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Welcome to Tie of the Month
The format of the 2021 Tie of the Month competition has changed slightly this year to give a better spread of points and to reflect an amazingly generous prize list. However, despite the prizes this is a very friendly competition that is open to everyone regardless of your ability and a specific newcomer's section and prize is available to reflect that. So please do join in by submitting your flies and engaging in the banter because your tying will improve and so will your general feeling of happiness!
To encourage a bit of exploration and challenge, the tying competition will have a different theme each month. Every day is a School day so try something new or unfamiliar, as well as the things you know you are good at. It is worth noting that often it is not the neatest, most skillful or most complex tying that wins but the fly that the voters feel is most likely to catch a fish or is simply the most inventive or witty (see the winning entry from mc andy in the April 2020 competition ). There is also no pressure to enter every month but do note that points are awarded just for entering each month. Just enjoy the challenge and improvement in skill that will result from producing patterns that you may not otherwise have considered tying!
Please also note that the flies you tie are used as a reference by many people and so your posts are creating a great reference section for everyone. I therefore ask and encourage everyone entering to include a list of the materials used with each photo.
Clearly photography plays a part in this competition and many (possibly most) photo's are taken very successfully using a phone camera. A few tips to help though:
- As much as possible try and take the photo in natural daylight
- On many smart phones tapping the screen to select the point of focus can result in the camera focussing on the vice or another large solid object near the fly. If that happens, try taking the photo at a greater distance from the fly without selecting the point of focus and then crop it (also note rule 7 below)
- Be careful of the background for both clutter and background colour can make it harder to see, or with a good choice, highlight the fly.
This months Theme: I can already hear you groaning!
Well here we go again. Season open, a few fish starting to show up in reports along with some optimism that it could turn out to be a half decent year, but of course we also have covid restrictions in place which in some ways appear to be impacted by fighting within politics rather than by science. That didn't really drive my decision on this months competition though. What gave me the idea, or more accurately who, was one of you lovely people with the suggestion of the fly you would happily use year round. So, as I started you off with the tough one of a snow fly, and then arguably to big a choice with last months, I thought I'd make life easy - sort of. You can again blame one of you for this, the one who said I'd likely end up with a whole bunch of Cascades if I took that suggestion on! Well I'm not taking a chance of that happening because to avoid simply ending up with a load of cascades by accident, I specifically want you to tie a Cascade!
Lets face it; is there a box in the land that doesn't have at least one cascade or a variant!? It has to be as ubiquitous as a Willie Gunn or perhaps, grass. However, this is also a competition about fly tying technique as well as form and design and so I am really looking forward to seeing what you do to create THE most attractive Cascade fly ever. The one that will be first out of the box every time, and that guarantees a selection of sizes being added.
You may now groan loudly
- The tail must contain at least two colours in equal amounts, and some sparkle
- The body must be two colour and split 50/50. Light at the back, dark at the front
- There must be a wing and it must in part contain a significant colour contrast to the other colours used
- As a minimum there must EITHER be a hackle of at least two colours or a throat and overwing. Whichever option is taken the colours must be the same as those used in the tail.
- You can tie it on a hook, tube or Waddington shank.
- The end result must noticeably be a cascade or variant.
1. The main TOTM event
This runs each month from February to November with a different theme being set each month. Voting takes place the following month and is open to all members of the forum. Points will be awarded as noted below. In the case of a tie full points will be awarded to each entrant in that positio. Entries with 0 votes will not be placed:
1st place: 10 points
2nd place: 7 points
3rd place: 5 points
4th place: 3 points
5th place: 2 points
6th place: 1 point
All entries will be awarded 4 points regardless of the number of votes.
Prizes will awarded to the top three places according to the total points gained by each entrant after voting on November's entries has completed.
There is also a lucky draw open to all entrants to win a selection of the flies entered and submitted by entrants (no obligation to do so). Every fly entered will be matched by an entry to the draw and so the more months you enter the better your chance of winning! This will be organised by myself using a random number generator. Depending on the number of donations this could be split into more than one prize.
2. Fly of the Year
Each months winning fly (or flies if the result is drawn) will be entered into this competition with voting taking place in December. The fly with the most votes wins the prize
3. Guest Theme - salmon flies for use in salt/brackish water
This will be set during one of the summer months and a prize has been made available for first place in addition to the usual monthly scores and so get your research going now!
Entry to this section is based on trust and honesty. If you have been tying salmon flies for less than 12 months and have not entered TOTM before (you may have tied trout, pike or bass flies before) then please clearly state 'NEWCOMER' at the top of each months post containing your entry. This will ensure I don't miss it!
TOTM Standard Rules
1. This competition is run for the fun and enjoyment of everyone on the forum in a good natured manner and so please observe the usual forum rules to remain an entrant. My role is simply to facilitate its smooth operation but while in that position, I reserve the right to make the final decision in case of any dispute. To date that has never been needed and long may that continue!
2. You can only enter one photo for each months entry which must have been posted by midnight on the last day of each months competition. Entries with more than one photo will immediately be disqualified unless specifically allowed as part of each months theme.
3. Unless stated otherwise, the photo should contain only one pattern/version of a fly. There can be multiple copies of the pattern chosen, but they must as far as possible be identical in size and form so that it’s clear what is being voted for.
4. Each fly must have been tied for TOTM i.e. it should not have already appeared elsewhere on the forum or other social media. You can tie another version of one you have already posted but please don't just lift the photo from another post to TOTM.
5. You may change your photo and fly as many times as you like up until the deadline but please ensure you delete the previous version to avoid falling foul of rule two.
6. At the end of each month there will be a poll to vote the winner. The poll will be time limited (generally to a full month) and be open to everyone on the forum.
7. As the competition is about the fly I reserve the right to crop photo's to as close to the fly as possible when setting up the poll
8. People accepted as beginners will be entered into the main monthly competition and to the beginners competition.
9. The competition will run each month from February to November.
10. Two polls will be run in December each lasting for approximately two weeks. The first will be for the November entries, and the second for fly of the year.
11. Prizes are not guaranteed. They have been offered out of the generosity of forum members and no one involved in running the competition or that is involved in running or managing the forum accepts any liability should any prize not be forthcoming for any reason