Game Changer

Blane Chocklett's Game Changer from Umpqua
Blane Chocklett’s Game Changer from Umpqua

Blane Chocklett, with the help of Flymen Fishing Company, designed the Game Changer style of fly, which is constructed by tying together four shanks and a hook. You can tie in the hook at the front or the back, your preference. A tail is normally constructed by using synthetic materials or feathers. There are many ways to construct the body of a Game Changer. At J. Stockard we stock Chocklett’s Body Wrap, Game Changer Chenille, EP Game Changer Fibers and Minnow Body Wrap. All are a great and easy way to construct the body of a Game Changer. You can also use natural materials like soft hackle feathers, marabou, or deer hair.

The shanks that are produced from Flymen Fishing Company step down in size from 25mm, 20mm, 15mm, and 10mm. Trimming from longer to shorter as the shanks get smaller, may help the look of the fly depending on the materials used.

The Game Changer is an excellent fly for various types of species including largemouth and smallmouth bass, large brown trout and Blane himself uses it for Muskie and Striped Bass. The fly swims and darts smoothly with a very fluid action. You will probably need at least a 6 weight fly rod to throw this type of streamer, which is nothing unusual. The reviews for this fly have been terrific and there is no doubt that it’s definitely a fish catcher or maybe we should say, game changer.

Veterans Day – They Made No Small Contribution

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Lt Colonel, USAF, Retired, Bozeman, MT

Veterens day 1I started writing this the day after Veteran’s Day 2014 as I contemplated how our Armed Forces have in no small way, made the sport we enjoy so much possible. I’ve worked on it almost every week in trying to get it ready for this Veteran’s Day. No matter what era or generation you talk about from 1776 to present day, America’s Armed Forces have made sacrifices to protect and preserve the freedom and democracy we enjoy in the U.S.

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Tying the Evolution™ Mayfly Swimmer

MayflySwimmer cropFlymen Fishing continues to expand their innovative line of fly tying products. And, just in time for tying season, their NEW Evolution™ Tungsten Beads are available in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Flymen is introducing a series of new flies featuring these new beads including the Evolution™ Mayfly Swimmer. This effective mayfly pattern is inspired by Shane Stalcup’s Gilled Nymph and imitates many gilled swimming mayfly nymphs. It is tied using a modern hare’s ear plus dubbing and an Evolution™ Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower Tungsten Bead Head.

Use these Evolution Mayfly Swimmer Instructions to tie your own fly before they are even available from Flymen Fishing and get all the materials you need @ J. Stockard:

Hook: Curved Nymph Hook 3XL
Bead: Evolution Mayfly Swimmer & Burrower
Thread: Choose VEEVUS, UNI or Danville
Rib: Ultra Wire
Tail & Abdomen: Ostrich Herl
Thorax: Hareline Hare’s Ear PLUS dubbing
Wingcase: Pheasant Tail
Legs: Partridge Feathers