Category Archives: The Art of Fly Tying

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

CONTEST RULES:

  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.

Our Newest Pro Tyer – svenddiesel

We’re pleased to introduce you to Erik Svend Svendsen of Provo, UT, the most recent addition to our Pro Tyer Team. Erik mainly ties for trout, but he really likes tying new patterns. He has a goal of #tyingoneflyaday where every day he tries to tie a fly pattern he never tried before. Sounds like a great idea to us!

A college girl friend introduced Erik to fly fishing and he was instantly hooked – to fly fishing that is. He fished for several years and then took a break. A few years ago, after a summer of diving into fly fishing seriously, he thought that the best way to understand the bugs and patterns would be to tie his own flies. He took a course in the summer of 2016 and was instantly addicted.

One of Erik’s latest creations – Firehole Outdoors hook, Nature’s Spirit Fly Tying partridge tail, Semperfli straggle string and nano silk. Hareline Dubbin gritty tungsten sealed with Loon Outdoors thin then flow.

For Erik, tying is an escape that focuses him on something so small and that only takes minutes from start to finish yet gives a real a sense of accomplishment. Tying has led to great friendships both on and off the water and helps Erik feel more involved in the sport even when he can’t fish as much as he’d like. When the occasion presents itself, Erik volunteers with the local Scout District, teaching the fishing merit badge and hosting fly tying night for the boys and leaders. He also occasionally works with troubled youth with a goal to get them ‘on the water’ whenever he can.

Erik just won the Douglas Outdoors Bass Fly Contest and was Tacky Fishing Fly Tyer of the month recently. He is a member of the Semperfli and Moonlit Hooks Pro Teams and is an Ambassador for FlySkinz, Isle Surf and Sup and Stealth Hooks. Join us in welcoming Erik. You can find him @: https://www.instagram.com/svenddiesel/ and  https://www.facebook.com/svend.diesel.9

 

My Take On Rainy’s Poppers

Guest Blogger: Paul Beel, J Stockard Pro Tyer and Owner of FrankenFly


The switch to Rainy’s poppers was not a quick one for me, but I am now converted. The delay was probably due to the help I received from friends I had that were cutting foam and sending me cylinders I could use for poppers. These worked ok for a time, but being a professional tier, I needed popper bodies that were readily available, professionally made, and came in a variety of shapes and sizes. more…