J. Stockard Fly Fishing is the go-to place for fly tying

A friend told me a while back that he was tired of buying flies and that he planned to save a bundle by tying his own. When I recovered from the giggling fit that was the substance of my response to that notion, I told him to check out our friends at J. Stockard Fly Fishing.

J. Stockard was founded 15-plus years ago by husband and wife team, Kate and James Vick. Starting out in a single bay of their two-car garage, J. Stockard now ships from its distribution center located in Kent, Conn., close by to the beautiful Housatonic River, a premier New England fly fishing destination.

The ‘Housy’, as it is called by locals, is a top-notch trout fishery that winds its way through Massachusetts and Connecticut before emptying into Long Island Sound. While there is lots of good fishing close by, J. Stockard really is an international company. They regularly ship fly tying materials and tools to fly fishers in all 50 states, Canada and plenty of other destinations worldwide.

I’ve learned that you can tell something about an outfit by what they believe is important. Here’s what J. Stockard says:


We want to be your primary source of fly tying products, with a combination of the best product selection, competitive prices and great customer service. It’s that simple.


  • Provide the widest selection of fly tying, tools and supplies, as well as selected fly fishing gear from top manufacturers.
  • Focus on value by featuring quality products at great prices.
  • Deliver what you need when you need it.
  • Create a shopping experience that is fast, easy and fun.

J. Stockard Fly Fishing is the go-to place for high-quality fly tying equipment, materials and supplies to meet the needs of all fly tyers. Their collection includes well over 10,000 types of materials, hooks, tools and more, organized to make it easy to find what you need. They offer a comprehensive selection of fly tying materials, including hair and fur, feathers, synthetics, dubbing, thread and anything else you might need to tie the perfect fly. Whether you are looking for dry fly hooks, nymphs, barbless or big game hooks, J. Stockard Fly Fishing has got you covered. They offer fly tying equipment, materials and supplies from some of the most renowned brands in the industry including Mustad, Daiichi, Tiemco, Hareline, Wapsi, Whiting Farms and more.

If you’re like my friend and new to J. Stockard, not to worry. They stock well over 10,000 fly tying and selected fly fishing items from top suppliers and manufacturers. With their Frequent FLY-er Program, you can earn rewards toward your future purchases. J. Stockard makes it easy to shop. While they primarily sell via the internet, J. Stockard mails their annual full-color catalog every January. You can place an order via the web or their toll free phone number. Check them out now at

J. Stockard Fly Fishing 

Kent, CT 06757

(877) 359-8946

By Walt Gasson.