J. Stockard Fly Fishing Blog

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Announcing the Winners of Our First Annual Fly Tying Contest

We are very pleased with the participation for our First Annual Fly Tying Contest! There were many amazing and unique entries. You guys and gals are fantastically talented and creative tyers! It took our Pro Tyers some time to decide the top three in each of the categories – dry, nymph, streamer and other.

Once we named the winners in each category, we then had our Pros vote on the top overall winner. That selection is James Lund’s Spent Oragami Caddis. His dry fly is our pick for the overall winner of the entire contest. Well done James! You can follow James on Instagram @onceandaway.

We want to thank everyone who tied a fly and entered the contest. Thank you all!

Below are the winners in each category. more…

Fly of the Month – Royal Stimulator

J.Stockard Pro Tyers: John and Katie Demuth of Kingsport TN, Find Demuth Fly Fishing @: www.instagram.com/demuth_flyfishing/

A Christmas fly doesn’t get much better than a Royal Stimulator. So for the J.Stockard Fly of the Month for December of this year, we bring you a Royal Stimulator beautifully tied and photographed by John and Katie Demuth. Merry Christmas!

Hook- Ahrex Freshwater 531, size 12 or TIemco 2312
Thread- Semperfli Nano Silk 12 OT, black and white
Tail/Wing- Calf tail, fluorescent white
Body- Nature’s Spirit Strung Peacock Herl, natural, Semperfli floss or Rayon Floss, red, Semperfli .1 mm tying wire or Wapsi Ultra Wire, bright silver, Whiting Farms Hackle, Golden Badger
Head- Coated in Deer Creek Diamond Fine Resin more…

Turkey Feathers for Thanksgiving

Guest Blogger & FOM Tyer: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly

Since it is Thanksgiving time and the primary focus is on turkey, here is a brief post about how you can use some of the turkey feathers available here at J.Stockard Fly Fishing.

First up, Mottled Turkey Quills. These feathers are best known for their use on the famous Muddler Minnow fly pattern as wings. These can also be used as wing casings on nymphs and possibly some sort of tailing material.

Ozark Oak Mottled Turkey Quills