Flies of the World Fly-Tying Championships
by Dave Klausmeyer
Last year was Fly Tyer magazine’s 30th anniversary. In celebration of that milestone, we teamed with the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum to hold the world’s largest fly-tying contest. Almost 300 of you participated, and we are pleased to show you all the winning flies.

Selecting the Flies

To recap, each entrant submitted two flies. The first pattern, which we termed the mandatory pattern, had to be either a Royal Wulff, Hair-Wing Blue Doctor, or Flashtail Whistler. Each tier also submitted one tiebreaker fly of his or her choice. The only rule with respect to the tiebreaker was that it had to be a fly the tier might use under actual fishing conditions.

All the flies were mounted and on display in the Catskill Center’s galleries. A committee comprising members of the Center selected the top 20 mandatory flies, and the tiebreaker patterns submitted by those tiers progressed to the second round of judging. For the second round, the 20 tiebreaker flies were on display during the weekend of the 2008 Fly Fishing Hall of Fame ceremonies. Almost 200 eager anglers attended that prestigious event, and in addition to meeting the new inductees to the Hall of Fame, they voted to select the winning flies in our contest.

And so, without further ado, we are proud to share all the flies that placed in Fly Tyer magazine’s 30th Anniversary World Fly-Tying Championships.

ImageFirst Place
In the winter issue of Fly Tyer, we announced that RICHARD GRENCAVICH, of Conyngham, Pennsylvania, won first place in Fly Tyer magazine’s 30th Anniversary World Fly-Tying Championships. Richard snagged the grand prizes, our one-of-a-kind bronze trophy designed by artist Ott Jones , and four days of fishing for two—with food and lodging—at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort . And his flies? Richard’s mandatory pattern was the Hair-Wing Blue Doctor, and his tiebreaker is this completely utilitarian Crayfish. Richard uses the Crayfish to catch trout and smallmouth bass.

Hook: Mustad 79580 size 8
Thread: Danville 6/0 Brown
Antennae and mouth: Moose body hair.
Eyes: Melted monofilament.
Abdomen: Tan chenille and brown Swannundaze
Claws and legs: Male ring-necked pheasant shoulder feathers.
Thorax: Tan chenille.
Back: Moose body hair.





ImageSecond Place
Chuck Goldone, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado will paddle away with a handcrafted canoe built by the Merrimack Canoe Company. His mandatory fly was the Royal Wulff, and he entered this amazing Stonefly Nymph as his tiebreaking pattern.

Stonefly Nymph
Hook: Mustad 79580 size 6.
Thread: Cream 6/0.
Tails: Stripped hackle quills.
Abdomen: Latex strips.
Thorax: Gray ostrich herl.
Wing case: Printed paper coated with Dave’s Flexament.
Legs: Porcupine quills & plastic rod to fit inside, coated with Dave's Flexament.
                                                                                                  Antennae: Horsehair.





ImageThird Place
Mark Defrank's Wiggle Hex placed third in the World Fly-tying Championships. Mark, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, won an Orvis Helios rod and matching large-arbor Battenkill reel. The Wiggle Nymph features prominent monofilament eyes, and soft flowing tails, gills, and legs. The jointed body gives the fly an undulating swimming action that drives trout wild. Mark selected the Royal Wulff as his mandatory pattern.

Mark’s Wiggle Hex
Front hook: Daiichi 1120, size 10.
Rear hook: Daiichi 1260, size 10.
Thread: Brown Uni Thread, size 8/0.
Tail: Tan marabou.
Body: Dirty yellow dubbing with gray ostrich herl for the gills and amber Body Stretch over top secured with small amber Ultra Wire.
Legs: Natural mottled hen back feather.
                                                                                                                     Eyes: Small, black bead chain.





ImageFourth Place
Bass-bug guru Chris Helm, of Toledo, Ohio, won fourth place. He submitted a Royal Wulff as his mandatory fly, and crafted this artful Deer-Hair Mouse as his tiebreaker. This fly features a two-tone body, slender tail, whiskers, beady eyes, and ears. The deer hair is packed so tightly that the body almost feels like cork. Chris received a Renzetti Master Vise for his efforts.

Deer-hair Mouse
Hook: Partridge CS45BN, size 2/0.
Thread: Gudebrod GX2 and black size 6/0.
Tail: Gray Ultra Suede.
Body: Whitetail deer body hair.
Whiskers: Moose body hair.
Eyes: Small black plastic eyes.
Ears: Gray Ultra Suede.





Fifth Place
Five great tiers placed fifth in our contest. Each of them received a package of fly-tying tools and materials supplied by Dr. Slick , Wapsi Fly , Cascade Crest Tools , and Keough Hackle.

ImageDave Bailey, of Hamden, New York, submitted a brace of dry flies. For his mandatory pattern, Dave tied the Royal Wulff. For his tiebreaker entry, Dave dressed this diminutive Pale Morning Dun. The white hen hackle wings and pale blue dun hackle and tail give this fly a fine, delicate quality.

Pale Morning Dun
Hook: Dry fly, size 16.
Thread: Light yellow 8/0.
Tail: Dun hackle fibers.
Body: Dirty yellow dry-fly dubbing.
Wing: White hen hackles.
Hackle: Pale blue dun.





ImageA large number of entrants submitted salmon and steelhead flies to our contest. Gene Maticko, of Fairfax, Virginia, tied the Hair-Wing Blue Doctor as his mandatory pattern, and included this sturdy Silver & Blue as his tiebreaker. The Silver & Blue has all the attributes of a fine modern salmon fly.

Silver & Blue
Hook: Atltantic salmon hook, size 6.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tip: Round silver tinsel.
Tag: Red floss.
Tail: Golden pheasant tippet.
Butt: Black wool.
Body: Flat silver insel.
Rib: Round silver tinsel.
Wing: Black squirrel hair.
Throat: Blue hackle fibers.



ImageChuck Collins, of Pocatello, Idaho, chose to tie two dry flies. Chuck’s mandatory pattern was the Royal Wulff, and his tiebreaker was the Lime Royal Humpy. Chuck’s artful Humpy could serve as a model for anyone interested in tying this fish-catching pattern.

Lime Royal Humpy
Hook: Dry fly, size 8.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Tail: Black moose body or dark elk mane.
Body: Lime floss and light elk hair.
Wing: White calf hair.
Hackle: Medium ginger.





ImageJonny King, of New YorkCity, has been featured in the pages of this magazine before. Jonny has a reputation for tying terrific saltwater flies, and chose the Flashtail Whistler as his mandatory pattern. But Jonny is also an avid trout angler, and tied this March Brown Emerger, as his tiebreaker. This is one of his favorite flies for fishing the Delaware River.

March Brown Emerger
Hook: Tiemco TMC206BL, size 8.
Thread: Rusty dun 8/0.
Tail: Pheasant tail fibers.
Abdomen: Pheasant tail fibers ribbed with copper wire.
Thorax: Yellowish tan Harrop Professional Dubbing
Hackle: Barred ginger wrapped around a hackle-stacker loop.
Wing: Deer hair.




ImageJeff Purdy, a loyal reader from Alpharetta, Georgia, tied his original pattern called Purdy’s Baitfish as his tiebreaker. This pattern is a blend of synthetic and natural materials, and it will do a fine job catching largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as oceangoing striped bass and bluefish. Jeff’s mandatory fly was the Hair-Wing Blue Doctor.

Purdy Baitfish
Hook: Gamakatsu O'Shaugnessy. size 1/0.
Thread: Black 6/0.
Body: Yellow bucktail, white saddle hakle, yellow Pseudo Hair, peacock herl, gold Krystal Flash, and red Indian crow.
Eyes: Silver dome eyes.

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