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Welcome to Tie of the Month
January 2023

Introduction
The format and rules applied for the 2023 Tie of the Month competition will remain the same as in 2022. As ever prizes are not guaranteed but with or without them this is a very friendly competition that is open to everyone regardless of your ability and if appropriate (based on numbers), there will be a specific section for newcomer's. 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! There is also no obligation to enter every month but do note that four points are awarded for every entry each month and so the there is a benefit to doing so.

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 skilful 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 :ROFLMAO:). You can therefore simply 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. We 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.
Finally this competition is not owned by SFF or anyone specific and myself and SnapT14 are not forum administrators. TOTM is 'owned' by everyone who engages with entries or just by voting. We therefore welcome any suggestions for themes or even a complete right up on a theme that we can virtually copy and paste and so don't hold back on any idea's. If you have an idea, please simply send a private message to myself and SnapT14 and one of will respond.

This months theme: 'Gold'
When it comes to setting the first theme of the year it is always tempting to simply set the theme of a 'black and yellow' given the range of options and popularity of those colours for high and cold rivers. However, I am still finishing off the odd bottle of port and other items and so I haven't overly taxed my brain by straying to far away from that, which shouldn't overly tax yours either. See I'm being nice for once to ease you back into tying!

This years first theme came to me as a possible entry for December as I was thinking about the films that might be trawled out yet again. 'Gold Finger' or some other Bond film (my mum's preference) and 'The Wizard of Oz' with its yellow brick road always featured in our family watching. Then married to that idea were the gifts presented by the three kings: gold, frankincense and myrhh. The last two of those would be a somewhat difficult addition to a dressing but gold, gold is definitely possible. Having chatted through idea's with Nathan we agreed that the challenge this month would be to gift the forum with a set of flies that either features the colour gold in a significant way and/or that has Gold as part of its name. See, as nice and simple as you choose to make it :)

SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
  • Format: any you choose
  • Dressing. Any pattern or style you like that has a significant amount of gold colour in the dressing and/or that is a known pattern that has the word Gold in its name.

GENERAL RULES
  1. The first rule of TOTM is that everyone is welcome to enter as many or as few months as they choose.
  2. The competition will run from January until November.
  3. 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.
  4. At the end of each month there will be a poll to vote the winner. The poll will run the entirety of the following month, will be open to everyone on the forum, and voters names will be visible.
  5. Flies
    • Each fly must have been tied for TOTM i.e. it should not have already appeared elsewhere on any forum (including this one), social media or other software . You can however tie another version of one you have posted elsewhere.
    • Once a fly has been entered it cannot be changed for another fly even if it is dressed as an identical pattern.
  6. Photographs
    • Each fly is judged on the photo posted. Once a fly has been entered, you may change the photo but must adhere to rule 5.
    • Only enter one photo. Entries with more than one photo will be disqualified.
    • Unless a requirement of the specific months theme, the photo should contain only one fly.
  7. Points
    • will be awarded each month as follows. In the event of a tie, all tied participants will get the full points available for the placing.
      • 1st place: 10 points + 4 points for entry
      • 2nd place: 7 points + 4 points for entry
      • 3rd place: 5 points + 4 points for entry
      • 4th place: 3 points + 4 points for entry
      • 5th place: 2 points + 4 points for entry
      • 6th place: 1 point + 4 points for entry
      • 7th place and lower. 4 points for entry
    • In December, the winning flies from each month will be entered into a poll for Fly of the Year. No additional points are awarded for this poll
    • At the end of the year, points awarded will be totalled for that years final placings
  8. Prizes
    • These are donated voluntarily and are not gauranteed.
    • They may be donated, amended or withdrawn at any time on the instruction of the person making the donation without explanation or prior warning
    • Cash prizes will not be accepted
    • No one associated with this forum or the administration of TOTM accepts any responsibility for the nature, value or delivery of any prizes that are offered other than to indicate their availability.
  9. The administrators of TOTM reserve the right to make judgement on the acceptability of any entry or breach of the general rules. However, they have no general administration rights in relation to the forum.
 

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Welcome to Tie of the Month
January 2023

Introduction
The format and rules applied for the 2023 Tie of the Month competition will remain the same as in 2022. As ever prizes are not guaranteed but with or without them this is a very friendly competition that is open to everyone regardless of your ability and if appropriate (based on numbers), there will be a specific section for newcomer's. 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! There is also no obligation to enter every month but do note that four points are awarded for every entry each month and so the there is a benefit to doing so.

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 skilful 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 :ROFLMAO:). You can therefore simply 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. We 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.
Finally this competition is not owned by SFF or anyone specific and myself and SnapT14 are not forum administrators. TOTM is 'owned' by everyone who engages with entries or just by voting. We therefore welcome any suggestions for themes or even a complete right up on a theme that we can virtually copy and paste and so don't hold back on any idea's. If you have an idea, please simply send a private message to myself and SnapT14 and one of will respond.

This months theme: 'Gold'
When it comes to setting the first theme of the year it is always tempting to simply set the theme of a 'black and yellow' given the range of options and popularity of those colours for high and cold rivers. However, I am still finishing off the odd bottle of port and other items and so I haven't overly taxed my brain by straying to far away from that, which shouldn't overly tax yours either. See I'm being nice for once to ease you back into tying!

This years first theme came to me as a possible entry for December as I was thinking about the films that might be trawled out yet again. 'Gold Finger' or some other Bond film (my mum's preference) and 'The Wizard of Oz' with its yellow brick road always featured in our family watching. Then married to that idea were the gifts presented by the three kings: gold, frankincense and myrhh. The last two of those would be a somewhat difficult addition to a dressing but gold, gold is definitely possible. Having chatted through idea's with Nathan we agreed that the challenge this month would be to gift the forum with a set of flies that either features the colour gold in a significant way and/or that has Gold as part of its name. See, as nice and simple as you choose to make it :)

SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
  • Format: any you choose
  • Dressing. Any pattern or style you like that has a significant amount of gold colour in the dressing and/or that is a known pattern that has the word Gold in its name.
Great theme Iain......

Now taking bets as to how many GBWGs we will end up with in January 😍
 

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I'll kick of the competition this month with my fly,
"The Golden Banana". Looking past the fact that the name sounds like an award a male porn star may win for an outstanding contribution to his field 🤣

I've used some golden yellow flurobrite in the tail, gold tinsel body with some semperfi peridgon body used as a Rib to break up the brightness of the gold.

Some golden yellow fox with black fox over, and some pearl mylar to give the head a little sparkle.

I've a trip planned for the 10th and this will be the first fly I cast 🤞🤞🤞

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This sounds like alot of fun!

Is there any place I can read the rules? Ive tried looking but didnt find anything that I am sure is up to date?
Do you enter with one fly each month or is it one fly with the same theme each week of the month etc?
 

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Welcome to Tie of the Month
January 2023

Introduction
The format and rules applied for the 2023 Tie of the Month competition will remain the same as in 2022. As ever prizes are not guaranteed but with or without them this is a very friendly competition that is open to everyone regardless of your ability and if appropriate (based on numbers), there will be a specific section for newcomer's. 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! There is also no obligation to enter every month but do note that four points are awarded for every entry each month and so the there is a benefit to doing so.

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 skilful 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 :ROFLMAO:). You can therefore simply 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. We 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.
Finally this competition is not owned by SFF or anyone specific and myself and SnapT14 are not forum administrators. TOTM is 'owned' by everyone who engages with entries or just by voting. We therefore welcome any suggestions for themes or even a complete right up on a theme that we can virtually copy and paste and so don't hold back on any idea's. If you have an idea, please simply send a private message to myself and SnapT14 and one of will respond.

This months theme: 'Gold'
When it comes to setting the first theme of the year it is always tempting to simply set the theme of a 'black and yellow' given the range of options and popularity of those colours for high and cold rivers. However, I am still finishing off the odd bottle of port and other items and so I haven't overly taxed my brain by straying to far away from that, which shouldn't overly tax yours either. See I'm being nice for once to ease you back into tying!

This years first theme came to me as a possible entry for December as I was thinking about the films that might be trawled out yet again. 'Gold Finger' or some other Bond film (my mum's preference) and 'The Wizard of Oz' with its yellow brick road always featured in our family watching. Then married to that idea were the gifts presented by the three kings: gold, frankincense and myrhh. The last two of those would be a somewhat difficult addition to a dressing but gold, gold is definitely possible. Having chatted through idea's with Nathan we agreed that the challenge this month would be to gift the forum with a set of flies that either features the colour gold in a significant way and/or that has Gold as part of its name. See, as nice and simple as you choose to make it :)

SPECIFIC GUIDANCE
  • Format: any you choose
  • Dressing. Any pattern or style you like that has a significant amount of gold colour in the dressing and/or that is a known pattern that has the word Gold in its name.
Happy new year everyone.
This is my contribution this month, not very original at all, but definitely gold, and a good fishing fly.
Gold willie gunn flamethrower.
Rear end is 14 oval gold.
Body is holo gold ribbed gold wire.
First wing willie gunn bucktail mix with 2 strands gold krystal flash and 2 strands opal mirage over.
First hackle yellow hen.
Short over wing black fox body, with the same shiny over as first wing.
Front hackle hot orange badger saddle.
Jc cheeks
Head opal mirage and multiple coats clear varnish.
Gold size 11 salar double.
Cheers
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This sounds like alot of fun!

Is there any place I can read the rules? Ive tried looking but didnt find anything that I am sure is up to date?
Do you enter with one fly each month or is it one fly with the same theme each week of the month etc?
It would be great to have you as part of the competition and the lack of rules is my fault! I thought I had copied them in but obviously not. I will do so now and if you look below the theme in post#1 you will find them all there.

To answer your immediate question though; you enter one fly per month that meets the rules set for the theme. Once entered you cannot change the fly but can update the photo of the fly. At the start of each month a new theme is posted and off you go again and you can get 4 points each month just for posting an entry.

I loon forward to seeing your flies,
Iain
 

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Happy new year everyone.
This is my contribution this month, not very original at all, but definitely gold, and a good fishing fly.
Gold willie gunn flamethrower.
Rear end is 14 oval gold.
Body is holo gold ribbed gold wire.
First wing willie gunn bucktail mix with 2 strands gold krystal flash and 2 strands opal mirage over.
First hackle yellow hen.
Short over wing black fox body, with the same shiny over as first wing.
Front hackle hot orange badger saddle.
Jc cheeks
Head opal mirage and multiple coats clear varnish.
Gold size 11 salar double.
Cheers
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A very good fishing fly indeed. Beauty Idbflytie 👌
 
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It would be great to have you as part of the competition and the lack of rules is my fault! I thought I had copied them in but obviously not. I will do so now and if you look below the theme in post#1 you will find them all there.

To answer your immediate question though; you enter one fly per month that meets the rules set for the theme. Once entered you cannot change the fly but can update the photo of the fly. At the start of each month a new theme is posted and off you go again and you can get 4 points each month just for posting an entry.

I loon forward to seeing your flies,
Iain
Alright thanks alot, will read the rules now before I post my fly 😊
 

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Happy new year everyone.
This is my contribution this month, not very original at all, but definitely gold, and a good fishing fly.
Gold willie gunn flamethrower.
Rear end is 14 oval gold.
Body is holo gold ribbed gold wire.
First wing willie gunn bucktail mix with 2 strands gold krystal flash and 2 strands opal mirage over.
First hackle yellow hen.
Short over wing black fox body, with the same shiny over as first wing.
Front hackle hot orange badger saddle.
Jc cheeks
Head opal mirage and multiple coats clear varnish.
Gold size 11 salar double.
Cheers
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That is a beauty!!
 

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Alright here is my fly for this month, since I only fish with tube flies in different sizes my contributions will probably only be tube flies aswell 😅

Body consists of yellow and black tubing
brass us tube as weight
dark gold body braid and bright gold dubbing

Wings: are yellow polar bear, yellow fox and finished with dark yellow temple dog and 3 strains of peacock herl.

Also got a little gold flash strains in the wing

Hackles: are bright yellow cock feather and in front of it yellow/chartreuse american hen hackle

Head is a 6 mm ufo disc in bright gold

Looking forward to se all beautiful flies here 🎣

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Alright here is my fly for this month, since I only fish with tube flies in different sizes my contributions will probably only be tube flies aswell 😅

Body consists of yellow and black tubing
brass us tube as weight
dark gold body braid and bright gold dubbing

Wings: are yellow polar bear, yellow fox and finished with dark yellow temple dog and 3 strains of peacock herl.

Also got a little gold flash strains in the wing

Hackles: are bright yellow cock feather and in front of it yellow/chartreuse american hen hackle

Head is a 6 mm ufo disc in bright gold

Looking forward to se all beautiful flies here 🎣

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That's a great first ever entry. Good luck for the year (y) (...and the rules have now been added)
 

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I'll throw this thing in for my first entry this year.

I was going to tie something based on the GBWG but decided just to go sort of freestyle and throw as many golden coloured materials as I could at a gold hook! 😊

This was the result...

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Tied as follows:

Tail: Ringneck pheasant dyed dirty banana (Thanks Grassy_Knollington 👍), with two strands of gold krystal flash.
Rear Body: Medium oval gold tinsel
Mid hackle: Irish Golden Olive hen
Front body: Medium oval gold tinsel
Wing and beard: brown fox dyed yellow with four strands of gold flash over the wing
Eyes: Jungle cock
Front hackle: Dull yellow badger
Head: Black

A possible Irish Shrimp for spring perhaps? 🤔

Looking forward to seeing all the other entries. Good luck everyone! 👍
 

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I'll throw this thing in for my first entry this year.

I was going to tie something based on the GBWG but decided just to go sort of freestyle and throw as many golden coloured materials as I could at a gold hook! 😊

This was the result...

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Tied as follows:

Tail: Ringneck pheasant dyed dirty banana (Thanks Grassy_Knollington 👍), with two strands of gold krystal flash.
Rear Body: Medium oval gold tinsel
Mid hackle: Irish Golden Olive hen
Front body: Medium oval gold tinsel
Wing and beard: brown fox dyed yellow with four strands of gold flash over the wing
Eyes: Jungle cock
Front hackle: Dull yellow badger
Head: Black

A possible Irish Shrimp for spring perhaps? 🤔

Looking forward to seeing all the other entries. Good luck everyone! 👍
I’m about to take a similar approach. Hopefully it’ll turn out half as good as that for a decent effort!
 

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Happy New Year all,

Fantastic entries already!

I've gone for a Del Boy Bling Scandi Fly, which I've had to codge to make it look gold!

3mm gold glitter tube with a gold small inner tube
Gold flash for the tail
The body is Alta Gold dubbing with an old gold braid rib
Sunburst soft hackle
Wing 1 sunburst fox
Wing 2 yellow fox
A few strands of Copper Angel hair
Wing 3 sunburst fox
Jungle Cock
Brown soft hackle
Gold disc cone






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Happy New Year all,

Fantastic entries already!

I've gone for a Del Boy Bling Scandi Fly, which I've had to codge to make it look gold!

3mm gold glitter tube with a gold small inner tube
Gold flash for the tail
The body is Alta Gold dubbing with an old gold braid rib
Sunburst soft hackle
Wing 1 sunburst fox
Wing 2 yellow fox
A few strands of Copper Angel hair
Wing 3 sunburst fox
Jungle Cock
Brown soft hackle
Gold disc cone






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Well there’s certainly no argument about that hitting the theme! 🤔. There’s definitely a hint of gold in there 😁
 

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I based this fly on the Gold Digger Spey but with a few tweaks.

Hook: Ken Sawada Spey
Tag: globrite 4 and globrite 12
Rear 2/3rd Body: holo gold flat tinsel ribbed with fine gold wire
Front 1/3 Body: gold spectra blend, palmered black Asian heron
Hackle 1: yellow golden pheasant rump
Hackle 2: yellow badger hen
Hackle 3: french partridge dyed golden olive

Natural material Terrestrial plant Wind Feather Tail
 

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My entry this month is the Easky Gold Irish shrimp pattern with a bit of added bling to suit this month’s theme.

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Tag - Gold wire
Tail - GP breast feather with 4 strands of micro gold tinsel
Rear body - flat gold braid with gold wire rib
Rear hackle - orange badger
Front body - flat gold braid with gold wire r
Front hackle - red badger
 

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My entry this month is the Easky Gold Irish shrimp pattern with a bit of added bling to suit this month’s theme.

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Tag - Gold wire
Tail - GP breast feather with 4 strands of micro gold tinsel
Rear body - flat gold braid with gold wire rib
Rear hackle - orange badger
Front body - flat gold braid with gold wire r
Front hackle - red badger
ill find it hard to pass that one by for my vote
 
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