Monthly Archives: April 2018

Firehole 718 – A Barbless, Extended Length, Natural Bend Hook

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Justin Bowman

I anticipated the release of the Firehole 718 for quite a while. I noticed over a several month period that Joe, the founder of  Firehole Outdoors, left me a couple of comments on social media posts that suggested something was in the works. However, there were never any real details released and his comments were somewhat cryptic. I recall one that was similar to “just you wait” on a post of a stimulator on a TMC 200R. Well, I waited. Turns out that I waited longer than Joe had anticipated. He recently told me that hook mold modifications added 5 months to the release date, but it is what was needed to get the hook that he wanted.

What Joe designed is a barbless, extended length, natural bend hook. This is a barbless solution to the Daiichi 1260 or a TMC 200R. I thought stimulators, hoppers, stoneflies, and terrestrials when I first saw it, but long nymphs shouldn’t be overlooked. After all, the 200R is a personal favorite midge hook of mine. I’ve long loved the bend in the shank of the 200R for nymphs because of the great profile/realistic shape it creates. more…

Fly of the Month – Mohawk Hotspot Pheasant Tail


Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer:  Justin Aldrich, Haversham Co. GA., find Justin on Instagram and YouTube.

This version of the Pheasant Tail Nymph is just as deadly as any Americanized version, if not deadlier on account of it’s unique Hotspot location. It’s a Hotspot Wingcase, over a glossy Bead Thorax.

Trout these days, especially on highly pressured water, have seen just about everything man has to offer. Hopefully this version will offer something different. more…

Introducing John and Katie Demuth, JS Pro Tyers

We would like to officially welcome John and Katie Demuth of Kingsport, TN, to our team of J. Stockard Pro Tyers!

John has fished all his life and , when he met Katie, and found they both had an interest in fly fishing, they jumped in head first and never looked back. They feed off each other’s passion so their skills are always evolving. Katie’s focus on photographing the flies along with John’s passion for fly tying has created a great team. They tie / photograph daily and are always looking for ways to improve their art. more…