January 13, 2016 (Manchester, VT)[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he American Museum of Fly Fishing announced changes to their Fit to be Tyed program. The annual favorite will now be hosted over the course of two weekends in February, culminating with a fly tying competition.
On February 13th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. join tiers Brian Price of Vermont Fly Guys, Mike Hulvey of Central Vermont Trout Unlimited, Kelly Bedford, Paul Sinicki, and others as they show you the ways in vise mastery. This event is family friendly and the AMFF staff will also have a craft table set up to teach young children how to make clown flies. These big decorative flies made on coat hanger “hooks” serve as a fun teaching tool. Whether you are a seasoned fly tier or have yet to string together your first Woolly Worm, these classes will benefit all. The generous staff at Green Mountain Troutfitters has donated fly tying materials for the event.
The courses will continue on February 27th from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. with the same instructors returning from the first event. From 6 p.m. until around 8 p.m. the AMFF and Pig Farm Ink will host the Iron Fly and Classic Tie with FREE pizza and a cash bar serving beer provided by Otter Creek Brewing. What is the Iron Fly you may ask? Well, this fly tying sensation that is sweeping the nation follows the format of the Food Channel’s Iron Chef, where participants are given a mystery bag of ingredients to make some insanely creative flies. This is open to experienced tyers and novices alike who want to prove that their vise has the spice. Immediately following the Iron Fly will be our own tournament of sorts, with a historical twist. For the Classic Tie contestants will examine three flies from the AMFF’s collection- Quill Gordon, Adams, and Royal Coachman and try to beat the original without instructions. They will have to tie by what they see in front of them and the contestant’s patterns will be judged by our panel to see who’s comes out the cleanest and closest to the original masterpiece. Winners of the Iron Fly and Historical Tie tournaments will take home plenty of bragging rights and prizes contributed by our friends at The Fly Pack, Mud Dog Flies, Scientific Anglers, and others.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing is the steward of the history, traditions, and practices of the sport of fly-fishing and promotes the conservation of its waters. The Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, studies, and interprets the artifacts, art, and literature of the sport and uses these resources to engage, educate, and benefit all. The Museum fulfills this mission through our public programs (including exhibitions, gallery programs, lectures, special events, and presentations), our publications, and our quarterly journal, The American Fly Fisher.
Peter Nardini | Communications Coordinator | 802-362-3300 ext. 207 |
Becki Trudell | Public Programs Coordinator | 802-362-3300 ext. 208 |