Category Archives: More from J. Stockard

Our Catalog Cover Star

by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Justin Bowman, Apple Valley MN. Find Justin on Instagram.

I was very pleased when J. Stockard featured one of my flies, a Vinyl Rib Caddis, on the cover of their 2018 Catalog. For those of you who’d like to try tying it yourself, here’s my recipe!

J Stockard J2 500 hook #12-16
Bead: Hareline countersunk tungsten bead – 2.4mm
Thread – UTC 70 green-olive
Rib – Midge Vinyl Rib – green
Collar 1- Ice Dub – Peacock and pheasant tail
Collar 2 – Hareline CDC – Brown
Copic marker – black
Helpful tools: Hareline dubbing spinner set with hair packer, Stonfo dubbing loop clip and Stonfo comb and brush tool more…

Cabin Fever Reliever

Guest Blogger: Jim Murphy, Neenah WI, long-time J Stockard customer and avid fly tyer

The season had ended several weeks ago and I was already starting to fight off the early symptoms of the dreaded “shanty shakes” and of fly rod withdrawal. The rods had been wiped down, the lines cleaned and the reels were spotless. Using the old alcohol spray trick I discovered several pinhole leaks and one fairly obvious leak in a four-year-old pair of waders. Some well-placed Goop was applied and I was hoping to get yet one more year’s wear before retiring yet another pair.

It was a little early to start the annual tying regime. I had already surveyed my fly boxes and had a pretty good idea of which old faithfuls I would have to replace. I had also seen several patterns in various magazines and online that seemed to be calling my name and begging to be tied. Probably cleverly designed to catch more fishermen than fish. more…