Fly of the Month – Little Brown Baitfish

J. Stockard Pro Tyer and fly fishing guide: Brita Fordice, Bremerton WA, find Brita on Instagram

The LBB (little brown baitfish)

This pattern was born from the necessity that sea run cutthroat in saltwater love salmon fry. They also love to eat anything that is copper. So I thought “hey, why don’t I combine the two?!” Turns out that in the end I don’t care what they’re taking it as, because this thing works in lakes, rivers, and saltwater for all trout.



Hook: size 6 or 8 stainless steel hook (for saltwater) I used a Daiichi, but an SC15 Gamakatsu would work too or a TMC 811S
Body: Copper flat braid.  I used Lagartun braid
Flash:  Midge Flash root beer
Wing:  Strung fuzzy fiber brown
Spine: Peacock Herl
Throat:  Ice Dub minnow mix
Eyes:  Living Eyes size 4mm earth color
Thread:  Mono Thin tying thread

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Dreamstream Scissors Review

Guest Blogger & FOM Tyer: Paul Beel, J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly

On a regular basis I keep a pair of general purpose scissors handy on my tying desk. I like to keep my good scissors as sharp as possible and not dull them by cutting things I don’t need to cut. So this is the reason I use general purpose scissors.

I noticed J.Stockard had new scissors available from Umpqua and I picked up some Umpqua Dreamstream+ All Purpose scissors coming in at 4 inches. The general information on these scissors reads;

“Medium length, micro-serrated blades make these a great all-purpose scissor. Sharp, serrated blades grab and cut a wide variety of natural and synthetic materials for all-around use.”

I’ve now been using the Dreamstream scissors for several weeks and completely agree, these are great for all-around use. The serrated blades make these scissors really excel at cutting synthetics, because they are able to grab a hold of the material and it doesn’t slip out of the blades. The serrated blades also make these clinch together as they cut, so you can feel them grab. I’ve also cut natural materials with them and they do that just fine too.

I haven’t been easy on these scissors the last few weeks either. I have cut Intruder wire, Fireline fishing line, lead wire, copper wire, flashabou, synthetic hair and fibers, and many types of natural feathers and furs. I’ve even used them to scrape off the stiff glue from my dubbing needles. They are still working just fine and cutting just fine. I wouldn’t say they are as exactly as sharp as they were out of the package, but they are still plenty sharp enough to cut the materials I need to cut.

They fit into my hand just fine and the finger holes are made just like almost any other scissors. So nothing out of the ordinary there.

To be honest, I would say as general purpose scissors go, these are just as good or better than anything out there right now. I would not hesitate to pick up another pair when I need them.

Bend A Knee

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

As the years have gone by, my fly-tying hands have become slightly less steady, and I don’t see my never-spill-my-coffee days coming back. I think a lot of us can sing a similar song. I can still tie #20 flies if the shanks are 2x or longer and I can still thread a 7x tippet into them, but some tying tasks are an exercise in frustration and in the letting loose of words my family may never have heard. One of these tying tasks is the creation of the grasshopper leg.

Oh, it’s easy, all the videos will tell you–just peel a couple of long barbs off a pheasant tail feather and tie a knot in them. Done! The problem is that those barbs enjoy being straight. They’ll cling faithfully to each other…until on some secret signal they suddenly fan out and point to the four winds. They spring themselves out of any granny knot that isn’t fully cinched down. And if you’re wise to those tricks, they will always–always, it seems–choose to sacrifice themselves by breaking, rather than let you succeed. I’ve tried just about every way I could think of, and a lot of different little tools and bits of hooked wire and microelectronics clips and what-have-you, to no avail. I’ve worked for 40 minutes trying to get a single pair of hopper legs, only to end up with none.

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