Thursday, February 11, 2016

Mike George

 I am a fly tyer who works with Deer Hair. I have tied at various venues including The Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, Missouri, Sow Bug Roundup, Southern Council and International FFF Conclaves, Fly Tying Festival in Houston, Texas, Smallmouth Rendezvous in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Fly Fishing Show in New Jersey, and the Norwegian Forest Museum in Elverum, Norway. 

I have assisted in fly tying classes and worked part time for K&K Fly Fishers for several years. I have conducted Advanced Deer Hair seminars for the IFFF at the Southern Council and the International level. My flies are individually auctioned for FFF fundraisers and consistently appear in FFF Fly Plates, some specifically for “Casting for Recovery” and “Healing Waters”. They were used in an ad campaign for The First National Bank of Olathe. They have been in several issues of “Flyfisher” Magazine, featured in the autumn 2003 and mentioned in the autumn 2004 issues of “Fly Tyer” magazine, winner of the “Patent Patterns” Summer 2005 “Fly Fishing and Tying Journal”, and included in volume 1 issue 3 of the “Art of Angling Journal. I am honored to have been chosen the 2004 and 2009 FFF Southern Council Fly Tyer of the year. Other awards include first and second place medals in the FFF fly tying competition in 2006. There are also Gold Medals  in the "Open" category of the Mustad Scandinavian Open Fly Tying Competition in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 with Silver in 2008 and 2013. Also a Gold in the "Dry Fly" category in 2011. The MSO is considered the premier fly tying competition in the world. I believe I hold the record for the most Gold Medals in the Open category. All of my entries and medals and honors were earned with my Deer Hair work.



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