This event brings together some of the best amateur and professional fly tyers in the UK for the first-ever British version of this contest. First run at the International Fly Tackle Dealers convention in the US this competition challenges contestants to create the perfect fly within 15 minutes, but there’s a twist – they are given no prior knowledge of the fly-tying materials they have to use!
Each contestant is given an identical bag of fur, feathers, dubbing, flashy materials and hooks. What and how they tie is up to them, the outcome only limited by their skill, imagination and the ticking down of the clock.
Just to spice up the challenge even more, a mystery material is given to each contestant halfway through the first round, which must be included somewhere in the finished fly!
When time is up luminaries from the fly-tying industry will judge the flies, eliminating nine of the contestants with three going forward to compete in a winner-takes-all tie-off the same evening. The prize for the winner will be a new Orvis Recon fly rod.
Simon Cooper, chairman of the River Test One Fly said: “We are delighted to welcome the Iron Man Challenge as part of the River Test One Fly festival and Fly Fishing Fish Tour.”
The Iron Man Fly Tying Challenge takes place of Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at the Orvis Store, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire S020 6HB.
Contact: Simon Cooper on 01264 781988