Monthly Archives: March 2018


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

How many kinds of trout pine to run away and join the circus? All kinds…although not all individuals and not all at once. The “circus,” is, of course, the sea, where sea-horses cavort and clownfish amaze. But we’ll focus on one kind: Oncorhynchus Mykiss, the fish that conquered the world–the unquenchable Rainbow.

Figure 1–Steelhead

Rainbow trout spawn in the spring–roughly April/May, although it’s said that “spring” can start as early as January on some rivers. They can share streams with browns easily as long as there’s sufficient food supply, because their need for prime spawning water occurs at a completely different time of year.

This holds true of steelhead too–which are, of course, rainbows who have heeded the anadromous call. It’s a springtime gig, period. Even in the Southern Hemisphere, such as in New Zealand, it’s a springtime party–August to November down there. more…

Giving Back – Madison Gallatin TU 2018

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

For anyone that has listened to Public Radio for any period of time, the phrase “Be Well and Do Good Works” probably rings familiar. It was something that humorist Garrison Keillor used to close many of his radio programs. When I thought about writing a story about this year’s  Madison-Gallatin Trout Unlimited banquet, it was a phrase that immediately popped into my head. There’s little doubt in my mind it describes Trout Unlimited to a tee. “Be Well” – maintaining the health and welfare of cold-water fisheries. “Do Good Works” easily describes any number of TU projects across the U.S.

For the last several years I’ve been an active supporter of the Madison-Gallatin Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Bozeman, Montana. The chapter holds an annual fund raiser banquet every February as its only serious fund-raising effort of the year. After attending a few banquets shortly after I moved to Bozeman in 2008, I started donating J. Stockard gift certificates funded with my reward points and swag provided by J. Stockard for the silent auctions and bucket raffles. Three years ago, with the generous support of J. Stockard, I started loading up a variety of fly boxes with dozens of my favorite flies for the silent auction. I found it very rewarding to see boxes of flies that I had tied generate $100s for the chapter. Because I would be working a bit less in 2018, I joined the chapter’s banquet committee to help even more and get some behind the scenes insight to all the tasks necessary pull off a successful fund-raising banquet. more…

Introducing Paul Shurtleff of the JS Pro Tyers

We would like to officially welcome Paul “Paulie” Shurtleff to our team of J.Stockard Pro Tyers!

Paul hails from Springville, Utah and has 29 years of experience behind the vise and on the water. Paul specializes in all types of trout flies with an emphasis in tying dry flies, particularly parachute style dry flies.

He grew up in a family full of outdoorsmen and has been doing outdoor activities his whole life. His older brother (12 years his senior) was the fly tyer and fly fisherman in his family. He took Paul “under his wing” and taught him most of what he knows. He was a huge influence and got Paul started tying flies and fly fishing at a young age. more…