Stephen makes it an even dozen and the swap is now closed.
Here's who's in:
and yours truly.
Tyers, please mark Thursday, December 15, 2005, on your calendars as the date for me to RECEIVE your flies.
I know this may seem elementary to most people, but from previous swaps I've found there's always at least one person who doesn't understand that for me to receive them by the 15th, they need to MAIL their flies several days earlier. The further you are from Seattle, the more time you should allow for snail mail to get here from wherever you are. Better yet, tie your flies early and send 'em as soon as you're finished.
Since there's twelve of us, you can send eleven flies and keep the twelfth for yourself (although an extra two or three for the swapmeister will be gratefully appreciated!)
So that everyone knows which beauties YOU tied, attach a toe tag to each of your flies with your name and the name of your fly. If you wish (and you write really small!), you can also include the recipe as well. A strip of paper cut to about 3/8" x 4" with a 1/4" on one end folded back and the point of the hook stuck through the doubled paper works great.
Please avoid using little pre-cut tags with strings that you tie onto each fly. From experience, the string works loose and I end up getting a bunch of loose flies and tags that I've gotta reattach. Also, please avoid big tags. At least one person will send their flies in a little tiny fly box or Altoid tin which will make stuffing your big tag into that tiny space a challenge.
Place your flies in a crush-proof container (a cheap plastic fly box, an Altoid tin or a plastic VHS tape case all work great). Put the container in a heavy manilla clasp envelope or sturdy box along with a self-addressed return envelope or a stick-on label.
Please make SURE and include the correct return postage or a couple of bucks. I get cranky when someone just assumes that I'll pay for return postage.
Mail the whole shebang to me at:
c/o L2D Design
13343 Bel-Red Road
Bellevue, WA 98005
I'll divide up the flies on Friday, December 16 and mail 'em back out to you. You don't have to wait until the middle of December to send 'em in. If everyone gets their flies in early then I can send 'em out early and the swap doesn't have to come to a screetching halt while one or two guys are frantically tying the day before the deadline.
Finally, if you've got to pull out of the swap for some unforeseen reason, PLEASE let us know by posting to this thread as soon as possible. Things change in life and it's OK if you've gotta focus on something else instead. But a little advance notice will go a long way and keep me from having to track you down the day before the deadline.
I'll add to this thread from time to time to see how we're all doing as the deadline draws closer and will send email or PMs to any laggards.
Otherwise, thanks for joining in the swap - I can't wait to see your personal interpretation of this classic pattern.
I put mine in the mail yesterday. 13 "Tree Farm GRHE's". They are black with red wire. I have had success with them in the dark waters of Lake Hancock. My last fish caught with one was a big brook trout in October.
Kent, I'm hoping you can reuse the box that I sent the flies in. Also, I put in $3 for the shipping. I hope that's enough. This is my first flyswap so I apologize if my swapping procedure is sloppy.