FLY OF THE MONTH
There are AFF members with mad fly tying skills who go head to head to see who is the baddest tier in the land each month! But don’t be put off if you think you are not advanced enough to compete. These patterns are selected not only because they are great patterns for fish catching but they will also force tiers to hone their skills. If you compete, you will be a better tier.
If you are new to a pattern…or even fly tying…you will find that while the competition is on, there is a lot of camaraderie and our members have a willingness to share skills and experience. A great place to meet many of these great tiers is at AFF’s Sipping & Tying the first Monday of the Month at Flyway Brewing.
The rules are pretty simple. The pictures below are just to give you an idea of the fly….each tier should have their own interpretation and variances, but the tier must use the appropriate hook size designated. Flies are judged by club members and guests during AFF’s monthly meeting & each individual can vote for one fly. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd are awarded based on the points received during that month’s challenge. 1st gets 3 points, 2nd gets 2 points, and 3rd gets one point. The tier with the most points at the end of the year wins.
Fly of the Month will be conducted online until we are able to meet in person. To participate, please send a photo of your fly to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 pm on the 3rd Monday of the month (regular meeting time). Those submissions will be formatted consistently and a Google survey will be created as a mechanism for everyone to vote . When this is ready, an email message as well as social media posts with the survey link will be sent out. Once there has been ample time to vote, we will announce the month's results with the next Fly of the Month submission reminder and the monthly club update.
January: Midge Month - Any DRY fly midge pattern. Size 18 max. No nymphs or emergers. Dries only.
February: Shakey Bealy, Size 12
March: Gartside Soft Hackle Streamer, Size 1/0
April: Skip Morris' Predator fly
May: Clouser Minnow
June: Claret Dabbler, Size 10
July: Ants, Any Ant pattern, Any Size
August: Material Tie, Marabou, Any Pattern, Any Size using Marabou
September: Mini Feather Craw, Size 2-4 Jig hook
October: Autumn Splendor, Size 8
November: Lefty's Deceiver, Size 2
December: Film Critic, Size 14