Monthly Fly 'Salon' (sort of a contest) - interested?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by Thomas Mitchell, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    Just floating an idea to gauge interest...

    Back in the day when I thought I had a future in fine arts photography, I participated in a fairly serious photography discussion board. They held an ongoing monthly 'Salon' which is sort of a contest but without a real prize. I thought it might be fun for the fly tiers on this site, especially in a La Nina winter...

    It works like this:

    1) Adjudicator chooses a theme and sets up a message thread
    2) Tiers design/choose a pattern based on the theme, tie it then upload a photo to their WFF gallery and post it to the thread
    3) At the deadline, the Adjudicator chooses the one that he/she thinks best fits the theme
    4) The winner becomes the next Adjudicator, chooses theme and so one in perpetuity...

    I also think it might be a more viable form of fly swap, especially if we include a requirement of a materials list with the photo. Everyone only has to tie one fly, no mailing, etc, etc.

    Let me know what you think. If there's interest, I'll act as the first Adjudicator. I'll also draw up a rules post that maybe Chris could post as a sticky.


  2. Steve Rohrbach

    Steve Rohrbach Puget Sound Fly Fisher

    Thomas, this sounds like a great way to encourage creativity in the fly tying forum. I can see it being focused on a species, a body of water, a type of material or combination of things. The materials list and simple tying instructions would be a big plus.

    Count me in.

    Thanks, Steve
  3. 1morecast

    1morecast Active Member

    Great idea! Count me in.
  4. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

    Thomas- I'm in so long so long as we can participate on an 'as time allows' basis.
  5. Joe Goodfellow

    Joe Goodfellow Active Member

    thats sick im in
  6. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    That's actually the main point of this versus the traditional fly-swap.

    It's new every month. Someone just posts the theme and the people that want to tie something (or already have a fly that fits) just post. No time or no interest in the theme = no post to the thread.

    Easy-peasy is the goal.

    I'll draw up a quick guidelines post and set up the first thread for December over the Turkey Day holiday.
  7. MountainTrout

    MountainTrout Bacon-wrapped trout?

    Great idea! Would it be an Iron Chef type thing where everyone has to tie something different using the exact same materials?
  8. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    Nope, complete freedom on the part of the tiers to express themselves and interpret the theme. Chaos brings ingenuity...
  9. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member

    I would be interested
  10. Ralphie

    Ralphie Mike Ralph

    Sounds good. I'm a novice, so it will help me be creative without trying to perfect traditional patterns.
  11. powpow

    powpow Member

    in for the goods! ha whatever that means
  12. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

    Sure, I'll play
  13. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

    Sounds like a great idea, I'm in
  14. Loopy

    Loopy Member

    If overseas visitors are allowed please count me in.

    Sounds good.

  15. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    I'm in. Shock and awe.
  16. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

  17. kelvin

    kelvin Active Member