Here is the story: Hopefully my friend Freestone will fill in the details and get the story back on course if I drift in the wrong direction. It seems as a youngster of 5 Freestone had a spontaneous interest in learning to fish. As such, and with two non fishing parents, Freestone was determined to go it alone. Armed with an entry level spinning combo from Dad, Freestone was off to the local lake to fish from the dock for panfish. After three years, that is right, three long years, Freestone had not yet been able to bring a fish to hand. Sure, there were ample bites, takes and tugs, but none would stick. Then one day on the dock, Freestone saw a young lad bringing in a fish to hand. Rushing over to see what the angler was using it was apparent. The hook holding the fish at the end of this lad's line was much different than what had been in use for the past three years. It seems that young Freestone's parents were so concerned that fishing would cause some sort of self injury that they had put snap swivels into the tackle box and presented them as the business end of the line for Freestone's safety. Freestone is now one of the most accomplished anglers that I've met and has caught fish, seriously large trout and anadramous fish, in many places that you and I only dream of going. I have seen photos of a westslope cutthroat trout that was just under ten pounds and browns from the southern hemisphere that would make Mr. Matney and the Montana Brown Trout Gang go bonkers. Here is the Swap: You put your best dressing onto a snap swivel for each of the twelve who sign up (we can adjust this as interest grows or fades). You get them done on time, they must arrive at my door no later than October 22nd, 2010. I'll get them turned around and out to you within a day or two. You include a self addressed stamped envelop or shipping label, do not send me cash or I'll use it to buy beer and more snap swivels. Here is the Contest: You get them in hand and you take them and fish them for whateverinthehell you wish. Trout, spiny rays, steelhead, salmon, suckers to bluewater beasts I don't care. Post a photo of the snap swivel fly and the fish caught. I'll come up with two prizes, cheap ass trinkets I'm sure, one for the successful angler and the other for the snap swivel fly tying genius that put you onto that fish. What say you? Coho has been a bust. Steel are not stacked up yet. Chum will be here soon. Get in and get done. Freestone Mumbles - baitfish IN HAND Trevor Thorp MtnWkr - Spider IN HAND Jim Henderson Rob Ast IN HAND Bob Jones IN HAND Kwerfwappie - Baitfish IN HAND Bob Triggs fodf - Eric Electric OUT Whit Bunny head bugger IN HAND Ralphie Hare's ear nymph IN HAND Sign up, have fun, don't be a slacker and keep us waiting. Peace. Great question Trevor, nothing but your tying material gets added to the swivel...no hook, no other fly. Fish it with the swivel open and think of it as a barbless hook with built in leader twist prevention!