The Fly Tying Group will have a lot to share in on all aspects of fly tying this year at the Fair. Everyone is welcome to participate!
The Fly Tying Rendezvous BBQ and raffle of fly tying materials is Tuesday, August 1 from noon to 4:00 p.m. Workshops begin Tuesday as well with the two-day Women's Fly Tying Workshop. Other workshops throughout the week include tying wings on salmon flies, controlling thread, working with deer hair, tying feather wings on streamers and more.
You’ll be able to watch some of the best tiers in the world demonstrate their specialties:
Friday, August 4, from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Be sure to drop by the FTG booth to visit about what we are doing to preserve the art form of fly tying for all fly fishers.
What is the IRON FLY Tying CONTEST you ask?
It’ a live fly tying contest and really quite simple, just tie a fly.
Not a fly tyer, then come and enjoy the fun. It’s an entertaining activity for all show attendees to watch. But for those brave enough to tie, well then their fun will begin when the clock starts.
But wait, let’s review the rules.
- There will be 4 preliminary rounds 2 each day.
- On Saturday, the winners from each preliminary round will tie off in a Semi-final round. The winners will compete in the Grand Champion TIE-OFF.
- The contestants will have a different packet of material in which to design a fly, and only 6 minutes in which to complete the fly. When the time is up the hands must be raise away from the fly.
- All material from the packet must be visible on the fly or be disqualified. We will change the material and fly type for each round, just to make it interesting.
- Each material packet contains: a hook, some feathers, maybe some fur, and even flash material. (Oh, they will not know what type of fly to tie until just before the time starts.)
- Flies will be judged on Originality, Neatness & Best use of Materials.
- A 3-person judging panel will be chosen each day and members of the Fly Tying Group BOG will judge the final round.
So, if you think you can handle the pressure bring your cheering section and sign up to test your design and tying skills.
The rules for the IRON FLY;
1. There will be 2 preliminary rounds daily, one semifinal rounds on Saturday, and followed by the Grand Champion TIE-OFF
2. Tying time will be limited to 6 minutes
3. Each tier will design and tie the required fly type
4. Tier’s design must have each of the materials supplied visible for the judges
5. The FTG will supply the material for each Round
6. Materials, hook and fly type will change with each round.
7. Tiers to bring tools of their choice
8. Additional material will be available for use
9. Three Judges will be chosen daily by the FTG
10. Scoring will be for: Originality, Neatness & Best use of Materials (0– 10)