05-06 Beginner/Intermediate Anti-Shack Nasty Marathon Fly Swap

Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by Ron Eagle Elk, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    What's tied will soon be in the mail

    :beer2:

    It was an interesting experiment, I'll say that much!


    Rolland
     
  2. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Mine's in the mail as of now!

    Yes, I'm thinking that it's going to take mad tying skillz to win this one.

    This would be smack talk, except for the obvious high quality of the ties so far.

    Plus, I looked at the flies from last year and they looked pretty good too.

    So no smack talk from me ... but I like my tie!


    Also for Ron: ... I didn't toe tag it because I wanted get it out on time and I was pretty sure they'd be judged without toe tags. I can PM you the ingredients, but they're all fly shop standards and a toe tag wouldn't really help anybody re-create it any way. I may do a quick write-up on how I tied it, where "quick" means "short" as opposed to "appearing in the near future." :D

    If you want the recipe, PM me and I'll get it out.


    Rolland
     
  3. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Rolland,

    Last year was the first time I ran this swap and contest. The flies for the contest just blew me away. I have come to believe that fly tiers are their own worst critics and underrate their tying abilities tremendously.

    When the pics of the flies go up in the gallery I'm sure everyone would like to see your tying instructions.

    And, yes, it is an interesting experience isn't it?

    REE
     
  4. Desmond Wiles

    Desmond Wiles Sir Castaline

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    I dropped mine off at the P.O. at 7:00 this morning Ron, so I would guess it will arrive at your box on Saturday.

    I'm anxious to see the others!

    Des
     
  5. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Thanks Desmond, I'll be keeping an eye peeled for it.

    REE
     
  6. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Shad King's Christmas fly arrived today. I'm really glad I'm not judging this. There are some really cool flies arriving for this conteast.

    REE
     
  7. Wayne Kohan

    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    Mine is in the mail as of yesterday. My brain is still crapming from trying to come up with ideas. I'm going to take a break and build a fly rod these next couple of weeks.

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  8. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Hey Desmond,

    Your fly arrived in the afternoon mail. All I can say is "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" around here.

    REE
     
  9. Ron Eagle Elk

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    The mail box was filled today with Christmas Flies from Jesse James, Wayne Kohan and Matt Grunwald (okay so it was Max, Matt's 4 year old son).

    Just so everyone knows what's in, I have flies from Matt Grunwald, Tom Grobelny, The Shad King, Jesse James, Desmond Wiles, Wayne Kohan, Randy Diefert and AnyFish.

    Time is quickly running out, folks.

    REE
     
  10. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Actually, I think it will be really easy to determine the winners.

    The hard part is trying to figure out which of the 8 or so first place flies should get the hackle. :D


    Rolland
     
  11. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    With fifteen talented tiers in the swap and only seven entries?? You guys are making the odds much better in this contest. I was the recipient of one of Denny's hackles last year and it was worth the efort.
    Blessings
    jesse clark
     
  12. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Jesse,

    I'm hoping the mailbox will be filled this afternoon, just to flesh out the field a little. Your right about the talent here. You guys are really underrating yourselves as beginner/intermediate tiers. Wait till you see the stuff from those that have only been tying a short time. Really nice flies.

    REE
     
  13. Desmond Wiles

    Desmond Wiles Sir Castaline

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    So today's the big day! Feed those guys good Ron!! Look'n forward to the pics.

    Des
     
  14. Ron Eagle Elk

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    Howdy All,

    First, the bad news. My judges had to cancel due to a death in the family and I refuse to be the judge in this one.

    Now the good news. I didn't have to do a buffalo feed so I took all the flies to a local shop and set them up on a numbered board so no names were used. The proprietor and shop folks plus any fly tiers who happened into the shop were given a chance to vote (including Sixfinger, a member of this board) on your flies and the judging is complete.

    First, I'm glad I wasn't judging this contest. There were so many fine creations that I really couldn't choose between them. Even the folks who don't know you had a hard time. There was one point separating the first three places with the rest following closely behind.

    The winners are: Da-ta-da-dah!

    1st Place - Wayne Kohan

    2d Place - Desmond Wiles

    3d Place - The Shad King

    We don't have a spot in the gallery yet for these flies, but I'll post the pictures in a separate thread on the main board so they have the wide audience they deserve.

    You are some very talented and artistic tiers. Every fly was well done and really showed your creative side. Congratulations to all of you on a job very well done.

    You are all just flat out amazing tiers.

    REE
     
  15. TheShadKing

    TheShadKing Will Fish For Food

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    Here's my fly

    I can't wait to see the other flies. The ones from last year were incredibly impressive.

    I took a picture of mine before I sent it out. The bulk of the fly is a dubbing wire with a combination of Bennecchi's silver-green thread, green wire, and the two twisted together. The "lights" are small beads on Largartun's tinsel.

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