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‘Visiting’ With J. Stockard

A note from James Stockard Vick

We just returned from a vacation in Canada (the ‘Muskokas’ to those who know Canadian cottage country). We were staying at ‘The Eyrie’ a log cabin on Lake of Bays built in the 1930’s by my grandfather, Joel Stockard, the namesake of J Stockard Fly Fishing.  I now share the place with five of my siblings and cousins and manage to visit every summer.

Joel was originally a stock broker in Detroit. He went bust in the crash of 1929 but was lucky to have a wife with a small trust fund. That fund allowed him to purchase a gorgeous spot on Lake of Bays for $600!

Spending every summer there throughout the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, Joel was an equal opportunity outdoorsman…hunting, hiking, boating and fishing of all kinds. The place is still filled with his wading sticks, bamboo rods, old reels and other gear. Every child who arrives at the Eyrie learns to skipper a ‘boat’ using Joel’s Putt-Putt, his fishing canoe with its 3-horsepower motor!

This year we had fantastic weather and water temperatures in the mid-70’s. It was a week of relaxing, kayaking and bathing in the lake.

As far as fishing goes, during the summer, the lake is generally populated by disappointed trollers on the prowl for lake trout and smallmouth bass. We mainly watch from The Point!

Celebrate Our Fifth Anniversary With Free Shipping (Promo Code socialfs19)

June 2019 has been a time of celebration. On June 7th, we celebrated the 15th anniversary of our first online sale! Today, we celebrate the 5th anniversary of our blog!

It’s hard for us to believe that it’s been five years since our first blog post. Since then, we’ve published hundreds of posts and had thousands of readers.

We are especially grateful to our devoted group of guest bloggers, who give of their time and talent to make our blog a success. They regularly share handy fly tying and fishing tips, provide inspiration for our sport and celebrate the ‘fly fishing life’.

In honor of our blog’s 5th anniversary, we’re giving all our readers a gift – Free US Shipping now through Sunday, June 23.*

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Shop now and get your free shipping with promo code socialfs19. And, while you’re at it, make sure to add your email address at left to follow our blog, or even better, why not consider becoming one of our guest bloggers. You can find out all about it here.

Here’s to another year of great blogging!

I Am Not Addicted To Fly Fishing (at least I am pretty sure)

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

It’s a subtle undertone that is always there. Questions like, “You are going fishing, again?” The question would be ok, even with the “again” at the end of the question. It’s when you hear the question and the again is drawn out, like “agaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin?” with a touch of resignation at the end.

When friends ask how my weekend was and I say happily, “Great!”

They ask, “Oh, you went trout fishing agaiiiiiiin?” more…