We are pleased to announce the Second Annual Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing – Rod & Fly Recognition and Competition Day.  This event will be held at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, WY  on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from Noon to 3:00 p.m.

This past winter, our Veterans constructed nearly 100 hand built fly rods and created dozens of fly patterns at our weekly fly tying sessions in four regions, across two states.

We are looking forward to putting this hard work on display in a contest format that will include prizes for first, second and third place in both beginner and advanced builders and tiers categories. We will also celebrate everyone’s efforts by providing a delicious lunch at no cost , fellowship and discussions surrounding the fishing trip opportunities that are already underway.

Submissions should include a label with first and last name, PRVFF location, name of flies if possible, and experience level; Beginner (1st year tying or 1st rod built), or Intermediate tier or rod builder with more experience than one year.

Rods and flies will be judged anonymously! All submissions will be on display at the event, and will be returned right afterward, about 3:00 p.m.

Event Rules and Timeline

Fly Rods:

  1. All construction must be done by the participant only. An instructor may demonstrate construction, but the final construction must be completed by the participant.
  2. Customization such as lettering, drawings, fancy wrappings, custom grips, inlays etc. are only limited to the participant’s imagination.
  3. The submitted rods from each region will be gathered and returned directly by the Program Director or rod building instructor.

The Judges will use a 100 point scale for categories that include “Neatness” (evenness of the thread wraps, no excess glues or finishes on blank/grip/seat, “Functionality” (guide spacing, components in line, etc.), “Creativity” (open to interpretation of the judges) and so on. The totals are tallied for each participant and the winners in each category with the highest overall scores are the winners.

Hand Tied Flies:

  1. All construction must be done by the participant only. An instructor may demonstrate construction, but the final construction must be completed by the participant.
  2. One Dry fly, one Nymph and one Streamer must be submitted.
  3. The submitted flies from each region will be gathered and returned directly by the Program Director or rod building instructor.

The Judges will use a 100 point scale for all three flies that include “Tying Skills”, “Creativity” and “Fishability” (open to interpretation of the judges). The totals are tallied for each participant and the winners in each category with the highest overall scores are the winners.

The decisions of the Judges are final. Judging starts at 10:00 a.m. on April 15th and all evaluations performed by the Judges will be completed by 12:00 p.m. the day of the event. Awards will be placed soon after for the following:

Beginner Rod Building: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

Advanced Rod Building: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

Beginning Fly Tying: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

Advanced Fly Tying: 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

Laramie and Cheyenne Participants: All rods and flies must be submitted to Dale Blakely (or an instructor) by April 10, 2019.

Greeley and Loveland Participants: All rods and flies must be submitted to Joe O’Connor or Dave Morse by April 10, 2019.

Location: 2200 Pioneer Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001

Please RSVP by turning in a rod or set of flies, or by emailing Dave Morse, our Loveland Co-Lead, at dgmorse45@gmail.com so we can get an accurate meal count.

Although you do not have to be present to win, we strongly encourage everyone to come celebrate each others accomplishments and newly found craft!

We’ll see you there!