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Fly Tying Contests?

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What are your feelings about Fly Tying Contests?

I know I will get the negative responses along with positives.

Be nice in your posts.

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I detest all contests in connection with my pastimes.

Posted on: 12/15 12:24
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Guess if you were a photographer you would detest photo contests too.

So what are your reasons? I have other responses from a blog I started that are in favor because it shows the art form of the fly.

Others that are against say they don't see the need since the scraggly fly they tied catch fish.

Posted on: 12/15 12:51
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I tie for pleasure and utility, not for praise. I find many, if not most, contests to be vanity. This is why I detest them in my pastimes, but I have no problem if they bring joy to others as participants or spectators.

Posted on: 12/15 12:55
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Valid response Jack.

I always looked at Fly Tying as an art form. Can art be judge? Isn't it in the eye of the beholder? It is up to the judge(s) and what their perception of a beautiful fly looks like or how a painting is painted. This is subjective and the participant should know that before they enter.

I find them fun and I get to see some really exceptional tied flies. Now with Facebook and Instagram I have seen many exceptionally tied flies that can be framed on a wall as a piece of art.

Lets face it when we read Fly Tyer Magazine we all like to see a clean, exceptionally tied fly.

Posted on: 12/15 13:11
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JerryCoviello wrote:
Guess if you were a photographer you would detest photo contests too.

So what are your reasons? I have other responses from a blog I started that are in favor because it shows the art form of the fly.

Others that are against say they don't see the need since the scraggly fly they tied catch fish.


Actually, i've peaked in Jack's flybox...his flies sure are scraggly...but I'm not sure if they even catch anything!

There may be some on here looking to participate, but I would guess I many more members would be interested in observing and admiring the flies submitted for the contest.

What type of contest do you have in mind, Jerry?

Posted on: 12/15 13:22


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Actually, i've peaked in Jack's flybox...his flies sure are scraggly


Those are the ones I stole from Maurice. And, I don't care if you peeked in my flybox, but I would be offended if you peaked in it.

Posted on: 12/15 13:36
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Personally, I wouldn't be interested. Life is competitive enough already; I fish and tie to get out of the rat race, not find ways to extend it.

OTOH, I have nothing against tying contests for those who enjoy such things.

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JerryCoviello wrote:
Guess if you were a photographer you would detest photo contests too.

So what are your reasons? I have other responses from a blog I started that are in favor because it shows the art form of the fly.

Others that are against say they don't see the need since the scraggly fly they tied catch fish.


Actually, i've peaked in Jack's flybox...his flies sure are scraggly...but I'm not sure if they even catch anything!

There may be some on here looking to participate, but I would guess I many more members would be interested in observing and admiring the flies submitted for the contest.

What type of contest do you have in mind, Jerry?


I am using the responses to formulate what I will run into if and when the FFI Fly Tying Group creates it's first Fly Tying Contest.

I have been a contestant in many of them and know the drill. Honestly they are fun and I did learn a lot of techniques that did help my tying.

There is no problem with tying a fly just to catch a fish, that is why we tie flies. BUT there are a few that have gone to the next level and wanted to tie a well proportionate fly.


Posted on: 12/15 13:49
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I rarely share the flies I actually fish with, and I really don't have the time to tie flies I'm not going to fish with. So, while I would enjoy seeing the results of a competition (stokes the creativity), I doubt I would actually enter one, unless it was for a holiday fly (I won a Christmas fly contest either on this site or another once for a red, green, and gold deceiver) or maybe just a competition tying a standard fly like a griffith's gnat or something like that. I guard my actual fishing flies pretty jealously.

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I rarely share the flies I actually fish with, and I really don't have the time to tie flies I'm not going to fish with. So, while I would enjoy seeing the results of a competition (stokes the creativity), I doubt I would actually enter one, unless it was for a holiday fly (I won a Christmas fly contest either on this site or another once for a red, green, and gold deceiver) or maybe just a competition tying a standard fly like a griffith's gnat or something like that. I guard my actual fishing flies pretty jealously.


My first contest I had to tie a parmachene belle wet fly. I won and I used the ones I practiced with to fish with. I caught many a brook trout. If it wasn't for that contest I would never have tried to tie a married wing wet fly and fish it. Now I have a bunch in my fly box.

I show everyone my fishing flies. Not worried about someone coping them. Guess it is the instructor in me to show and promote fly tying.

Posted on: 12/15 14:05
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I like the swaps and the photos. I to am against tying for a contests, I to tie for my fish not my eyes. I also fish for my hand; not for my belly or others.

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I like the swaps and the photos. I to am against tying for a contests, I to tie for my fish not my eyes. I also fish for my hand; not for my belly or others.


But you wouldn't flame post one if it was posted, correct?


Posted on: 12/15 16:28
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Its the same with fishing competitions, if you don't like it don't participate.

I personally don't tie flies to impress other people, I tie them to catch fish. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy it, I enjoy tying very much but I tie them because I enjoy the process and the tradition of it all not to impress someone else.

The problem with tying competitions to me would be that the judging is based on what someone else thinks a fly should be, to me a fly is sort of a functional art and should be tied the way the tier wants the fly to look like, and not tying it based on someone elses opinion on how it should look.


But with all that said, I dont see anything actually wrong with having a competition, Its all just good fun, if thats your thing, and there are others who enjoy that type of thing then why not?

Posted on: 12/15 17:09


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I tie for pleasure and utility, not for praise. I find many, if not most, contests to be vanity. This is why I detest them in my pastimes, but I have no problem if they bring joy to others as participants or spectators.


+ one

Posted on: 12/15 17:53



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