Monthly Archives: July 2019

Fly of the Month – Rusty’s White Knot

J.Stockard Pro Tyer: Joe Jackson, Martinsville, Indiana, Find Joe @:, Joe @ Facebook, Instagram @sgt.bassfisher

The Rusty’s White Knot is a variation of the Roberts Yellow Drake created by Clarence Roberts of Grayling, Michigan in between the years 1957 and 1959.  This variation was created by Rusty Gates, also of Grayling, Michigan, and then the owner of Gates Au Sable Lodge. This fly has been around awhile. I first heard about it (Rusty Variation) when a friend of mine from Indianapolis’ Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program (Chris Jackson @Healed_on_the_fly ) asked me to tie him 50 of them in size 12 for a trip to the famed Au Sable River In Michigan. He and some friends were going to try and hit the annual spring hex hatch!

Chris reached out to the owner of Gates Au Sable lodge for fly recommendations. The owner (Josh Greenburg) let him know that due to an extremely wet and cold spring the Hex Hatch would probably be delayed. Something we all would hate to hear, however Josh said there were Drakes all night and Iso’s during the day. And he recommended Rusty Gates “White Knot” pattern. Pictured left from left Chris Jackson, Matt Smith, Andrew McCormick, Mike Pugh, and Jonathon Wayne) more…

Mopping Up With the Mop Fly

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

While I can’t say I’ve exactly “mopped up” with the Mop Fly, I have used it with some success. Like a lot of ugly flies that don’t fit our theories of imitation, but sometimes work very well nevertheless, the Mop Fly has its detractors. If you wouldn’t be caught dead with a Mop Fly on the end of your leader, of course you are under no obligation to use one. On the other hand those of us who are more open-minded are under no obligation not to. All of the wise cracks about the fine line between being open-minded and having a hole in one’s head notwithstanding. more…

‘Visiting’ With J. Stockard

A note from James Stockard Vick

We just returned from a vacation in Canada (the ‘Muskokas’ to those who know Canadian cottage country). We were staying at ‘The Eyrie’ a log cabin on Lake of Bays built in the 1930’s by my grandfather, Joel Stockard, the namesake of J Stockard Fly Fishing.  I now share the place with five of my siblings and cousins and manage to visit every summer.

Joel was originally a stock broker in Detroit. He went bust in the crash of 1929 but was lucky to have a wife with a small trust fund. That fund allowed him to purchase a gorgeous spot on Lake of Bays for $600!

Spending every summer there throughout the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, Joel was an equal opportunity outdoorsman…hunting, hiking, boating and fishing of all kinds. The place is still filled with his wading sticks, bamboo rods, old reels and other gear. Every child who arrives at the Eyrie learns to skipper a ‘boat’ using Joel’s Putt-Putt, his fishing canoe with its 3-horsepower motor!

This year we had fantastic weather and water temperatures in the mid-70’s. It was a week of relaxing, kayaking and bathing in the lake.

As far as fishing goes, during the summer, the lake is generally populated by disappointed trollers on the prowl for lake trout and smallmouth bass. We mainly watch from The Point!