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The “Trout” of the Bass World

J.Stockard Pro Tyer: Brandon Bailes, Athens AL

When most people hear the words “ redeye bass” they instantly think of the Rock bass species, which carry the nickname Redeye or Goggle eye here in the south, and while they can be fun from time to time ( or an annoyance if you are after smallmouth bass) there’s actually true Redeye bass species that inhabit Alabama. They are colorful, full of fight, and live in some beautiful places! more…

Fly of the Month – Winged CDC Biot Dun

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Paul Shurtleff, Springville, UT

I first came up with the idea for this pattern after a long afternoon of being humbled by the trout during an epic BWO hatch on my local tailwater a few years ago. The fish in that particular tailwater are fairly pressured as well, which typically makes them harder to catch anyway, but that day the fish were being extra picky and would only look at and eat the naturals… I had a close matching fly in my box but the trout still give refusal after refusal to where all I could do is watch boil after boil and rise after rise seeing trout noses coming out of the water. Cast after cast and still nothing… I couldn’t buy a rise to my fly, even by accident, let alone hook one by mistake! Anyone that has ever experienced this knows exactly the frustrations I met with that day… Anyway, after I got home that night, still feeling the sting of being skunked and reflecting upon the refusals made by the trout… I watched a few YouTube videos for some inspiration in an attempt to come up with a mayfly dun pattern that would more closely match the naturals in hopes of fooling the fish for my next outing. The following pattern is the result… Upon my next outing armed with a few of my new creations, my very first cast to an active rising fish ended with a fat 18″ brown trout in my net… What surprised me most about that fish, is that the wind caught and picked up my cast, which fell a bit short and I missed the ideal presentation but the fish moved out of its feeding lane at least 3 feet to sip down my fly despite my bad cast! 2 casts later and I had another brown trout to net, not as big as the first, but just as spunky. Moving up river hitting the pockets and other fishy spots with risers yielded a few more fish to net… The new fly was proving itself worthy of seducing the super selective and pressured trout of my local tailwater… I can’t remember how many fish came to net that day falling victim to my new fly, but I do know I went home that night very satisfied and tied at least a dozen more flies just like it! more…

Introducing John and Katie Demuth, JS Pro Tyers

We would like to officially welcome John and Katie Demuth of Kingsport, TN, to our team of J. Stockard Pro Tyers!

John has fished all his life and , when he met Katie, and found they both had an interest in fly fishing, they jumped in head first and never looked back. They feed off each other’s passion so their skills are always evolving. Katie’s focus on photographing the flies along with John’s passion for fly tying has created a great team. They tie / photograph daily and are always looking for ways to improve their art. more…