Category Archives: J. Stockard Pro Tyers

Enjoying Fiberglass Fly Rods

Written by Paul Beel: J. Stockard Pro Tyer Team Leader and owner of FrankenFly

Through the years I have owned and casted many fly rods and for a good portion of those years I used what I could afford to use at the time. At one point I purchased an Eagle Claw Fiberglass Fly Rod for $45.00. It was a 4/5 weight and I used it exclusively. It performed very well and at such a cheap cost, it was most definitely a bargain.

As time passed by I purchased other rods which were mostly graphite. However, that first fiberglass rod had an impact on me and I began reading online websites like The Fiberglass Manifesto and joining the forum The Fiberglass Flyrodders. These places love fiberglass fly rods and discuss them still to this day.

I then bought my first custom built fiberglass fly rod from Midwest Custom Fly Rods.  The advantage of a custom built fly rod is that you get to select what you want on the rod. You can select the cork, reel seat, guides, hook keeper and color of wraps around the rod. Sometimes you have the option of picking the color of the rod, but that’s not always the case. Some rod blanks only come in a specific color and some of them have limited colors.

Of course receiving and fishing this custom build just added to the fiberglass rod enjoyment that I had already experienced in the past and just made me want another one. more…

Frenzy Fiber Material Review

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

I’ve noticed photos of the new Frenzy Fiber from Just Add H2O and from what I could see I thought it might be a nice streamer material, but it’s always difficult to know just by looking at photos. So I ordered some and put the stuff to the test.

Frenzy Fiber is a very finely cut shiny synthetic material that is super light weight. I began by tying a baitfish pattern and it worked great! On this particular pattern I just started at the back of the hook near the barb and tie in Frenzy Fiber. The Fiber comes in a hank and is about 8 inches in length.

 

What I usually do if I am tying a baitfish pattern with synthetic material is grab a small amount and hold it up to the fly to roughly measure what length I will need and cut it. Then I hold it in one hand and pull on the various ends to make them uneven and make them look more natural when tied in. I then tie the material down in the middle and fold it over. I do this while working my way up the shank. I tie on the top and bottom of the shank. You can lookup baitfish fly tying on YouTube because it contains a lot of videos that show how to tie baitfish style streamers. Frenzy Fiber worked excellent for this application though. I’m sure baitfish patterns were one of the primary reasons behind the creation of the material.

Just to clarify, the head of the baitfish is FrankenDub Monster Dubbing and if you are wondering what the dark green material is over the top, it’s peacock herl. If I would have had a darker color of the Frenzy Fiber, I could have used a sparse amount of it to go over the top. It is just something to add to the contrast of the fly and possibly make it more attractive to fish. more…

Fly of the Month – Svend’s Cray Cray

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Erik Svendsen, Provo, UT
You can find Erik @ instagram.com/svenddiesel/ and facebook.com/svend.diesel.9

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…