After the success of FAOL's first Fly Tying
Contest last year, we were even more convinced
that this ought to be an annual event for our
readers. So, it is with pleasure that we announce
this year's contest.
We will accept entries from November 15, 2004
to March 31, 2005.
We will have two main categories this year:
There will be three winners in the two main
categories and one Reader's Choice award.
- Wet fly, hair wing, Speys & Dees, other
- Free style fly which must contain Peacock &/or Peahen in the dressing.
Peafowl are Peacocks and Peahens. Any breed or combination may be used.
The designation free style would not necessarily prohibit the entry/ies of a classic dressing as long as obvious changes have been made. It could also be some wild featherwing streamer. Free style really opens it up to just about anything wild & crazy.
No fee to enter.
Number of entries per Tyer limited to two, in one
or both categories
Dennis and Liz Conrad of
have offered to sponsor the major prizes
Ron Reinhold, master hook maker, has offered
some of his presentation grade blind eye hooks.
These will be a part of the free style category.
First: One full Blue Eared Pheasant skin and
three Ron Reinhold presentation hooks.
Second: One #1 Cape and 1 #3 Saddle and two Ron
Reinhold presentation hooks.
Third: One #2 cape and 1 #3 saddle and one Ron
Reinhold presentation hook.
First: One full Blue Eared Pheasant skin.
Second: One #1 Cape and 1 #3 Saddle.
Third: One #2 cape and 1 #3 saddle.
One exotic Pheasant skin.
1. This is very important. Be sure to
indicate which of the two categories your fly/s
should be entered in. If you do not, your fly
may not get into the right one and the results
could be disappointing for you.
2. Flies submitted must be for Salmon &/or
Steelhead. The free style flies needn't be
fishable but must be on a hook.
3. Include your name and mailing address,
email address if any, pattern name, pattern recipe,
a hard copy of all of this information and a floppy
disc with the info on it will be a big help.
4. Only two flies are permitted from each
Tyer and they can be in one or both categories.
5. Free style flies must contain feathers
from Peafowl as part of their dressing/s.
6. Flies and info will become property of FAOL.
Most if not all will be donated to fly fishing
clubs for their fundraising efforts.
7. Mail entries to Ronn Lucas, Sr., 13535
SE Beech, Milwaukie OR 97267, USA. Flies must
reach us by March 31, 2005 to be eligible.
About the Judging:
It was evident last year that by having only
one category, extremely well tied simple flies
simply couldn't compete with the more complex
fully dressed flies. Also, the point system
criteria which placed the Reader's choice and
creativity as almost two thirds of the overall
vote, was just too high. These components elevated
some flies while other very and maybe even more
deserving entries could not be given their
To hopefully even the playing field, this year,
Reader's choice will stand alone. Creativity will
have a less but still significant role in the final
scores particularly in the free style category.
These contests are presented to you, the readership
to encourage your fly tying skills growth by
competing head to head with your peers and to
A few words regarding the voting for the main
categories. We will receive many entries tied
by tyers of varying skill levels. I encourage
every Tyer to try to do his/her very best and
to have fun with the contest. All entries will
be photographed and shown in the Atlantic Tying
section here at FAOL. Remember, when we judge
the flies, every small detail can and will have
a big influence on the score. Crooked ribs, lumpy
floss, head cement wicking into the body or wings,
fuzz showing in the head and every other
consideration will effect the final score.
Be very critical of your flies.
Most contests will not give you the above information
but we want each of you to reach deep within yourselves
to refine and expand your skills. This is the best
prize we as Tyers can win in tying contests. Sure
the other prizes are great too but, this is a hobby
and if we don't improve our skills, we become stagnant
and too often our interest will fade.
Finally, please support our sponsors for this contest
and FAOL in general.
Now, let the contest begin!
Should anyone have any questions regarding the contest
or any facet of the series, please contact me at
503-654-0466 or, firstname.lastname@example.org or, 13535 SE Beech,
Milwaukie OR 97267.
Happy Trails! ~ Ronn Lucas, Sr.
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