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Guest Blogger: Jim Murphy, Neenah WI, long-time J Stockard customer and avid fly tyer

HEXED: To have been bewitched: To have been cursed: To have been put under a magic spell

I have had the good fortune to fly fish many trout streams both near and far. But, until one night last June, I had not started my fishing outing at 6:30 P.M. with the plan to fish until 11:00 or later. Oh, I’d talked about it a few times. I even thought about it once or twice. Thought about it seriously enough to tie several dozen flys including duns and spinners, klinks, and nymphs. In fact, a complete fly box of flys tied especially for such a night had been safely tucked away in one of my “never forget where I put it places” which took about two hours plus to locate.

The earth was rising up covering the sun and dusk was quickly shading into dark. The bullfrogs had stopped their bullfrog chorus and the whippoorwills had silenced their evening lullaby. The mosquitoes, however, were really just coming into their own and even Deet 50 was being challenged as the clock ticked toward 8:50

I’d been sitting on the bank of one of our local spring creeks since about 6:30  because my fishing partner Gary, an old hand at this game, had said that this sections of the stream was prime and if we wanted a great spot best get there early. So early we were. more…

Fly Fishing the Mayfly Lifecycle

Guest Blogger: Richard Fieldhouse

Trout fishing season is upon us which means you’ll be planning all those days where you can get out and enjoy the great outdoors, relax and unwind whilst you carry out a spot of fly fishing with your friends or family. Ensuring you have the right fly fishing gear and carrying out the right preparation will help to ensure that your fishing trip is organised, enjoyable, and hopefully a success.

Ever wondered why Mayflies are considered as one of the most valuable species in the world of fly fishing? The Ephemera danica, commonly known as the Mayfly, are one of the most eagerly anticipated up-winged flies a fly angler encounters on the river. Being one of the most important foods for trout due to their nutritional factor, Mayflies play a very important role during the trout fishing season. more…


Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

Burnt Wing Adams

Burnt Wing Adams

When I was a little kid “Bugs” were any small thing that crawled around on the ground, dug under the ground or buzzed through the air. My friends and I used to collect bugs in mason jars putting a little bit of grass or dirt in the jar then punching holes in the metal top with a nail so the bugs could breathe. It was most fun to see who could get the largest number of Bumble Bees in one jar without getting stung. There were a couple of acres of Dandelions out behind the house often full of large heavily laden bumble bees or honey bees from nearby hives. Once collected you could get a satisfying buzz from the incarcerated bees by shaking the jar getting them all upset. If you shook the jar hard enough you could actually stun the bees and they would all take a little nap at the bottom of the jar until they recovered whereupon we would do it again. When these bees got home from their nectar gathering job at the end of the day I expect their spouses unfairly accused them of drinking too much. more…