J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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Fly of the Month – Gold Slaughter Stone

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer, Justin Aldrich, Habersham County, Georgia. Justin can be found on Instagram.

My Gold Slaughter Stones have proven themselves throughout the U.S. and a few places out of country for about a year. This much weight on one fly pattern isn’t necessarily new, neither is this color scheme, but what’s seen here is the final product of much field testing and a new spin for this much weight and classic colors.

I also want to suggest not excluding this pattern for tournament use. (4.0mm Tungsten bead min, limited lead wraps, etc.) If wanting this to be a legal tournament pattern just exclude the use of the second tungsten bead and use the 4.0mm alone.

– Materials –

•Hook: Barbless 3x long Streamer.
•Bead: Two Black Nickel Tungsten Countersunk beads. One 4.6mm and one 4.0mm. (Use whichever appropriate sized beads for the specific sized hook.)
•Additional weight: .020 lead wraps.
•Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed thread. 8/0.
•Wingcase: Black Scud Back. 1/8″.
•Legs/Tail: MFC Centipede legs.
•Thorax: Brown SLF and Pure Squirrel guard hair mix.
•Body/Abdomen: Yellow Floss.
•Rib: Med. Brown/Tan D-Rib.
•UV RESIN: Semperfli No Tack.
•Varnish: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.
•Cement: Loctite Superglue.(whatever drys clear.) more…

10 Things No One Will Tell You When You Start Tying Flies

Guest Blogger: John Satkowski, Toledo, OH, fly tying demonstrator and instructor, you can find him @ River Raisin Fly Company on Facebook

1. Everyone you talk to about tying is an expert and you should do things the way they tell you. Now granted, there are some people you should listen to. The hot guys in the tying game now like Mike Schmidt, Greg Senyo, Blane Chocklett, and Charlie Craven are people you should be listening to. They will give you good advice that a beginner to seasoned tyer can use to increase their skill. Uncle Bob’s buddy who tied a handful of flies in 1976 is not always an accurate point of view for you to learn from. Over the years, I have heard my fair share of questions such as,”Why don’t you do it this way” or “Why don’t you use this material?” Sometimes sharing ideas is good and gives you a fresh point of view but you should take suggestions with a grain of salt.
2. You always have to use the newest and coolest materials in your flies. There have been a huge surge of really awesome materials that have come out in the past five years alone. Lots of new lighter synthetic materials that don’t hold water and make casting much easier, new adhesive and UV resins, and a lot of body materials that just keep getting more realistic all can make tying much faster and easier. Ripple Ice Fiber and the Loon Outdoors D-Loop tweezers are among my personal favorite things to use since they came out. Every tyer has their favorite materials and this is usually evident by looking at a large sample of their flies. My flies usually incorporate some barred marabou, ripple ice fiber, angora goat, and the long cut fiber ice dub. Many different patterns can be constructed using different variations of the same materials. Use the materials that you are comfortable with and have had success with in the past. You can always try some new materials and see which ones you like to work with and work for you.

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Sneaking in Some Snook

Guest Blogger: Jeremy Anderson is an amateur fly tyer and professional Creative Director at an advertising agency in Nashville, Tennessee. He lives with his wife and two boys in a log cabin by the Harpeth River. You can find Jeremy @hacklejob

My wife and I have one of those rare relationships—we make every effort to go on a date once a week, but we also give each other the freedom to go off and do the things we love…alone. With two all-consuming young boys at home, it’s what keeps us happy, healthy and sane. Yet even with a wife who supports my fly fishing addiction, it’s a hard stage in our family life for me to be away for more than a day trip, which precludes any saltwater getaways for this Tennessee boy…unless it’s over vacation.

The first time I brought my rod to the beach on a family vacation, I set a bad precedent. My wife had prepared an idyllic family picnic at sunset, but I stayed in the surf that little bit too long (we all know where “just one more cast…” leads), and now there’s a law emblazoned on the trunk of our family tree: “Absolutely NO fishing on family vacation unless approved in advance by Her Majesty.” And guess when those approved times are—when everyone else is asleep. more…