Bronze Award
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Bronze Fly Tying Skills Award

How it Works

Simply tie the flies. Follow the tying instructions in the Bronze Award Handbook and Videos. Contact an evaluator to confirm his/her availability to evaluate your flies and get their mailing address. Mail the flies and the completed Bronze Evaluation Fly Transmittal Form to the evaluator. We suggest you mail your flies in a small compartmentalized box that will fit into a 6" x 9" cushioned mailer and mailed First Class Mail. Please write your name on or in the box.

The applicant may pay the $60.00 application fee one of two ways. If you are an FTG member the fee for the Bronze Award is $30.00. There will be an additional fee of $30.00 for returning the flies to an international mailing location. Email a completed Transmittal Form to the FFI office, make a payment using a credit card at the FFI Store, or mail a copy of the completed Transmittal Form along with a check to:

Fly Fishers International
Fly Tying Group Department
1201 US Highway 10 West, Suite E
Livingston, Montana 59047

FFI staff will process receipt of the application fee by date and applicant’s name and upon receipt of the evaluated flies and confirmation that requirements for the Bronze Award have been met, the applicant will be mailed their Bronze Pin, Bronze Certificate, their flies and a copy of the evaluations.

If you have any questions about the Fly Tying Skills Award Program, please feel free to call or email any of the persons listed as Committee Members, Evaluators, or Review Panel Members.

FORMS YOU'LL NEED

Bronze Fly Tying Skills Award Handbook
Bronze Award Evaluation Fly Transmittal Form
Bronze Award Evaluation Criteria & Score Sheet
 

Instructional Videos

These videos, with Buszek Award recipient Al Beatty at the vice, are meant as instructional guides to be used together with the Bronze Award Handbook. These instructional materials will guide tiers through the learning experience of becoming an FFI Bronze Award recipient.

An important thing to remember as you are working your way through this Bronze Award Program is that your goal is to follow the recipe, tie a strong, durable fly and express the proper proportions of the fly and using proper and acceptable materials. Differences arise in fly tying instructions in books, magazines, and videos. For instance, throughout the Handbook and throughout these supportive videos you will see different suggestions regarding where to start the thread on the hook. They are all correct and acceptable – In many instances it is simply a matter of personal choice. These videos are meant to be used as tying guides along with the handbook. The handbook is made up of detailed sections which, together with the videos, will guide you through the Bronze Award process.

Should you have any tying questions that you cannot resolve please feel free to contact any member of the Fly Tying Skills Awards Committee (listed below).

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Bronze Award Panel and Evaluators

For more information regarding the program and/or process feel free to contact any of the following involved individuals: Please note that no mailing addresses are included in these listings for privacy reasons. Please contact these individuals by phone or email for the mailing addresses.

Jerry Coviello
Pennsylvania
jerry_coviello@verizon.net
215-997-6240
or 267-337-0717

Fred DuPre'
Texas
flytyerfred@gmail.com
817-975-4205

Jim Ferguson
Oregon
j.ferguson@comcast.net
503-390-5043

Eunan Hendron
Pennsylvania
eunanhendron@gmail.com
302-763-6586

Jim Hudson
Missouri
operation_man@msn.com
636-262-7366

Michael King
Pennsylvania
mking5hd@gmail.com
717-856-5584

Scott Murdock
Alaska
s.w.murdock@gci.net
907-374-6989

Al Ritt
Colorado
al@alrittflies.com
303-917-1184

Ray Sissell
Louisiana
r.sissell@gmail.com
985-807-2100

Mike Swederska
Missouri
shur-way@sbcglobal.net
573-468-4220

Paul Tidroski
Florida
ptidroski@gmail.com
727-463-3025

Leslie Wrixon
Connecticut
lesliewrixon@ityeflies.com
508-733-8535

Matt Traynor
Arizona
shoe78@aol.com
480-292-3699

Jerry Coviello
jerry_coviello@verizon.net
215-997-6240
or 267-337-0717

Jim Ferguson
j.ferguson@comcast.net
503-390-5043

Al Beatty
albeatty2@gmail.com
208-362-2663
or 208-861-0564

Michael King
mking5hd@gmail.com
717-856-5584

Mike Swederska
shur-way@sbcglobal.net
573-468-4220

Matt Traynor
shoe78@aol.com
480-292-3699