up in October, we thought it would be a good idea to point you to some information out there that will help you select your first or next fly tying vise. Here are some of our favorites:

Choosing The Right Fly Tying Vise with Kelly Galloup

Choosing The Right Fly Tying Vise Part II: Rotary Vises with Kelly Galloup

The Best Fly Tying Vise by Fly Fisherman Magazine

Get A Grip: Selecting Your First Vise by Fly Tyer Magazine

We can meet all your vise needs at J. Stockard. We carry these tops brands – the Montana and Blackfoot Mongoose from Griffin, the Danvise, Dyna-King’s top sellers, Apex and Anvil vises from Wolff, the Peak vise, HMH vises, a broad selection vises from Regal, the Norvise, Stonfo vises  and our JS economy vises. Look for special deals next month and find them all here.

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…