It is that time of year again – time for THE PINK FLY CONTEST. For those who are not acquainted with the PINK FLY CONTEST here are a few details. The contest was started by Janet and Bill Thompson of the North Country Angler in North Conway, New Hampshire. The idea is simple; raise funds for Casting for Recovery. Casting for Recovery is a national organization that holds fly fishing outings for breast cancer survivors.
The rules are simple: you tie a fly using a lot of pink colored materials. You send the fly to one of the participating fly shops along with $5. The $5 entry fee goes to casting for recovery; the entire five bucks. Over the last four years we have raised over $4000 for CFR.
All flies must be entered by February 28, 2011. That means they must be in the possession of one of the participating fly shops by that date. All of the flies will be displayed at the Pelham Fish & Game Club / Merrimak Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing Show on March 5th and 6th http://www.merrimacktu.org/NL/2008decNewsletter.pdf & http://www.pelhamfishandgame.com/ , the winners will be chosen at the show. Winning flies are judged by the best use of the color pink. There will be a first and second prize. All of the flies will be donated to Casting for recovery. Tiers who wish to have their flies returned may do so; however a self addressed envelope with appropriate postage must be included. We will take checks or cash; checks should be made out to Casting for Recovery.
This year, at present, there are four fly shops participating in the contest. Flies may be sent off, dropped off or mailed to the following shops:
North Country Angler
P. O. Box 1901
2888 White Mountain Hwy.
North Conway, NH 03860
Stone River Outfitters
132 Bedford Center Road
Bedford, NH 03110
Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop
1480 US RT One
Cape Neddick, ME 03902
17 ½ Lebanon Street
Hanover, NH 03755
Good luck to everyone who enters, and kudos for those who help support the worthy causes such as Casting for Recovery. If I can tie something as nice as Chris Del Plato’s Candace the Conquerer, I might have to keep it for myself and just send in a check.
A couple years back, I got wind of a unique fundraiser being held in the UK. A 24-hour fly tying marathon to raise funds for the UK chapter of Casting for Recovery. You can see the related follow-up here. So, Keith Passant is once again taking on the task. They have raised thousands of dollars, and managed some great raffle prizes including artwork from one of my personal favorite artists, Sarah Briston. Read Keith’s information below and DO get a few tickets.
Two years ago I was chatting with a friend of mine who’s wife had just gone through the breast cancer ordeal. Happily she has made a good recovery but my friend and I decided that we could raise some cash for a cancer charity. I had read in a magazine about a charity called Casting for Recovery that had been set up in the UK a short while before by two ladies that fly fished. Great ideas came into my head and further discussions led to the first 24 hour fly tying marathon going ahead here in the UK.
Last year I did the second marathon at the BFFI in Stoke and this year I am doing it again and again it’s at the BFFI in October. To raise money I try to get sponsorship and sell raffle tickets and I will be doing that again this year.
During last year’s event I had a huge amount of support from the guys n gals on tyers row at the fair but one of the exhibitors came up with a fabulous offer which I just could not say no to. Sarah Briston of Classic Fly Art is an accomplished (that’s actually an understatement) artist and specialises in classic salmon patterns. Throughout 2008/9 she had undertaken a project to paint 16 flies from a book called Autumn’s on the Spey by A.E.Knox. So she needed 16 patterns tied and this she achieved by getting some of THE best tiers from the Classic Fly-tying Forum to tie them up. Have a look on my blog for the full list and a view of the frame.
Now she has 16 flies and nowhere to put them! So Sarah decides on framing them all and donating that frame to this years effort for CfR UK & Ireland and I am over the moon that she has done so. The tickets are available here and will cost you £2.00 each and we are hoping to sell huge numbers. The frame alone is priceless and to have a chance of winning it for such a small sum has to be worth it. If you have a go then best of luck and thanks to Darren [pacres] for helping to publicise the event.
I’ve bought my tickets and now am hoping for one of the great raffle items. I’ll also be donating a few classic Rangeley streamers to the cause in the hopes they can spur on a few streamer aficionados to buy a ticket or two.
This looks interesting. A 24 hour fly tying marathon in support of Casting For Recovery, an organization I support here in Canada. The event is taking place at the Orvis store in Burford, Oxfordshire and benefits the UK & Ireland chapter of CFR. Best of luck to all the participants.