Monthly Archives: June 2020

Fly of the Month – Svend’s Cray Cray

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Erik Svendsen, Provo, UT
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If you love fishing crayfish patterns this is a must have for your box. It is a combination of many patterns I have tied and tested over the years and finally love the way this one fishes and is tied. There is nothing new about some of the things I have done with this Crayfish that make it different than others besides the 3 cones of hackle to create the head and minimize the arm fouling. Along with using the tab legs to create a shell, which isn’t new, but using the mono to not cut the tab legs and covering in a good resin makes this fly bullet proof to last many many fish piercings.

I cover the eye in UV resin because I am usually stripping and jigging this in through the rocks or shallows on a floating line. It can be simply dropped and jigged, the weight will place it in a defensive position and the arms being made of rabbit will naturally trap air causing them to rise making it vulnerable to any fish looking for a snack.

It is more time consuming than other Crayfish patterns I have fished, but this is way more effective and way more durable than others I have tied while also minimizing materials needed. I love this Black/Orange Magnum Rabbit strip color and also fish them in dark olives and crayfish orange.

I typically fish this from shore, casting at angles and stripping it across the rocks with quick strips and long pauses to allow it to rest in the defensive position with claws up. I also have cast it towards the banks from a float tube but try to strip parallel to the shoreline. I almost always fish it with floated line. more…

Rotary Fly Tying – Featuring the Norvise

Guest Blogger: J. Stockard Pro and Owner of Norvise: Tim O’Neill, Hockessin, DE

As we travel the country on the fly fishing show circuit I am always amazed by something I observe when I look at the “ring of tyers” at each location, whether we are up in Marlborough, Massachusetts, Atlanta, Georgia or Pleasanton, California one thing seems to repeat itself over and over.

Rotary fly tying is nothing new; vises that you can slowly rotate 360 degrees have been around for a long time. The thing that I find odd as I watch tyers from all around the country is that very seldom do I see people using the rotary function of the vise as part of tying the fly. People will invest a lot of money for these tricked out rotary vises, and I am not saying they are overpriced, I am saying it is an investment, and they only use the rotary function of the vise to turn the hook to look at the other side of the fly. This always seemed strange to me.

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Plecopteran Purple

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

The Society of Bored Fly Tyers announced today the existence of an experimental line of Plecopteran (stonefly) flies tied predominately in the color purple. The flies for the most part mimic traditional Plecopteran patterns like the Brooks Montana Stone, Parks Stonefly, Minch’s Stonefly nymphs, Stimulators and Flashback stones, etc. The patterns are scheduled to undergo field trials this summer on selected watersheds SW Montana. Trials may be disrupted if the National Park Service fails to open Yellowstone National Park in time for the 2020 park fishing season which should begin on May 23rd. There are key waters in the park that anglers rely on for early season stonefly patterns. However there are plenty of traditional stonefly waters throughout SW Montana outside the park for the trials to begin.

Once field trials are completed late this summer, a report will be published as to the efficacy of the patterns. Fly anglers and fly tiers are cautioned against hoarding purple fly tying material in advance of field trials. As it is not a common color in most trout related fly tying materials, fly shops and online suppliers generally don’t have a strong supply. Society experts caution that these are experimental flies with no track record of success. The flies may be completely useless and cause unnecessary frustration if anglers think they are a panacea Hoarding now may disrupt trials if the flies are successful and the secret leaks out. If the trials are unsuccessful, then overstocking with purple materials now may prove to be a waste of money. The society did ask that any fly tier desiring to participate in the field trials should begin to tie Plecopteran purple patterns now before supplies of purple materials dry up. Successful and unsuccessful patterns should be reported to the society during the summer. more…