Fly Tying Competition at 2015 Iowa State Fair by Larry Murphy

The Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association will again be sponsoring the Fly Tying competition at this year’s Iowa State Fair.  The competition is supported by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa State Fair.  The goal is to provide an opportunity for the public to view the art of fly tying and to promote fly fishing in Iowa.

This year’s fair will be held from August 13th through the 23rd.  The fly tying display will be in the DNR Building on the Fairgrounds during the fair.  The judging is scheduled for Thursday, August 14th at 3:00 p.m.

Fly entries need to be received at the Fair Administration post box by July 31st. 2015.

There are three divisions

  • Adult  division is for anyone 17 years of age and older.
  • The Junior division is for anyone 16 years and younger.
  • Expert division for tiers who have sold flies.

There are four categories for each division.  The categories are  the following:

  • Dry Fly
  • Wet Fly/Soft Hackle/Nymph
  • Streamers
  • Open Class

You may enter in each of the categories, but only one fly for each category.

You must be an Iowa resident to enter.  If you have ever tied flies commercially or sold the flies that you have tied, you must enter the Expert Division  If you won a blue ribbon for one of the categories last year, you are not permitted to enter the same category this year.

The Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association will provide judges for the competition.  Ribbons will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  Each fly will be judged in its category.  In our contest, a panel of judges will chose the places in each category and division.  The visitors to the state fair will see the flies displayed in the DNR Building.

No flies smaller than size #18.

Flies must be sent to the Iowa State Fair Administration Office, P.O. Box 57130, Des Moines, IA 50317 and received by July 31, 2015.  Each fly entered must have the Fly Tiers name, address, telephone number, name of the fly, division to be entered and the category.

You may pick up your flies after  7:00 pm on last Sunday of the State Fair. fly tying display fly tying judges

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