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Three Hours of Humbling Hell!

The top four winners of the USA Fly Fishing Comp.

From Guest Blogger: Rich Redman

Hurricane Irene may have torn up Essex County (NY) roads and some of the rivers, but even after all the flooding and destruction, the West Branch of the Ausable is still a haven for fly fishing. The floodplains and wetlands, along with the rock and boulder habitat are still home to stream bugs and trout. Those same attributes saved the river from destruction, protecting the banks and allowing the waters to rise and recede naturally. The upper river is still wild and free!

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Why Fly Fishers Care About What Fish See

fish eyeHere at J. Stockard our business of offering a wide range of fly tying products often involves stocking a huge selection of colors in many different products. Just consider one popular product group – Flashabou from Hedron.

In basic Flashabou we stock 27 different colors and five of them are varying shades of green! Our whole range of Flashabou products involves nine different varieties, each with different optical properties, offered in 80+ colors! This plethora of color and flash among our fly tying products often makes us wonder – what exactly do fish see?

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Choosing Fly Tying Thread

thread caenisThread is one of the most fundamental of fly tying materials. And today there are dozens of fly tying threads available in a wide variety of materials, sizes and strengths.

Materials – The most common fly tying thread materials today are nylon, polyester and GSP (gel-spun polyethylene). Nylon was developed in the 1930’s as a man-made substitute for silk. Made via a continuous extrusion process, nylon is strong, can stretch a bit and takes dyes well making for bright and vibrant colors. Similar to nylon, man-made polyester is made as either a continuous extrusion fiber or as short fiber filaments. Unlike nylon, polyester doesn’t stretch and it will break without warning under stress, though it is quite strong. Polyester colors tend to be slightly less bright than nylon. Gel-spun polyethylene (GSP) is made of continuous extrusion fibers and is very strong. GSP’s texture is extremely slippery yet flexible. Less popular but still in use are natural threads made of cotton, wool and silk as well as man-made Kevlar and rayon.

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