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Feb 15 2012

The Gilmer H.S. (Ga.) Trout Unlimited Club – Second Annual Fly Tying Contest

Calling All Fly Tiers: Open Invitation to Submit Entries for The Gilmer H.S. (Ga.) Trout Unlimited Club – Second Annual Fly Tying Contest

Official PDF here.

The Gilmer TU Club hereby announces the Club’s Second Annual Fly Tying Contest. Entry is easy. Fly tiers of all abilities are invited to submit three ties of a fly of their original design* suitable for fishing the Chattahoochee, Toccoa River DH and Tailwater, and other Georgia rivers and streams. The winning fly will have the distinction of being named the “Ben Ellis Fly.” Ben was a fourteen student in the Gilmer High School Trout Unlimited Club who died tragically after basic oral surgery. Ben was an avid outdoorsman in all aspects. His dedication to helping people around him was exemplary. In honor of Ben and his surviving family we offer an opportunity for someone to author a fly in his memory.

For many years, fly tiers have invented original flies and modifications of standard flies that are suitable for catching stocked trout, such as the Y2K, the San Juan Worm, the Eggi Juan Kenobi, Crystal Buggers, and the like. This contest seeks entries that can match or exceed the success of such favorites, known locally as “trout candy.” However, original designs inspired by more traditional materials and methodology are welcome, as long as they catch fish. Flies will be judged on attractiveness to trout, utility, originality, quality of tying, and suitability for tying.

The winning entry will be named the Ben Ellis Fly and the winner will receive a certificate, public acknowledgment, and publication of the award on the official Blue Ridge Mountain TU Website for a minimum of one year. The winner retains any rights to the fly, fly design, fly recipe, and the name Ben Ellis Fly. Each entry must consist of three (3) identical original flies, the complete recipe and fly tying instructions, name, address, telephone, signature of the submitter saying the flies are original and tied by the contestant, and $10 entry fee (Checks payable to Gilmer HS TU Club).

Entries must be mailed to Rusty Logan, Gilmer County HS, 408 Bobcat Trail. Ellijay, GA 30540, and received not later than close of school (3 p.m.) April 1, 2012.

Entries will be judged, and a decision reached by April 18, 2012. The decision of the judges is final. Complete rules are available at blueridgetu.com.

Entry fees are donations, and 100% of the proceeds go to the activities of the Gilmer High School (Georgia) Trout Unlimited Club, which is a non-profit school club dedicated to education and service related to the conservation, preservation, and protection of coldwater fisheries in N. Georgia.

Medusa Fly

Medusa Fly

Delayed Harvest Flies

Delayed Harvest Flies

Y2K Fly

Y2K Fly

Eggi Juan Kenobi

Eggi Juan Kenobi

*Original design means a fully novel fly or an original adaptation of existing flies. Dave Hise’s Eggi Juan Kenobi is an example of an original adaptation. Entries must not be copies of existing commercially available flies or flies the contestant knows have been designed by someone else.

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES FOR GILMER H.S. TU CLUB THE FLY TYING CONTEST

  1. All entries must be complete and received by April 1, 3 p.m. (by close of school) to be eligible for consideration.
  2. A complete entry consists of the name, address, and telephone number (for notification only) of the person submitting the flies, a signed statement that the fly is an original design or original adaptation of existing fly designs, three (3) identically tied flies, and a complete recipe and tying instructions, including hook type and size and full description of materials, and a $10 entry fee, which is a donation to Gilmer HS TU Club. 100% of the proceeds will be used for club educational and conservation efforts. All flies become the property of Gilmer HS Club. The contestant retains any rights to the design and recipe submitted. Original design means a fully novel fly or an original adaptation of existing flies. Dave Hise’s Eggi Juan Kenobi is an example of an original adaptation for purposes of this definition. Entries must not be copies of existing commercially available flies or flies the contestant knows have been designed by someone else.
  3. Entries must be mailed to Rusty Logan, Gilmer HS, 408 Bobcat Trail. Ellijay, GA 30540 and received not later than April 1, 2012. Checks are to be made payable to Gilmer H.S. TU Club. Inquiries may be emailed to Rusty Logan at rusty.logan@gilmerschools.com. Entries will be judged, and a decision reached NLT April 18, 2012.
  4. The contest judging will be conducted by two judges selected by Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited in a number identification fashion to keep the identity of contestants confidential from the judges. The judges will select a winning fly and a first and second runner-up. The judges will make a reasoned determination based on the following parameters: The fly is to be designed to target trout, and in particular, stocked rainbow, brown, and brook trout. The target waters are the Toccoa River Delayed Harvest (Nov.-April), the Toccoa Tailwater (year-round), the Chattahoochee (year-round), and other rivers and streams of North Georgia and surrounding Appalachian states. These fish respond to traditional and newer designs. An incomplete list of successful flies in these waters include the san juan worm, eggi juan Kenobi, Y2K, egg patterns, wooly buggers, crystal buggers, rainbow warrior, copper john, prince nymph and prince nymph variations, pheasant tail and pheasant tail variations.
  5. The submissions will be judged on attractiveness to trout, utility for the purpose; originality, quality of tying; and suitability of tying by others. The decision of the judges is final. The Gilmer TU Club recognizes that a competition calling for distinct original designs and multiple sometimes competing factors set forth above will be subjective. However, the judges will be experienced tiers who actually fish their creations, and, if necessary, they will swim and fish the flies. Upon completion of the contest, the judges plan to present to the students the analysis used to determine the winner as an educational exercise on fly tying and design.
  6. The winner’s fly is entitled to the name ”Ben Ellis Fly” and the recognition and publication of the designation by Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited and the Gilmer HS TU Club.
  7. Multiple submissions from one tier are permitted, but each submission must include an entry fee.

Official PDF here.

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