2016 State Fair Fly Tying Competition – Winners Announced

Judging Fly 20162016 Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition

The fly tying competition was held this past week at the 2016 Iowa State Fair. This competition has been developed and sponsored by the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association (HFFA) with support of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Thank you to the Central Iowa Fly Fishers for their organization and work in making this annual event a success.

There were 12 entrants with 36 flies entered into the competition from across the state: 3 in the junior division, 7 in the adult division, and 2 in the expert division. Contestants could enter flies in four categories – dry flies, wet/nymph flies, streamer flies, and open.

This year’s judges were Dean Elder (Marshalltown) and James Barnhart (Des Moines). The judges awarded three places for each category. The judging took place at the State Fair on Friday, August 12th and awards were presented on the DNR stage on Saturday, August 13th.

The flies were on display in the DNR building on the fairgrounds during the entire fair. On the first and second Saturday of the fair, HFFA provided a demonstration on the basics of fly fishing in Iowa. There was nearly full attendance in the DNR Courtyard stage area for these demonstrations.

Thank you to all the tiers for sharing their creations with us and thank you to the judges and organizers for making this competition possible. And the results of the 2016 Iowa State Fair Fly Tying Competition are…

Junior Division

  Tier Name Fly Pattern City
Dry Fly Category      
1st Place Owen Harris Ant Polk City
2nd Place Keelan Van Heiden Yellow Sally Simulator Holland
Wet Fly/Nymph Category      
1st Place Keelan Van Heiden Bead Head Prince Nymph Holland
2nd Place Owen Harris Pink Squirrel Polk City
3rd Place Anna Harris Big Catch Polk City
Open Category      
1st Place Owen Harris Big Bill Polk City
2nd Place Anna Harris Golden Winner Polk City
Streamer Category      
1st Place Keelan Van Heiden Olive Woolly Bugger Holland
2nd Place Anna Harris Little Sparkle Polk City
3rd Place Owen Harris Black Ghost Polk City

Adult Division

  Tier Name Fly Pattern City
Dry Fly Category      
1st Place Micah Fields October Caddis Iowa City
2nd Place Clayton Walters Griffiths Gnat Ely
3rd Place Tom Wolske Ginger Quill Ames
Wet Fly/Nymph Category      
1st Place Tom Donnelly Hornberg Cedar Rapids
2nd Place Tom Wolskey Shakey Bealy Ames
3rd Place Clayton Walters Pheasant Tail Ely
Open Category      
1st Place Micah Fields Hopper Juan Iowa City
2nd Place Tom Wolske Hydropsyche Caddis Larva Ames
3rd Place Clayton Walters Wooly Bugger Ely
       
Streamer Category      
1st Place Clayton Walters Muddler Minnow Ely
2nd Place Tom Wolske Rogan’s Royal Gray Ghost Ames
3rd Place Rick Kelly Ally’s Shrimp Johnston

Expert Division

  Tier Name Fly Pattern City
Dry Fly Category      
1st Place CJ Klenske Sparkle Blue Wing Olive Dubuque
2nd Place Michael Jacobs Humpy Monticello
Wet Fly/Nymph Category      
1st Place CJ Klenske Caddistrophic Pupa Dubuque
2nd Place Michael Jacobs Rubber Leg Peacock Nymph Monticello
Open Category      
1st Place Michael Jacobs Grim Reaper Monticello
2nd Place CJ Klenske Hot Wire Stone Dubuque
       
Streamer Category      
1st Place Michael Jacobs Goldie Monticello

Judges 2016 State Fair

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