The 2023 Branson Fly Fishing Expo is in the planning stages, and yes, once again we will be holding a fly-tying contest as part of our EXPO festivities. This competition is open to one and all, except for the expo committee and selected judges. To all interested tiers, remember you cannot win unless you enter! There are many incredibly talented tiers out there who often go unnoticed, do not let that be you. Winners from each category will receive a trophy to commemorate the event and have winning fly featured I the “fly plate” to be auctioned on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at the Branson Fly Fishing Expo.!
Rules have been kept to a minimum. The entrant must tie the fly that is submitted for judging. Each entry must include the name, address, phone number and email address; along with two flies for each category entered (they must be the same size, color, etc.). You need to include the recipe for the fly including tying instructions, along with fishing instructions and the category that you wish to have it judged in. There will be nine categories: nymph, dry fly, wet fly, traditional streamer (single hook), articulated streamer, bass bug, salmon/steelhead, salt water and best in show. You may submit as many patterns as you wish. You can win a maximum of three categories. All flies submitted will become the property of the Branson Fly Fishing Expo committee and will not be returned. Any fly that contains real insect parts will be eliminated from the competition. The decision of the judges is final. Committee members and judges are not eligible to participate in the contest.
To enter all you must do is send your flies, recipes and fishing instructions to Matthew Peet, P. O. Box 26, Kissee Mills, MO 65680 All entries must be received by June 1, 2023. Winners will be announced June 1, 2023 MTFA-Springfield.org and www.facebook.com/groups/MTFA.Springfield/events/.