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.

January: Midge Emerger - any pattern any size up to #16

February: Baitfish - any pattern - any material - any size

March: Let's Do Legs - any pattern - any size that incorporates rubber legs

April: Dave Whitlock's Near n' Nuff Sculpin size #4 or #6

May: Bluegill Month - any bluegill pattern in any size

June: Cinberg Neversink Skater Style Dry Fly size 14 - 16

July: Fun with Foam - any pattern - any size using foam

August: Charlie Craven's Dirty Hippie

September: Gartside Gurgler - any size

October: Grumpy Grizzly Baitfish size 2 - 6

November: Material Tie - Peacock Feathers - any pattern - any size using peacock

December: Female Adams Jig - size 14 -16