We are pleased to announce the Third Annual Platte Rivers Veterans Fly Fishing – Fly Tying & Rod Building Expo.  This event will be held at Colorado Youth Outdoors in Fort Collins, CO on Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Colorado Youth Outdoors
4927 CR 36

Fort Collins, CO  80528

Over the winter, our Veterans constructed nearly 100 hand built fly rods and created dozens of fly patterns at our weekly fly tying sessions in four programs, 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 intermediate 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 program city, 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.

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 program 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 program 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 8:00 a.m. on April 11th 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

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

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

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

Laramie and Cheyenne Participants: All rods and flies must be submitted to Kevin Yarbrough (or an instructor) by March 30, 2020.

Greeley and Loveland Participants: All rods and flies must be submitted to David Sanchez or Dave Morse by March 30, 2020.

Location: 4927 CR 36, Fort Collins, CO  80528

Please RSVP by turning in a rod or set of flies, or by emailing David Sanchez, Master Rod Builder, at deal8574@msn.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!