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Susan Parson Fly Tying Contest


If you are interested in competing in the contest, it is very easy. Rules have been kept to a minimum. The entrant must tie the fly submitted for judging. Each entry must include the name, address, phone number and email address along with one fly for each pattern submitted (this is a change from previous contests). You need to include the recipe for the fly, instructions on how to fish it and the category you wish to have it judged in.

There are eleven categories that will be judged:

Nymph, Dry Fly, Soft Hackle, Classic Wet Fly, Smallmouth Bass, Bass, Warm Water, Salmon/Steelhead, Salt Water, Streamer and Tenkara.

In addition, there is a best in show award, which has been renamed the Tom Schmucker Award in his honor. Tom is the founder of the renowned local business, Wapsi, the largest purveyor of fly tying materials in the world and a long time supporter of the Sowbug Roundup.


You may submit as many patterns for as many categories as you want. You can win a maximum of three categories (best in show is considered a category). All flies submitted will become the property of the contest and will not be returned. Any fly that contains insect parts (legs wings, etc.) will be eliminated from competition. Commercially tied patterns will not be accepted. The decision of the judges is final. Fly tying contest committee members and judges are not eligible to participate in the contest.

To participate, all you have to do is send your flies, recipes and fishing instructions by February 7th, 2025 to:

John Berry
408 Combs Ave.
Cotter, Arkansas 72626

The winners will be announced on Friday March 28th, 2025 at the Sowbug Roundup Shindig which will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.