Author Archives: Brandon Sausner

You Can’t Take It With You

J. Stockard Customer from upstate New York: Brandon Sausner

I was raised a public and un-posted land hunter and fisherman. One could say my pops is a bit of a rascal or scofflaw in regards to his pursuit of outdoors adventure. He would say “god made the deer “or “you bought a license to catch those trout and they can’t read posted signs”. I understand that property rights and stream access are an area of contention here in America. If you are on any online hunting page, you have seen the annual trail cam photos of trespassers and the dozens of threats in the comments below. I guess I was raised a little wrong. more…

The Neuroscience Behind The Tug Is My Drug

Guest Blogger: Jeremy Anderson is an amateur fly tyer and professional Creative Director at an advertising agency in Nashville, Tennessee. He lives with his wife and two boys in a log cabin by the Harpeth River. You can find Jeremy @hacklejob

We’ve all experienced the addictive elation that is fly fishing. There is simply nothing that compares to the natural high of your line tightening as a fish does its utmost to shake the imposter out of its mouth and elude you forever. But what is actually happening in our brains that addicts us to fishing? I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Heinrich Verstand, M.D., Ph.D. of Lehrman University’s Neurological Research Department for a video chat to learn more about the neuroscience behind this phenomenon.

At first consideration, it seems fairly obvious. Most people would consider hooking a fish an adrenaline rush and never analyze it any further. But I just couldn’t leave it there,” said Dr. Verstand, who grew up fly fishing just outside of his native Munich. “I wanted to know which parts of the brain were activated during a fight with a fish.” So, he conducted qualitative interviews with over 250 anglers aged 18-75, during which he asked a series of short answer questions as well as more open-ended questions about their experiences fishing. During the interviews, volunteers wore electroencephalography (EEG) headgear to measure and isolate specific areas of their brains’ activity as they recounted their fishing experiences. Dr. Verstand also took his lab stream side with mobile EEGs fitted under fishing hats for the 58 fly fishermen who volunteered to wear them while fishing. more…

Fly of the Month – Gold Slaughter Stone

Fly of the Month by J. Stockard Pro Tyer, Justin Aldrich, Habersham County, Georgia. Justin can be found on Instagram.

My Gold Slaughter Stones have proven themselves throughout the U.S. and a few places out of country for about a year. This much weight on one fly pattern isn’t necessarily new, neither is this color scheme, but what’s seen here is the final product of much field testing and a new spin for this much weight and classic colors.

I also want to suggest not excluding this pattern for tournament use. (4.0mm Tungsten bead min, limited lead wraps, etc.) If wanting this to be a legal tournament pattern just exclude the use of the second tungsten bead and use the 4.0mm alone.

– Materials –

•Hook: Barbless 3x long Streamer.
•Bead: Two Black Nickel Tungsten Countersunk beads. One 4.6mm and one 4.0mm. (Use whichever appropriate sized beads for the specific sized hook.)
•Additional weight: .020 lead wraps.
•Thread: Semperfli Classic Waxed thread. 8/0.
•Wingcase: Black Scud Back. 1/8″.
•Legs/Tail: MFC Centipede legs.
•Thorax: Brown SLF and Pure Squirrel guard hair mix.
•Body/Abdomen: Yellow Floss.
•Rib: Med. Brown/Tan D-Rib.
•UV RESIN: Semperfli No Tack.
•Varnish: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails.
•Cement: Loctite Superglue.(whatever drys clear.) more…