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The Pink Thing Story

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

The stories behind a fly’s name are always interesting. That is especially true when the fly has a global reputation. Such is the case for the “Pink Thing”, as one Aussie writer says, is “The Greatest Barra Fly of All Time”. I’ll be on my way to Darwin in 2020 where I hope to get in some decent fly fishing for Barramundi. We’ll be there during the end of runoff and expect stained water conditions in the smaller creeks and estuaries. I’ve been tying up some Pink Things and their variations for the trip. The story behind the name is an interesting one. The fly’s originator was Graham White, an English fly angler and fisheries biologist who emigrated to Australia. In Darwin, he became well-known as the guy who knew how to catch Barra on the fly. In the 1980s he was a member of a dedicated group of Darwin fly anglers known as The Saltwater Flyrodders of the Northern Territory. They met regularly after days of fishing to enjoy a few brews at one of the member’s residences outside Darwin. Although bait and spin casting for Barra was probably the most efficient method of catching these large fish, club members had an interesting rule. Anyone found to have used gear other than flyrods for the days angling was fined a carton of green cans—mostly likely Victoria Bitter, one of the most popular beers in Australia—which they had to bring to the evening’s beer fest. more…

Announcing the J. Stockard Fly Tying Contest

We are pleased to announce the FIRST Annual J. Stockard Fly Tying Contest.

With tens of thousands of customers around the US and the globe, we are hoping to encourage many of you and all other fly tyers to tie up one of your best patterns and submit it for judging by our panel of J. Stockard Pro Tyers!

Our fly tying contest includes four categories – dry flies, nymphs, streamers and all other (enter here if you’ve got a great fly that doesn’t fit into any of the other categories, for example, poppers). There will be first, second, and third place winners in each category and then there will be in a face-off among the four first place winners to name the overall ‘BEST FLY’!

Prizes will be in the form of Gift Certificates that you can use online at J. Stockard.

  • BEST FLY – $250
  • 1st Place in each category – $100
  • 2nd Place in each category – $50
  • 3rd Place in each category – $25


  1. Decide which category you wish to enter and tie up your fly. Only one fly may be submitted by each tyer.
  2. Take a picture of your fly. Remember, picture quality matters.
  3. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #jstockardflycontest. And, choose of the following hashtags to identify which category applies: #jstockarddry, #jstockardnymph, #jstockardstreamer or #jstockardother.
  4. Primary criteria for winning will be a well tied fly; creativity, innovation and photography all count, too!
  5. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you can find out who wins.
  6. The last day for fly submissions is November 27.
  7. Winners of all four categories will be posted to the J. Stockard Instagram and Facebook pages on Wednesday, December 4 and the winner of BEST FLY will be announced on Friday, December 6.
  8. The BEST FLY winner will receive one Gift Certificate for $250.
  9. Gift Certificates will be issued by December 15 and will be valid until December 31, 2019. They are good on a single order and are not transferable.
  10. All pictures submitted are the property of J Stockard Fly Fishing.
  11. J. Stockard Pro Tyers are not eligible to enter the contest.

Go ahead and get tying! We are excited to see your submissions.

Fly of the Month – Emperor Mouse

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Steve Yewchuck, Beacon, NY, You can find Steve @: www.instagram.com/envisionflyworks/

The Emperor Mouse pattern was designed on my home water in the Catskills but has proven itself globally as well. The blend of natural bunny brush and foam allows it to stay afloat but stick to the waters surface when hit hard by trophy size fish. It has a realistic mouse profile from underneath but had to be light enough to cast for long periods of time. The fly’s head was designed to push large amounts of water for a small profile fly. The fly has great movement to entice even the most finicky fish. The pattern has evolved into a few different versions, from the mini to the articulated to entice a variety of species. more…