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


  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.


    1. You can tie either. Although I would say a well tied original design has a better chance than a well tied established pattern.
      I hope that helps.

  1. I would like to enter but am not on Facebook or Instagram. Am I disqualified because I refuse to use either service?

  2. I’m just curious what category I need to put my crawfish pattern fly in , “ other “ or “ streamer “

    Or maybe I can just hashtag both of them that way you guys will for sure get it and you can decide what category you think it should go in.

    Thank you,
    Joe Klosterman

  3. Few questions!

    1. Are we only allowed to submit 1 photo total, or can the Instagram post contain more than 1 photo/angle of the fly?
    2. Probably a dumb question, but will a midge pattern be submitted in the nymph category?
    3. I want to confirm that you can only enter 1 fly total for the entire contest, or is it 1 fly per category?

    Thanks a ton!

    1. You can only submit one fly total. It doesn’t matter if you have multiple photos in the same post of the same fly.


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