Fly Tying Skills - Gold Award
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Gold Fly Tying Skills Award

Take Fly Tying to the Gold Level

Participants are required to present three samples of each of seven of the fourteen fly patterns shown below along with three samples each of three tier choice flies.  In the Gold Award Handbook there are no detailed step-by-step instructions or instructional videos.  There are, however, materials lists, proportion description and tying details, and video and written references for participants to refer to if necessary. Participants are encouraged to read and understand all the instructions found in the Gold Award Handbook.  It is required that each tier complete both the Bronze and Silver Award Program before moving on to the Gold Award Program.

 

 Orange Heron Steelhead Fly

No Hackle Dry Fly

Muddler Minnow

General Practitioner Steelhead Fly
   
 
Whitlock Matuka Sculpin Invicta Wet Fly
   
Humpy Dry Fly Prince of Tides Bendback Salt Water Fly
   
Lady Caroline Salmon/Steelhead Fly Trout Fin Wet Fly
   
Rusty Rat Salmon/Steelhead Fly Gray Ghost Streamer
Cockroach Tarpon Fly Royal Wulff Dry Fly
   

How it Works

Simply tie the flies. Follow the tying instructions in the Gold 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 Gold 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 Gold 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 Gold Award have been met, the applicant will be mailed their Gold Pin, Gold 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

Gold Fly Tying Skills Award Handbook
Gold Award Evaluation Fly Transmittal Form
Gold Award Evaluation Scoring & Criteria Form

Gold 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gretchen Beatty
gbeatty2@gmail.com
208-362-2663
or 208-861-0564

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

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

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

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

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