The Federation of Fly Fishers is proud to announce its 1st Annual FFF International Fly Tyers Competition In Support of Conservation and Education, beginning February 1, 2006, and ending at midnight, April 30, 2006. This event is a fund raiser with over $11,000.00 in prizes that will be given out through random drawing. The event will feature the talents of new and old members and will help fund the vital FFF conservation and education programs underway throughout the world. Judges in this International Competition will include such notable fly tyers as Gary Grant (Chairman of the Board of Directors of the FFF), Stu Apte, the salt water fly fishing legend, Judy Lehmberg, Bob Jacklin, Jeff “Bear” Andrews, Bob Clouser, Al & Gretchen Beatty, Ron Alcott of salmon fly fame, Bill Blackstone, Chris Helm, Dave Whitlock, Bob Schreiner and Roxanne & Terry Wilson. The Rules Any member of the FFF is eligible and encouraged to enter his or her flies in this worldwide competition. If you are not yet a member of the FFF, but wish to enter the competition, simply join the FFF on the FFF website http://www.fedflyfishers.org/abWhyJoin.php or call 406-222-9369. A special discounted "Virtual" membership costing only $10 is being offered for the duration of the Fly Tying Competition.. http://www.fedflyfishers.org/members/index.php For each fly entered into the competition, a donation of $5 will be required. Each member can enter one fly per category in as many categories as he or she chooses. For each entry, the fly must be packaged in some small container such as a small plastic box to prevent its being damaged, marked with the owner’s identity/address, fly category and Council or Country. The FFF International Fly Tyers Competition has been structured into 2 parts. First, there will be a competition between tyers within a given FFF Council and between tyers within a given Country. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in each category, for each Council and each Country. http://www.fedflyfishers.org/members/ftcomp/awards.php to see the awards and prizes in PDF format. Second, the 1st place winners in the various categories for each Council and for each Country will automatically be entered at no further cost into the FFF International Championship Competition finals. Once again, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded. At the Council/Country and International Championship levels of competition, each category of flies will be viewed and judged by FFF members, many of which are winners of the prestigious FFF Buszek Award for fly tying. The International Championship winning flies will be mounted and placed in the Federation of Fly Fishers Museum as part of a permanent display. Click http://www.fedflyfishers.org/members/ftcomp/judgers.php to see the biographies of the judges. For those who do not wish to entry the International Championship finals wherein your fly is judged by an FFF judge, there is an International Peoples' Choice Competition available for entry. This unique tournament would once again be open only to members of the FFF. There would once again be a donation of $5 per fly entered. Members would not have to enter a fly into the Council/Country level to be eligible to enter a fly into the International Peoples Choice Competition. Each of these flies would be posted on the FFF Fly Tying Peoples Choice Competition web page located on the main forum section of this site). FFF members at large could then vote online for their favorite patterns, once they are loaded into their respective forums. Winners would be announced on the FFF web site. They would receive an International Peoples Choice Award, and the same public recognition offered to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the International Championship Competition. Also, to encourage multiple entries in both competitions, individuals submitting 5-6 entries, 7-8 entries, 9-10 entries, and 11 or more entries will each be placed into one of four drawings referred to as Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV. Major prizes such as float trips, fly rods, fly reels and fly-tying tables will be in those drawings. These drawings will be made at the end of the International Championship Competition when the category winners are announced on the FFF website. To see the awards and prizes, click here http://www.fedflyfishers.org/members/ftcomp/awards.php. The above competitions run from February 1, 2006 to midnight April 30, 2006. Winners will be announced June 1, 2006. Each of the 1st place flies for each Council and each Country in each Category will be displayed on this Competition website. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place flies at the World Championship level will also be displayed. All flies entered will become the property of the FFF and will be used in the future by the FFF at Federation Conclaves and other FFF events to help raise funding for the many fly fishing conservation and education projects of the FFF. Contacts for Any Questions You May Have You can also go to the FFF Forum webpage http://www.fedflyfishers.org/cgi-bin/forum/YaBB.cgi?board=competition;action=display;num=1137714254 to post any question you may have and it will be answered quickly. In the event that you need to speak with someone, you can contact Ben Cochran at 276-632-8780. Ben resides in Virginia, so he is on east coast time.