IFFF Fly Tying Group Fly Tying Skills Awards Program
Why an IFFF Fly Tying Skills Award Program?
The IFFF Fly Tying Group exists to promote and encourage the art of fly tying. We take “promoting” to have a two-fold meaning: inspiring more people to take an interest in our craft and helping them to become more knowledgeable and accomplished tiers. The Fly Tying Group is dedicated to the preservation, enhancement and support of the art of fly tying.
For individuals to improve as tiers, they need to be able to measure their progress. The IFFF Fly Tying Skills Awards Program provides IFFF members with the opportunity to develop or reinforce their fly tying skills and test their progress against a consistent, standard at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
The goal of the Awards Program is to encourage IFFF members to develop and improve their fly tying skills at their own pace through a structured learning plan with progressive goals. The Program is meant to be informative, enjoyable and encourage camaraderie and co-operation amongst those taking part. In addition, it can also assist Clubs and instructors in the planning and delivering of fly tying courses.
Participation is entirely voluntary. No IFFF member or Club is under any obligation to take part.
How It Works:
Simply tie the Flies. Follow the tying instructions in the Bronze Award Handbook and Videos. Contact an Evaluator to confirm his/her availability to evaluate your flies and get the mailing address of the Evaluator. Mail the flies and the completed Bronze Evaluation Fly Transmittal Form (click link below and print) to the Evaluator. We suggest you mail your flies in a small compartmented box that will fit into a 6" x 9" cushioned mailer and mailed First Class Mail. Please write your name on or in the box.
The applicant may pay the $30 application fee one of two ways. Either email a completed Transmittal Form to the IFFF office and make a payment using a credit card at the IFFF Store, or mail a copy of the completed Transmittal Form along with a check to: International Federation of Fly Fishers; Membership Department; 5237 U.S. Highway 89 South, Suite 11; Livingston, Montana 59047.
IFFF staff will process receipt of the application fee by date and applicant’s name and upon receipt of the evaluated flies and confirmation that requirements for the Bronze Award have been met, the applicant will be mailed their Bronze Pin, Bronze Certificate, their flies and a copy of the evaluations.
REFUND POLICY: The application fee is a non-refundable fee regardless of the outcome of the evaluation. It is the intent of the program that each applicant improves their skills and be awarded for this achievement; therefore, the Evaluator may provide feedback and suggest resubmittal of any number of the required flies for further evaluation. However, the process must be completed within 90 days form time of original application, at which time the application will expire. An applicant may submit a second complete application (must include flies, forms and fee) following expiration of the first application.
All Evaluators are listed below. After your flies are evaluated, the Evaluation Form and flies will be forwarded to a member of the Evaluation Review Panel. Once successfully reviewed by a Review Panel member, the office will be notified and you will receive your award.
If you have any questions about the Fly Tying Skills Award Program, please feel free to call or email any of the persons listed below as Committee Members, Evaluators, or Review Panel Members.
Thank you for your interest and involvement in the IFFF FlyTying Skills Award program!
These videos, with Buszek Award recipient Al Beatty at the vice are meant as instructional guides to be used together with the Bronze Award Handbook. These instructional materials will guide tiers through the learning experience of becoming an IFFF Bronze Award recipient.
Fly tying is not unlike skinning a cat in that there is often more than one way to do it. An important thing to remember as you are working your way through this Bronze Award Program is that your goal is to follow the recipe, tie a strong, durable fly and express the proper proportions of the fly and using proper and acceptable materials.
Differences arise in fly tying instructions in book, magazines, and videos. For instance, throughout the Handbook and throughout these supportive videos you will see different suggestions regarding where to start the thread on the hook. They are all correct and acceptable – In many instances it is simply a matter of personal choice.
These videos are meant to be used as tying guides along with the handbook. The handbook is made up of detailed sections which, together with the videos will guide you thru the Bronze Award process.
Should you have any tying questions that you cannot resolve please feel free to contact any member of the Fly Tying Skills Awards Committee (Listed below).
Fly Tying Skills Awards Program Forms:
(Click to view and print)
Bronze Award Evaluator Registration Form
Bronze Award Evaluation Fly Transmittal Form
Bronze Award Evaluation Score Sheet
Bronze Award Evaluation Criteria
For more information regarding the program and/or process feel free to contact any of the following involved individuals: Please note that no mailing addresses are included in these listings for privacy reasons. Please contact these individuals by phone or email for the mailing addresses.