Fly Tying Skills Award Program
The FFI Fly Tying Group exists to promote and encourage the art of fly tying. We take “promoting” to have a two-fold meaning: inspiring more people to take an interest in our craft and helping them to become more knowledgeable and accomplished tiers. The Fly Tying Group is dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and support of the art of fly tying.
For individuals to improve as tiers, they need to be able to measure their progress. The FFI Fly Tying Skills Awards Program provides FFI members with the opportunity to develop or reinforce their fly tying skills and test their progress against a consistent, standard at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The goal of the Awards Program is to encourage FFI members to develop and improve their fly tying skills at their own pace through a structured learning plan with progressive goals. The Program is meant to be informative, enjoyable and encourage camaraderie and co-operation among those taking part. In addition, it can also assist Clubs and instructors in the planning and delivering of fly tying courses.
Participation is entirely voluntary. No FFI member or Club is under any obligation to take part.
Silver Award Page
Silver Award Handbook
Gold Award Page
Gold Award Handbook
Bronze Award Page
Bronze Award Handbook
Simply tie the flies. Follow the tying instructions in the Bronze Award Handbook and Videos. Contact an evaluator to confirm his/her availability to evaluate your flies and get their mailing address. Mail the flies and the completed Evaluation Fly Transmittal Form to the evaluator. We suggest you mail your flies in a small compartmentalized box that will fit into a 6" x 9" cushioned mailer and mailed First Class Mail. Please write your name on or in the box.
Fees vary based on award level and membership in FFI and the Fly Tying Group. Regardless of the fee paid, there will be an additional fee of $30.00 for returning the flies to an internaitonal mailing location. Email a completed Transmittal Form to the FFI office and make a payment using a credit card at the FFI Store, or mail a copy of the completed Transmittal Form along with a check to: Fly Fishers International; FTG Coordinator; 5237 U.S. Highway 89 South, #11; Livingston, Montana 59047. REFUND POLICY: The application fee is a non-refundable fee regardless of the outcome of the evaluation.
FFI staff will process receipt of the application fee by date and applicant’s name. Upon receipt of the evaluated flies and confirmation that requirements for the Award have been met, the applicant will be mailed their Award Pin, Certificate, and a copy of the evaluations.
It is the intent of the program that each applicant improves their skills and be awarded for this achievement. If the first submission does not meet the criteria, the evaluator will provide feedback and suggest re-submittal of any number of the required flies for further evaluation. The process must be completed within 90 days from time of original application, at which time the application will expire. An applicant may submit a second complete application (must include flies, forms and fee) following expiration of the first application.
Click here to see all the evaluators. After your flies are evaluated, the Evaluation Form and flies will be forwarded to a member of the Evaluation Review Panel. Once successfully reviewed by a Review Panel member, the office will be notified and you will receive your award.
If you have any questions about the Fly Tying Skills Award Program, please feel free to call or email any of the persons listed below as Committee Members, Evaluators, or Review Panel Members.Should you have any issues you cannot resolve please feel free to contact any member of the Fly Tying Skills Awards Committee (Listed below).
Thank you for your interest and involvement in the FFI Fly Tying Skills Award Program!
For more information regarding the program and/or process feel free to contact any of the following involved individuals: Please note that no mailing addresses are included in these listings for privacy reasons. Please contact these individuals by phone or email for the mailing addresses.
FFI Fly Tying Skills Awards Program Committee
Jim Ferguson, FTG BOG
Gene Kaczmarek, Emeritus FTG BOG
Leslie Wrixon, FTG BOG
Chuck Collins, FTG BOG
208-237-9746 or 208-241-1726
Al Beatty, Emeritus FTG BOG
Gretchen Beatty, Emeritus FTG BOG
Paul Beckmann, FTG BOG