A few months ago we at FAOL started a contest
for the readers to submit a fly or two that
contained Ringneck Pheasant feathers in the
recipes. I must say that we got a lot of
outstanding entries to this contest.
I'd like to thank the Tyers who entered their
flies and for the hard work that went into them.
Some were straightforward patterns and others
were fanciful creations. All are works of art
that each Tyer can be proud of.
First Place and Reader's Choice
The North Wind
Tyer: Jukka Nissinen
Tyer: Richard Connors
Iron Age III
Tyer: John Sievert
On behalf of FAOL and myself, I'd like to thank
all of the entrants to this tying contest. Each
and every one of you were winners by taking the
time and making the effort to push your tying
skills a bit higher than you might have otherwise
Unfortunately, not every one of you can be a prize
winner. Since this was the first of what we plan
to be an annual event, we are learning too. I'd
like to emphasize a bit on the judging. The reader's
choice played a very big role in the final three
winners. There were several other flies that could
have easily been in the top three because of technical
and creativity points had the judging based solely
on these two categories. Regardless of that, I think
you'll all agree that these three flies deserve their
places in the winner's circle.
The point of having this contest was/is to bring
new Tyers to the craft and help make existing Tyers
better. If any of the of the entrants would like to
go over their flies with me from a technical point
of view, please feel free to email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 503-654-0466. I'll be
more than happy to give some input that may help fine
tune your flies.
Until the next contest.
Happy Trails! ~ Ronn Lucas, Sr.
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