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12-11-2006, 01:34 PM
Thought this would interest many on this board.
Pink Fly Contest
The North Country Angler is holding the first ever ‘Pink Fly Contest”. The contest is being held to raise funds for Casting For Recovery. Casting for Recovery is an national non-profit organization devoted to supporting brest cancer survivors through fly fishing. The winning entry will be presented a Temple Fork Outfitters Casting for Recovery fly rod. The rod is an 81/2 ft. 5 weight 4 pc with special cosmetics. The rod bank is TFO’s popular Pro Series rod in an attractive maroon finish. The inscription is in pink with the brest cancer pink ribbon. TFO contributes $25 to Casting for Recovery each time a CFR rod is sold through an authorized dealer. This is a sweet rod and would make a fine addition to your rod collection. If you are a guy and a little up tight about fishing a pink rod you could always give it to your significant other. What a great way to introduce your wife, girlfriend or daughter to fly fishing.
1. The fly must feature the color pink.
2. A $5 entry fee is charged for each entry. There is no limit to how many flies entered per contestant. All proceeds will be donated to Casting for Recovery.
3. Flies may be of any type, trout, saltwater, bass or what ever. Pink must be the featured color.
4. Entries must be received at the North Country Angler no later than February 23ed.
5. All entries will be displayed at the Trout Unlimited show in Pelham.
6. All tiers are eligible regardless of age or ability
7. Those wishing to have their flies returned must enclose postage and return address.
8. Decision of the judges is final.
Flies may be mailed or dropped off at the North Country Angler in North Conway.
North Country Angler
P.O. Box 1901
North Conway, NH 03860
12-11-2006, 03:11 PM
I'm in. I get to work on it tonight. I'm thinking a classic atlantic salmon fly with some cool pink wings and body.
12-11-2006, 04:02 PM
I have just the fly...
Also, I will be sending a sweet package to Casting for Recovery in the next few weeks. I am just finishing a 25 fly swap for Chili Peppers. We have all tied 3 extra sets which will be sent to CFR.
A very nice cause....
12-11-2006, 11:21 PM
I'm in. Great cause, and a thank you to fessie for making us aware of this. I know plenty of you can tie up an almost water worthy mixture of materials, so why not whip one up for this?
12-18-2006, 07:53 PM
Fessie - two questions.
1) To whom do you make your $5 enrty fee check payable to :?:
2) What becomes of the flies if you do not ask for them back :?:
12-19-2006, 05:58 AM
Both good questions. I'll attempt to get you an answer.
12-19-2006, 09:52 AM
Thanks for your interest in the Pink Fly Contest. We have had quite a few inquiries; so it looks like we are off to a good start.
To answer your questions: first make your checks out to Casting for Recovery and second all of the flies not picked up after the contest will be sent to Casting for Recovery.
And by the way you can make a donation of flies any time to CFR. Their web site is www.castingforrecovery.org
Janet and I are looking forward to see what you guys will come up with for flies.
You might also like to know that Tall Timber Lodge is hoisting a retreat this summer.
12-27-2006, 12:55 PM
Got our first entry in the mail today
Thanks Harry it is a great looking fly. The really great thing about this entry is besides the $5 entry fee an extra $25 was included as a donation to CFR. What a super great thing to do.
Fessie got the contest posted over on the Fly Fishing in Maine board. Maybe we can get a little rivalry going between us and the group.
Thanks again Harry.
I posted the topic on my site as well and it looks like there is some interest from a gentleman in Colorado. I will post the info of how to make out the check and what happens to the flies after the contest.
12-28-2006, 10:28 AM
Thanks Lee, Hope we can generate a lot of interest in this.
12-28-2006, 12:37 PM
Very glad to help. It is a good cause. My wife lost her mother to breast cancer and I have a cousin who is a survivor. I hope you get tons of entries - great idea to get the guys from Maine involved too.
01-02-2007, 05:24 PM
Just got in some wild slat water flies this morning. A very nice squid and some great bone fish flies.
Keep it up. Still lots of time left to get those entries in.
01-15-2007, 11:29 AM
Had a bunch of new flys come in this weekend. We have one entry from VA. Some of the new enteries have come from a couple of kids. These guys are pretty good tiers. Lets keep em coming!
01-25-2007, 09:12 AM
Just a quick up date. We have 21 entries to date and we have raised just over $100 for CFR.
While at the Marlboro show last Sat. I was able to secure a second prize. TFO has a new PINK reel to go with their rod. Jake Jakespeare, the sales rep for TFO, donated one to the cause.
Thanks Jake and thanks to all who have entered so far.
A couple of entries of note: one from Rick Estes and another from Tom Jutras of Mountain Road Fly Shop. Rick sent in a beautiful streamer with the name Auntie Em. The fly was named for a special aunt who died from cancer. Tom’s fly is a salmon fly that has some great color, mostly pink, of course.
Janet has set up a big board in front of the shop with all the flies on display stop by and take a look.
Lots of time left to get your fly in.
01-28-2007, 08:45 AM
I just read this thread this morning. Count me in.
I just went to the vise for my first attempt ... and I managed to pull one of the pretty pink wings of my favorite dry pattern. Damn Damn Damn. :wink:
I've still got a bit over three weeks to go.
01-29-2007, 07:41 PM
Thought you might like to see a sampling of the entries so far:
Green Eyed Lady
Konan Salmon Fly
M. B. Smelt
01-29-2007, 09:28 PM
So, I visited the castingforrecovery.org web page, as a direct result of this thread.
I saw this ...
Many thanks to the numerous groups and individuals who have responded to our appeal and have donated flies for our program! We have had a tremendous response from individuals and clubs around the country.
We are using the flies that have been donated not only for fishing at the retreats, but we have also received special collections of flies which have been utilized for fundraising and several groups and individuals have donated a box of flies for each participant at a particular retreat.
If you are interested in contributing flies to CFR, see the list below.
For fishing –
* Bead-head Nymphs (sizes 10, 12)
* Attractor Dry Flies (sizes 8-12)
* Terrestrials (sizes 10, 12)
* Wooly Buggers (lightly weighted, sizes 6, 8 )
* Parachute Adams (sizes 10,12)
For fundraising – Special Flies or Collections (by exceptional tiers)
For participants – Put together a box of flies for each participant, each with an assortment of 6-12 flies. There are 14 participants at each retreat.
For prize drawings at the retreats – put together a box of flies for one lucky participant.
I think this may be a good reason to spend some time in front of a tieing bench.
01-31-2007, 03:37 PM
I submitted my "Grandma D", named after my Grandma Dahlstrom. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1974 and passes away on Easter Sunday of 1984 due to the disease.
The Grandma D
I also subimtted a fun fly called the Holo Pink Flash.
I think this is a great contest and a worthy cause!
02-03-2007, 05:52 PM
I did my today...a pink clouser and will get it in the mail on Monday. CFR is a great organization. Last year they sent more women on retreats then ever before but still had to turn away 500 women. This event is an easy way for us to help out.
02-15-2007, 03:34 PM
Only 7 days left to get your PINK FLY entry in!
We got three more flies in this morning. Proof that that great minds think alike; two of them were Clouser’s. Of course each tier had a different take on the fly and aside from the fact that they were the basic Clouser pattern they were entirely different.
I have been told that pink is a great color in Boston Harbor.
I will try to get some more pictures up soon. Needless to say we will post pictures of the winners.
Hope to see a lot of you at the Fly Fish New Hampshire Show in Pelham March 3 and 4. Please stop by and say hello.
02-16-2007, 06:37 AM
I sent my two out yesterday, Pink Ghost and the P-Town Shrimp. No winners but a fun project.
I use White/Pink Mega Mushy's in the Harbor all the time; they look better in the water then on land though. Tried to make a Pink crab but it did not work out.
Did Not Make The Cut
My Also Ran Entries, The pink ghost is pretty nice though
I tie flies to catch fish and not for show. This contest made me realize how hard it can be to get everything perfect. But I knew that from attending UFT's meetings. Guys actually count the wraps of wire on Brassies!
Fun can’t wait till Next Year!
02-26-2007, 10:49 AM
The deadline for the Pink Fly contest has come and gone as of last Friday.
I am overwhelmed by the response that we had to this little contest. When we started I thought that we would be lucky if we got a couple dozen entries; as of Sat. morning we had fifty. More importantly we have raised over $600 for Casting for Recovery.
First I want to thank everyone who took the time to send in a fly. We had flies that came from as far a way as VA and CO and we have flies from every New England state. Which prompts me to thank the moderators of Fly Fishing in NH, Fly Fishing in Maine and Lee’s fishing site for posting this event. Jim Norton did a nice piece on the contest in his Trout Unlimited column in the Union Leader.
I want to especially thank Dave Williams of Reading, MA who when he told his co-workers about the contest they donated 300 dollars to Casting for Recovery. Dave also submitted 4 super flies.
Another big thanks goes out to Tom Jutras of Mountain Road Fly Shop and the great guys at W. S. Hunter’s Fly Shop in Concord who took the time to enter flies in the contest.
Thanks to John Droesher of Auburn, NH who drove all the way to North Conway Friday to be sure his flies were entered on time.
It may sound a little sappy, but this as been a very rewarding experience for Janet and I. Just about every single fly that was entered came with a story. Several flies were named for special ladies who had succumbed to cancer. Others were dedicated to moms, sweethearts and sisters who are survivors.
All of the flies will be on display in Pelham at the fly fishing show. Please stop by and say hello.
And one more time thanks for sending in your flies.
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