We had an even tougher time judging this year’s contest than we did last year.
The quality and originality of the flies submitted (over 900!) was first-rate and we could have easily have given a dozen first place awards—but somebody has to win. We judged the patterns on originality, and also our predictions on how effective the winners would be under real fishing conditions. “I would fish that in a heartbeat” was the primary consideration, not how beautiful or realistic the pattern was.
And your winners are. . .
Fly by Johnathan Min of Dover, NJ.
Everyone loves a hopper pattern, and we felt this one had a combination of eye appeal, a natural profile in the water, visibility, and floating qualities. Johnathan’s fly will be included in our 2017 line.
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Fly by David Reich of New York, NY
Emerging flies are some of the most difficult flies to imitate, and we feel our winner would be effective for both dragonfly nymphs and emerging caddis pupae. The foam on the upper front of the fly ensures that it will ride properly in the surface film, and the sparse use of CDC should give the fly lifelike movement. David will receive a new Regal Revolution Vise.
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I explore and investigate the wings growing on some emergers, on top of the fly there’s foam to guarantee the correct position and flotation of the fly while on the water. I wanted to use some material really strong that I wasn’t afraid to tie tight for the body, so I found extremely resistant and durable the peccary hair, this also gives great contrast to the flie in browns, whites, tan and black colors, that’s the material used for the body of the fly. The wings are ultra thin vinyl with texture that gives a translucent effect that mixed with the under cdc shows veins and aleatory shadows on the wings, this fly also shows the real growing of the wings on an emerger. Trout approved already. #orvisflytyingcontest
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Fly by Dustin Pack of Plant City, FL
We had a number of very fishy-looking crab and shrimp patterns submitted but this one took third place, because it is small and subtle, made great use of both natural and synthetic materials, and the claws made of Zonker strips should give this fly amazing action just lying on the bottom. Dustin will receive a new Orvis Premium Fly-Tying Kit.
Congratulations again to all of our winners and thanks again for participating.