After tough, tough deliberations from the judges the placing for the Feather-Craft Fly Tying Contest are as follows:

GRAND PRIZE Winner: Greg Saunders’ Femme Fatale

2nd Place: Mark Defrank’s Wiggle Damsel

3rd Place: Brian Kozminski’s Hex Emerger

Congratulations guys, we have some solid prizes in store you.

Thanks again to everyone who kept up with the Contest, submitted flies into the contest, and made this contest another great success!



And the winners are……

After another awesome year at the Feather-Craft Fly Tying Contest……we have our winners.  As you all know, there are 3 top places, a grand prize, second place, and third.  These places are still in the judges hands but the top 3 patterns are(in no specific order):

Mark Defrank’s Wiggle Damsel

Brian Kozminski’s Hex Emerger

Greg Saunder’s Femme Fatale

Now the judges will decide which of these flies is the Grand Prize winner….Congratulations to the winners.


Marsh Minnow

Tied and Submitted by: Dirk Burton

Pattern Recipe:
Marsh Minnow
by Dirk Burton

Target Species: Redfish, speckled trout, or bass

Material List:
Gamakatsu SP11-3L3H hook
Two contrasting colors of bucktail
Crystal Flash
Peacock herl
Craft foam
Waterproof craft markers
3D prismatic eyes
Zap a Gap
Loon Hard Head or epoxy
Tying Instructions:
Make a bend in the hook 3/8 inch back from the eye to form a “bendback”.
Tie in a clump of the lighter colored bucktail just in front of the new bend. Tie in 12 to 15 strands of crystal flash. Tie in a clump of darker bucktail. Tie in about 10 to 15 pieces of peacock herl. Cut foam triangle with curved scissors. Fold in half and trim to shape. Tie in just behind hook eye. Invert hook and apply a few drops of Zap a Gap on inside of foam. Squeeze two sides of foam together to form head. Use craft pens for decoration. Apply eyes with one drop of Zap a Gap. Coat with Hard Head or epoxy and turn until dry.

Presentation Tips: Cast around brush, grass, or oyster beds and let sit for a few seconds. Adjust your retrieve from slow to fast until you find what is working.

Pattern History:
I needed a new pattern for a tying demo I was doing. We fish for redfish over oyster beds frequently and have some success with bendbacks. I wanted to create one that would float/suspend over the numerous oyster shells in our area. I found that it works equally well over thick grass beds for bass.

Comments / Special Instructions:
Work slowly over shells or grass. This fly pushes a fair amount of water, and you can speed up the retrieve sometimes to generate reaction strikes.

SRS-Purple Rain

Tied and Submitted by:  Marc Procopio

Pattern Recipe:
Hook-TMC 9395 #6-10
Thread-Black 6/0
Feelers & Tail-Black rubber Hackle
Legs- Black Rubber Hackle
underbody-nymph Form or Lead
Abdomen-Purple Uni Strech
Abdominal Dorsal cover-Mottled thin skin covered with Clear Med. D-Rib
Wing Case- Mottled thin Skin
Thorax-Black Estaz or UV lights

Pattern History:
My go to stonefly on rainy dark bad weather days for Great Lakes Steelhead.

Comments / Special Instructions:
The abdominl cover is tied in at the junction of the abdomen & Thorax.
Pull the thin skin over the abdomen and to the rear, start wraping the D-Rib to secure.
This is the best way to give the fly the right seperation between dorsal & ventral parts. Markers just dont hold their color.

Matt’s Yeti

Tied and Submitted by: Matt Meahan

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Cheap streamer hook and cut.
Thread: black or white 6/0
Connection: 20 pound spyder wire
Stinger Hook: Gamakatzu SL45 size 5 (you could also use a Gamakatzu B10)
Tail: White zonker tied in tail end of the stinger hook then at the eye of the stinger.
Body: Whit palmored rabbit
Collar: Red zonker tied in dubbing loop
Head: White rabbit in dubbing loop
Flash: Pearl flashabou
Eyes: Lead Eyes size 1/30

Pattern History:
In Alaska the bandit leech works great for trout all over the state, but I have found a few downfalls. You get to many short strikes and the action is not that good. By incorporating a stinger hook not only do you get more hook ups but the fish tend to throw the hook less. By adding dumbbell eyes you get a diving motion in the water that gets the fly deeper and makes it look like its dying. With the rabbit head spun into a dubbing loop you get a buggier look and it holds less water witch makes easier casting.

Comments / Special Instructions:
This is a great streamer give it a try

Pysco Sculpin

Tied and Submitted by: Marc Procopio

Pattern Recipe:
40/40 Pro Tube with Pro Flexi weight
Thread-Black 6/0
Tail-Pink/black tiger barred rabbit with Pink K-flash
Body-Black Flat Braid
Collar-Three turns Black marabou with four cialis online cheap strands of black ostrich on each side.
Two tone Rabbit in dubbing loop.
Pro sonic disk for head.

Pattern History:
As swinging flies becomes more popular on the Great Lakes, I wanted the East cost guys to have something they could call their own!

Comments / Special Instructions:
Tie in tail at junction after slidding on flexi weight.
Wind Black flat braid up body leaving enough room for collar and head componets

March Brown Emerger

Tied and Submitted by: Mike Brinkac

Pattern Recipe:
1. Hook:  Lightning Strike, NW3, #16.
2. Thread:  Brown, 8/0.
3. Tail:  Pearl Flash.
4. Biot:  Goose Biot, brown.
5. Dubbing:  Waspi, chocolate.
6. Hackle:  Partridge, Natural.
7. Eye:  Hareline, Stretch Tubing, Green.


1. Wrap hook with thread.
2. Tie-in flash.
3. Tie-in eye.
4. Tie-in wing.
5. Tie-in biot.
6. Wrap biot and tie-off.
7. Wrap wing and tie-off.
8. Whip finish.

Pattern History:
A conspicuous feature of the March Brown is the large eye.  This is the same for all Mayflies.  “MJ’s March Brown Emerger” captures this unique feature by using a piece of stretch tubing.  Also, the fly uses Goose Biots for the body which provides a natural segmented appearance.

Jae's Oso Critter

Tied and Submitted by: Jason Estrella

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Mustad 34007 Sz. 2-8
Thread:  Uni 8/0
Tail: Marabou
Body: Ice Dubbing
Wing: Arctic Fox
Hackle: Saddle Hackle
Eyes: Dumbbell lead eyes or bead chain

Pattern History:
Anyone who fishes along the Texas coast knows about the various colors soft plastic lures come in.  I wanted a fly that utilizes some of those popular color combinations like red/white, pumpkinseed/chartreuse, watermelon, etc.  Plus it is shrimp like in design.

Comments / Special Instructions:
To obtain the color pumpkinseed, I use peacock ice dubbing.  Very close in click here color.

The Shrimp Aquatic

Tied and Submitted by: Joe Cruz

Pattern Recipe:
Hook: Tmc #4 811s
Thread 6/0 Tan
Body: Pink Vinyl Rib over Tan thread
Collar: Pink Polar Chenille
Wing: Just a touch of Angel Hair.
Eyes: 25lb mono, Epoxy, Acrylic, Polyurethane.


Pattern History:
Inspired by the “Crazy Charlie”. Works great in murky conditions found in rivers, tropical flats during a storm, and casts well.
The projected homemade eyes keep this little guy weedless while the body material does the rest.

MJ's Salmonfly

Tied and Submitted by Mike Brinkac

Pattern Recipe:
1. Hook:  Umpqua, TMC 9395, #4.
2. Glass Bead: Cousin Corp. of America,
Perles de Verre, brown.
3. Thread: Brown, 6/0.
4. Body: Waspi, Chenille, medium, brown.
5. Legs: Crazy Legs (X6).
6. Wing: Natural Grey Mallard Flanks.
7. Wing Casing: Turkey Tail.

1. Cut and prep Mallard Flanks buy viagra online with Flex-Seal.
2. Insert bead on hook.
3. Wrap hook with thread.
4. Tie-in chenille.
5. Furl tail and secure.
6. Tie in legs.
7. Wrap chenille and secure.
8. Tie-in wings.
9. Tie-in wing casing.
10.Whip finish.
Pattern History:
MJ’s Salmonfly is an imitation of the Western Salmonfly, a prime aquatic insect of the generic viagra cheap Cutthroat Trout.  It is also an excellent imitation of the Giant Stonefly that can be found on many Eastern Rivers & Streams.