Monthly Archives: August 2014

Tying In Hand

Guest Blogger: Eunan Hendron, Eunan Blogs @ Addicted to Vise

Jungle Ghost

Jungle Ghost 1 8xl – Tied in Hand

Tying in hand is the art of tying flies without a vise or bobbin. Not many folks tie their flies this way any longer; it is a dying art, often practiced only by those who tie classic Atlantic salmon flies. However, some of the greatest tyers of the 20th century tied all their flies by hand, prime examples being Ms. Carrie Stevens and many of the famous Catskill dry fly originators. These days there are a smattering of tyers, particularly in the Pacific Northwest who tie fishing flies in hand for steelhead and salmon, and there are those of us who tie in hand, purely for the fun of the challenge. I’m in no way an expert at the craft, but I’ve enjoyed the little bit that I have done so much that I wanted to share the experience.


Buy the Norvise & Get $50 of Fly Tying Material

Guest Blogger: Norm Norlander, avid fly fisher, research engineer and designer of the Norvise, a unique and revolutionary fly tying system

norm norlanderThe Norvise being offered by J. Stockard as a Special with $50 worth of free fly tying materials is a super deal!
If you are new to the fly tying game or an experienced veteran you will benefit from the unique capabilities of the Norvise and, with this deal, you’ll save some money at the same time. Take a look at my introductory video to see how this amazing Norvise fly tying system works. It will help you tie better, easier, and faster.

Note from J. Stockard: Read more about the Norvise and find out how to qualify now. This offer expires 8/31/14.

Take Time to Tie

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana
kline take time to tie 1The other day, returning from a morning’s fishing, I stopped by one of our local fly shops to see a friend and let him know how the fishing was going. My conversation with Pierre quickly turned to what flies were working, so I produced a couple of fly boxes to show him what I had been using. In this case, they were woolly buggers and traditional soft hackles. Both boxes were essentially full with very few open slots. I hadn’t consumed too many flies during the morning’s fishing. Pierre knew I tied my own flies, something I’ve been doing for the last 50 some years. As he admired my fly boxes, he commented “When do you have time to tie all those flies? I can never seem to find the time to tie up several dozen flies when I need them.” What I told Pierre was this. Take time to tie. more…