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Fly of the Month – Top Gun

Guest Blogger: John Satkowski, Toledo, OH, J. Stockard Pro Tyer, fly tying demonstrator and instructor. Find Hohn on Instagram and Facebook.

A couple of years ago, I was hitting the river on a warm, hazy evening. Having forgotten my fly rod I grabbed one of my spinning rods from my vehicle and tied on a small Heddon Torpedo. I started nailing fish left and right and had a great topwater evening of fishing. As I was driving back home, I started to think about how I could develop a fly that has the characteristics of a Torpedo, but can be used with a fly rod. After a few attempts, the Top Gun was born. This is an extremely effective fly for all types of species including smallmouth and largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, and even has a Longnose Gar to its name.

The head of this particular pattern is unique in that I used carved foam to simulate a Creek Chub, which is the favorite forage fish around my area. In the commercial model, I would use premade foam product such as Rainy’s PSP bodies, Rainy’s popper or slider bodies, or Rainy’s frog bodies. I wanted to show how you can create very realistic patterns with just foam, a dremel, and some markers. It’s a fun project on a bad weather day or over the winter when the cabin fever is setting in. The materials are pretty common and can be ordered through a myriad of tackle building sources such as Jann’s Netcraft. The tutorial will show you how to build the fly body and some techniques for the foam head. This is an effective fly, and a lot of fun on the vise. more…

Fly of the Month – Sallie Verde

Note from J. Stockard: For the cover of our 2019 Catalog we reached out to J Stockard Pro Tyers,  John and Katie Demuth of Kingsport TN, to create a unique fly for us.

Here you have it – The Sallie Verde – our Catalog Cover Star and Fly of the Month for January! John designed and tied the fly; Katie photographed it. You can find the tying instructions below.





J. Stockard Pro Tyers: John and Katie Demuth, Kingsport, TN, find them on Instagram

Fly name: Sallie Verde (Our variation of a Yellow Sally)

The Yellow Sally is a fly we go to when fishing in the small streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for native trout. Katie is originally from that area, and spent the summers at her family cabin near those streams. She and John learned to fly fish together on those very streams. more…

Fly of the Month – Svend’s Leech

Thanks to Svend for tying one up in Christmas colors!

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

A variation of a Leech and a Bugger using mostly marabou and flash to try and fool a fish. Jack Gartside’s soft hackle Leech is the closest pattern I could find to what I am trying to accomplish. A few differences are the Ice Dub body, and using a dubbing loop to spread out the marabou, and of course a weighted tungsten bead. I really like the results and I know the fish will too.

Materials list:

Hook: StealthHook N series or Mustad R73-9671 tied in sizes 8-12
Bead: Tungsten bead to fit hook size
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 100 D
Tail: Marabou Fiber with added flash.
Body: Semperfli Ripple Ice or Hareline Ice Dub
Ribbing: Nature’s Spirit Premium Bugger Bou spun in a dub loop