Discussion in 'Fly Swaps' started by Mike Etgen, Sep 1, 2009.
I'm still in. Just been working 50-60 hour 7 day weeks lately.
Cha-Ching...gotta love that in this economy. Get it while you can.
I'll get mine tied up and in the mail tomorrow or Tuesday.
I've been tying some recently, just trying to decide which are worth sending.
I wanted to tie old steelhead patterns that had their origins in the NW or Washington. Then I tried to tie them in a spey style. Here are the three flies I have tied so far.
Green Butt Skunk
Mike, my flies are in the mail today.
Sent some today, keep the box Mike
Sourdoughs' flies came in today. I know it sounds old, but geez - sweeeet! 2 each for the trout and salt collections.
Everything is set with the organization to handle "outside" bidders. What I need is some guidance from you guys about how to solicit bidders from WFF, and then how to handle those bids.
I don't know how many of you will entertain bidding - not that anyone of you should feel you need to - but if I could get an idea, that would tell me if I need to open it up to the main board. At this point I haven't posted anything about this on the main board, but if it appears that I need to drum up a little interest, I'll do that as the balance of the flies arrive.
As far as the actual bidding goes, I have assurance that this can be handled by committee members. Ideally, each outside bidder would be represented by a single member, and I understand that about fifteen can be accomodated that way. I suppose that we could settle for a two-to-one ratio if we had a larger level of interest and everyone feels confident that this can be handled without favoritism.
My initial thought is that WFF members who want to bid will have a deadline to work to, and would be expected to set a minimum and maximum bid for any of the selections in which they're interested. If we can do this electronically, I can handle sorting it all out, and come up with a "blind bidder" format that will make sure that no outside bidder is identified by name to the board member. I've pretty much planned to attend, to talk up the selections and encourage attending bidders. I'll disqualify myself from bidding.
I've photographed all but Ron's and those I just received from Sourdough. Once I get them uploaded here, I'll need some help from some of you naming your selections. Some I recognize or knew in advance, but many are totally new to me.
Oh - one more thought. I've been asked to set a minimum acceptable bid for each selection. I don't want to scare anyone off , but it seems to me that $50.00 a box - including the flybox - is a helluva deal for the kind of flies we're receiving and offering. Any thoughts from you all are appreciated.
Daconcil - your flies look great and will definitely fit in proudly with the flies I've received thus far.
Oh...none of you seem interested in any kind of individual recognition or elaboration, though REE named his flies and added the recipes, but I would at least like to be able to list the contributors and their town or city of residence. Any objections?
As of tonight, these guys have flies in to me:
Ron Eagle Elk
Daryl, will be on the lookout for yours.
No objection from me
Flies and boxes will go out in the mail tomorrow or saturday, depending when I can jet over to the post office. I'll post pics of the flies in a bit.
Daryle's flies have arrived and will make a great contribution to the three selections. I'm guessing that the three individually located in the middle slots are Speys? All of them look great, Daryle. Thanks.
Ben...sounds good. I'll assume you're including a bill of sale or invoice I can respond to in order to repay you?
Here's the current list:
Ron Eagle Elk
Thought you guys would like a count. So far received, 62 in all:
40 trout flies
17 salt flies
5 spey flies
Yep, A stimy and stone , couple of salt tube clousers and the rest Speys
No objection from me on adding my name or City of residence. Yelm could use some positive publicity.
Here are my flies. Finally packaged and being sent out tomorrow w/ the boxes:thumb:
Ben, those are fantastic. Excellent work for sure.