Fly Tying Competition




We want to see your most creative and effective swing flies for steelheadOur TOP 5 entries will be judged by Ken Morrish, Jon Hazlett, and Marcus Mattioli! The winning fly pattern will be commercially produced by the shop and the winner will receive full recognition as the original tyer! Dig deep! We look forward to seeing all your awesome flies!


HOW TO SUMBIT: The contest will be open from today until midnight on Monday, February 15th. To submit you may send images via DM on social platforms or by emailing them to  Please specify the each fly is an entry. Public Instagram or Facebook posts using #afstyingcontest as an entry is also encouraged! LIMIT 2 ENTRIES PER PERSON.


KEEP ALL YOUR ENTRIES: Each fly pic submitted will be previewed by our esteemed judges. The top 5 finalists will be asked to mail us their flies for the final round of in-person judging. 


HOW THEY WILL BE JUDGED: Each fly will be judged on the following criteria: Fishiness (10 points)

Proportions (10 points)

Execution (10 points)

Practicality/Reproducibility (10 points) 

Fly Name (5 points)

Originality (5 points)

WHAT’S IN IT FOR THE WINNER?! The winner will be announced LIVE on our social channels on or around March 1st! The winner will receive a $100 AFS GIFT CARD, $100 toward your choiceof Hareline tying materials,and a Loon Complete Tying Tool Kit! well as MEGA recognition for your pattern when we have it produced for the Fall 2021 Steelhead season! Please note this is a contest for amateur fly tiers only; industry professionals will not be included in this round. We look forward to seeing all your creative, fishy patterns.
* This contest is just for amateur tiers; if you are on any pro accounts with fly fishing brands, you will be excluded. We reserve the right to post pics on our social platforms of any patterns that are sent to us. We will copiously credit all re-posts. Barring any unforeseen circumstances the winning pattern will be produced in a limited edition run in advance of the Fall 2021 Steelhead season. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram or Facebook.