Category Archives: J. Stockard Fly Fishing News

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 Winners of Our First Annual Fly Tying Contest

We are very pleased with the participation for our First Annual Fly Tying Contest! There were many amazing and unique entries. You guys and gals are fantastically talented and creative tyers! It took our Pro Tyers some time to decide the top three in each of the categories – dry, nymph, streamer and other.

Once we named the winners in each category, we then had our Pros vote on the top overall winner. That selection is James Lund’s Spent Oragami Caddis. His dry fly is our pick for the overall winner of the entire contest. Well done James! You can follow James on Instagram @onceandaway.

We want to thank everyone who tied a fly and entered the contest. Thank you all!

Below are the winners in each category. more…

Fly Tying for a Cause

Guest Blogger: Bob Nelson, Sacramento, CA

For the 11th year members of the Fly Tying Forum have partnered with J. Stockard to provide 14 boxes of flies for a Casting for Recovery retreat. This year’s retreat was held in Shawnee, Colorado at the North Fork Ranch. The following is a report I received from the Regional Program Manager, Jen Lofgren:

We had a really wonderful retreat this past weekend. The weather cooperated, the river was in great shape, and all of the women caught fish. They were very appreciative of the box of flies that they each received, especially upon learning that they had all been hand tied especially for them. Special thanks to you for spearheading this project, and to all of the individuals who contributed their time and talent to make this happen. We are also very grateful to J. Stockard for donating the fly boxes. We also asked each of the guides to add a fly or two that their participant caught fish on throughout the day, as well as a fly that the women tied themselves over the weekend. The boxes were very special for so many reasons.  more…