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Looking Forward To The 2020 Tying Season

Our 2020 Catalog is mailing today! So, if you are one of our subscribers, it should be arriving just in time for the 2020 tying season. We’ve been busy adding lots on products. Here’s a preview of some of the exciting new offerings you’ll find in the catalog –

New Hooks from three brands – Like you, we love trying new brands and styles of fly hooks. We are now selling barbless competition hooks from Hanak and a new line of hooks from Umpqua called X-Series, mostly heavy wire, for saltwater big game flies. We also expanded with new styles from Firehole Outdoors which has been very popular since its introduction two years ago.

Fly Tying Materials from Semperfli – This innovative British maker of synthetic materials has developed major improvements in existing products and new concepts in fly tying materials. We’ve been selling their thread for some time and have now added several of their other popular tying materials.

Fly Tying ToolsLoon Outdoors continues to expand its Ergo line of tools, filling out the range they started two years ago. Still in their brand-true yellow and comfortable in the hand, these tools are offered singly or in three convenient kit configurations. Not to be outdone, Umpqua just introduced a range called Dreamstream+ with tyer-pleasing features and smart appearance. And last but not least, our Just Simply line of value-priced tools has had a significant quality upgrade and expansion!

If you just can’t wait to see our 202o Catalog, you can view it right now online!

The crew here at J Stockard hope you all have a wonderful holiday. And, we’re looking forward to serving you all in 2020!

Announcing the J. Stockard Fly Tying Contest

We are pleased to announce the FIRST Annual J. Stockard Fly Tying Contest.

With tens of thousands of customers around the US and the globe, we are hoping to encourage many of you and all other fly tyers to tie up one of your best patterns and submit it for judging by our panel of J. Stockard Pro Tyers!

Our fly tying contest includes four categories – dry flies, nymphs, streamers and all other (enter here if you’ve got a great fly that doesn’t fit into any of the other categories, for example, poppers). There will be first, second, and third place winners in each category and then there will be in a face-off among the four first place winners to name the overall ‘BEST FLY’!

Prizes will be in the form of Gift Certificates that you can use online at J. Stockard.

  • BEST FLY – $250
  • 1st Place in each category – $100
  • 2nd Place in each category – $50
  • 3rd Place in each category – $25


  1. Decide which category you wish to enter and tie up your fly. Only one fly may be submitted by each tyer.
  2. Take a picture of your fly. Remember, picture quality matters.
  3. Post your photo on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #jstockardflycontest. And, choose of the following hashtags to identify which category applies: #jstockarddry, #jstockardnymph, #jstockardstreamer or #jstockardother.
  4. Primary criteria for winning will be a well tied fly; creativity, innovation and photography all count, too!
  5. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook so you can find out who wins.
  6. The last day for fly submissions is November 27.
  7. Winners of all four categories will be posted to the J. Stockard Instagram and Facebook pages on Wednesday, December 4 and the winner of BEST FLY will be announced on Friday, December 6.
  8. The BEST FLY winner will receive one Gift Certificate for $250.
  9. Gift Certificates will be issued by December 15 and will be valid until December 31, 2019. They are good on a single order and are not transferable.
  10. All pictures submitted are the property of J Stockard Fly Fishing.
  11. J. Stockard Pro Tyers are not eligible to enter the contest.

Go ahead and get tying! We are excited to see your submissions.

Meet the Latest Additions to Our Pro Team

We’re always on the lookout for new pro team members! And, we’ve recently added two new members, including our first Junior (age 14) member! Meet them now –

Luke Stacy resides in Virginia Beach, VA. His favorite flies indue “hair and hackle” dry flies such as stimulators, elk hair caddis and other various caddis/stonefly imitations using different materials. Luke has fished his whole life but began fly fishing and fly tying just under two years ago. Luke grew up making regular camp trips to the George Washington National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and had always been intrigued with the elusiveness of the native trout residing in the creeks. Shortly after picking up fly fishing Luke caught his first native brook trout from out of a creek right next to his camp site and was instantly “hooked” on fly fishing. Originally Luke started tying his own flies to be self-sufficient but Luke quickly realized how therapeutic fly tying was for him. From there Luke recognized that fly tying was an art and dedicated a majority of his time to become a better tier. Luke aims to tie a fly a day and likes using new materials and techniques to tie with. Luke enjoys sharing his knowledge with other tiers and gets inspired by other’s work. Find Luke on Instagram.

Our first Junior Pro Tyer is Braden Miller of Glen Allen, Virginia. Braden’s favorite flies to tie include Blane Chocklett’s Game Changers, deer hair poppers, Bob Popovics Beast Fleyes, and a variety of streamers. Braden taught himself to tie flies by watching videos on YouTube and Instagram. He has been obsessed with fishing for as long as he can remember and has been fly fishing and tying since he was 8 years old (he is currently 14). Since venturing into this sport Braden has traveled across the country chasing after fish with his TFO fly rods and flies he tied himself. He regularly makes fly tying appearances at shows up and down the East Coast, including Icast in Orlando, the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, the Fly Fishing Expo, Tie Fest and the International Fly Tying Symposium. Braden volunteers with Project Healing Waters and continues to dedicate his time to Trout in the Classroom at his middle school. Braden is also a junior ambassador for Temple Fork Outfitters, Norvise, Fly Life Company, District Angling, Fair Flies and Catch Cam Nets. You can find Braden on Instagram.