Monthly Archives: January 2018

Fly of the Month – The Double T

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Matthew Beers, Circleville NY. Matthew is mostly known for tying traditional style Catskill flies. Find Matthew on Instagram.

I’d like to dedicate this post to James “Bucky” Sterns, my fly fly tying mentor, friend and a Catskill Fly Fishing Legend. May you rest in everlasting peace.

The Double T
The Double T (originally known as The Trout Treat) is a Caddis Pupae I developed on my home water in the Catskills of New York about 5 years ago. I envisioned a virtually indestructible fly pattern simple to tie but capable of withstanding the rough wild water of Catskill rivers as well as, God willing, hungry trout. This pattern has been tested across the United States and even been successful in Scotland & England. It can be fished by high stick nymphing methods as well as swung like a wet fly to produce savage strikes on the accent. The furled antron body with a tight wrapped dubbing collar will take a beating and a half. Great for fish after fish after fish action!

A Trout Fisher’s Guide to Catching Striped Bass on the Fly

Guest Blogger: Alysson Cwyk, President of the Delaware Valley Women’s FF Association

Scenario: You primarily fish tiny streams for trout, but your Instagram feed has been littered with photos of monster striped bass recently and it’s piqued your interest. What’s up with all these stripers and how can you get in on the action?

It’s the start of the fall run here in the Mid-Atlantic. Massive schools of striped bass are moving their way down south along the coast, chowing down on baitfish and (hopefully) flies, plugs, and live bait, cast by hordes of fishers lined up and down the shoreline and on boats out chasing after birds working the water. more…

Ruined For Life – Part II

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 1 of this article described the popularity, uniqueness and color choices of the famous “Intruder” streamer pattern for migratory salmon and steelhead. This installment goes into hook type, tying materials, and some aspects of the tie itself.

Pettijean Clips

We’ve discussed basic construction and color choices. So then…what materials? Original Intruders were tied leaning heavily on marabou, although it’s fragile stuff and thus not necessarily well suited to the rigors of multiple Chinook attacks, nor to icy winter steelhead conditions. Finn Raccoon and supple synthetic hair are preferable for durability, but using typical tying techniques they can lack the interesting look of discrete marabou strands each waving in the current. My solution is to use the Marc Pettijean super-clips to combine fine hair of various colors and types in a common dubbing loop. I can make just about any sparseness or clumpiness or mix I want…and with the added benefit that a single composite dubbing loop can apply such different materials and colors in one shot…so tying is efficient. I get good color, good movement, and really good fly durability. A little head cement at the base before winding the loop can’t hurt the ruggedness either. These clips take a little getting used to but you can do a lot with them. more…