recruiting all bloggersAt J. Stockard, we are always on the lookout for fly fishers, fly tyers and fly fishing guides to join our guest blogger program. Do you want to share your passion? You can write about –

Fly Tying
We’d like to hear about your ‘go-to’ fly, why and where you fish it. Share information about your most useful fly tying materials, supplies and tools, whether they be old stand-by’s or the latest innovation. Provide detailed patterns for flies you developed, either entirely new creations or variations on tried and true patterns.

Fly Fishing
Our blog readers want to know about your top fishing spots. You don’t have to give away all your secrets but share your experiences on your favorite lakes, rivers and streams. We want to learn about your home waters as well as your travel destinations.

Fly Fishing News
Do you have some news about fly fishing – a fishing event you just attended, a film you saw, a great YouTube video, a piece of gear you recently discovered – let us and our blog followers know!

Posts can be as short as 100-300 words or longer if you like. Including a good quality image is always a good idea. Plus, if you are one of our Rewards Program Members, we’ll give you 10,000 reward points ($10 in purchases at J. Stockard) for every submission we post.

Submit online or send your post to [email protected].


  1. Become a J. Stockard blog contributor. Yeas = 6 Nays = 0, motion passed unanimously. I am lucky to live where I do in SW Montana and associate with a great number of anglers—famous and not so. They all have stories; we all have passions related to fly fishing and we all have experiences whose stories may benefit others. When one considers Trout Fact #40 from the Wild Trout Trust: “Trout are apparently unable to distinguish between a fly that arrives in the water following a perfect cast, and one which is cast badly!”, we probably all have stories about adventures, missteps and one upsmanship on our fishing buddies. Tell your stories, embellish within the realm of reason, entertain J. Stockard’s readers with your stories and favorite flies, techniques, big fish and adventures. You will be rewarded in many ways—reward points being just one of them. A fellow J. Stockard contributor once asked me what I did with all my reward points. He didn’t really need more fly tying supplies. The answer was simple. Like me, the last thing I need is another chicken neck. So tell your stories even if you don’t need another chicken neck and use your reward points to benefit the great many causes that promote coldwater fisheries like Trout Unlimited and local fly fishing clubs that teach youth and veterans how tie flies. J. Stockard willingly converts your reward points into gift certificates that can be donated to worthwhile fly fishing related causes. The great majority of my reward points go to my local chapter of Trout Unlimited but in my mind, the real reward for me is that I can tell stories about the sport I love while at the same time benefit the sport I love. Everyone loves a good story. If you have one or many – I know you do – share it with J. Stockard’s readers.

    1. That brash claim about trout inability to distinguish between a fly that came on a perfect cast and one that was cast badly needs a little sharpening, Mike; once a badly cast fly of mine, sweeping down the current still hooked to the stripping guide of my rod that was also sweeping down, as was I…well it never got a nibble.

      Maybe it’s a question of degree.

      1. Mike, indeed. In your case the lesson might be: “Trout are apparently ABLE to distinguish between a fly that arrives in the water following a perfect cast, and one which is cast badly! and arrives encumbered with carbon fiber, cork and stainless steel. Still makes for a good story. Did you get the rod back?

        1. I never let go! One sacrosanct rule of Life is: “Saving one’s fly rod takes precedence over saving one’s skin.” I live by it.

          (By the way, don’t ask my about the one time I tried to “cast” a poorly-fitting bowling ball down the lane.)

    1. Larry, also look into the dry flies for Steelhead such as the Skahopper patterns. I have had great success on Lake Michigan river run chromes with a wide variety of nymph flies as well. The Spey patterns are beautiful and most are fairly easy to tie. But I will tell you there is no greater thrill than hooking a large chrome on a dry fly.

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