• Win a Fly Tester: Micro-Spine Fly Tying Contest
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    Caleb Welborn
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Win a Fly Tester: Micro-Spine Fly Tying Contest

Fly Tyers, Thread Your Bobbins!

We've seen more and more photos on social media of amazing Articulated Micro-Spine flies tied by fly tyers like you.

The flies we've seen are just the tip of the iceberg, so we're holding a fly tying contest on Instagram to help you show off your patterns to the world and give you the chance to win grand prizes. We appreciate the contributions of Fly Fish Food, Redington, Flood Tide Co.Loon OutdoorsThe Fly Fishing ShowKona Fishing Products, and Hareline Dubbin to make this fly tying contest great for everyone who enters!

It's Easy to Enter – Tie a Fly and Snap a Picture

  1. Tie a fly that integrates the NEW Fish-Skull Chocklett's Articulated Micro-Spine and take a photo of it
  2. Post the photo on Instagram, list the Flymen material(s) you used, tag @flymenfishingco, @flyfishfood, @redingtongear, @floodtideco, @loonoutdoors, @theflyfishingshow, @konafishing, and @harelinedubbin, in your post (make sure you're following all of us!), and hashtag #MicroSpineFlyTyingContest

12 Winners Go to the Final Round – And Each Wins a Fly Tester!

The Flymen team will vote to choose 3 weekly winners per week for 4 weeks, for a total of 12 finalists. Finalists will be announced on the Friday of each week, starting Friday, March 13.

The criteria for winning can be anything from realism to creativity, so feel free to go crazy with your design. We love seeing innovative ideas.

Entries are eligible to win through the duration of the contest, meaning a photo you post on the first week could be a winner on the last week.

I posted some fly photos before the contest started... Can I enter them in the contest?

Photos from the past can be entered in the contest, BUT they must be re-posted (simply adding the hashtag on a photo from 3 months ago doesn't count).

The Final Round

At the end of the 4 weeks, we will re-post the 12 winning flies on a webpage for a voting period.

After the voting period, the prizes will be awarded to the fly tyers in order based on how many votes they received.

Everyone who votes in the final round will be entered into a sweepstakes to have the chance to win prizes as well! So even if you don't win a prize in the contest, you may walk away with a great prize pack just from voting!

The Prizes

All finalists will win a NEW 2020 Edition Fly Tester! If you've already pre-ordered a Fly Tester and are selected as a finalist, you can choose to receive store credit of equal value as your prize instead.

The Fly Tester is currently available for pre-order. We are in phase 2 of the pre-orders and the phase 2 Fly Tester units will ship in June. Each finalist will have a Fly Tester reserved for them.

1st place

Fly Tester + $200 Flymen store credit

2nd place

Fly Tester + Loon $150 store credit

3rd place

Fly Tester + Fly Fish Food $125 store credit

4th place

Fly Tester + Flood Tide Co. $100 store credit

5th place

Fly Tester + Hareline $75 store credit

6th-12th place

Fly Tester


Week 1: Finalists 1 - 3

Finalist Fly #1

Brandon Bailes (@panther_branch_bugs) tied this Amphibian fly using one tail shank Micro-Spine, three 8 mm Micro-Spines, and two 10 mm Fish-Spines. The foam tipped tail helps to suspend on the pause and hook is keeled to ride hook point up.

Finalist Fly #2

Morgan Eddy (@va_muddler) tied this Mutant Helgi Game Changer with 1 tail shank Micro-Spine, five 6 mm Micro-Spines, a streamer brush, rubber legs, and UV resin.

Finalist Fly #3

Steve Yewchuck (@envisionflyworks) took a crayfish pattern that has produced some amazing fish and downsized it using two 8 mm Micro-Spines, one 6 mm Micro-Spine, and 1 tail shank Micro-Spine. When stripped it has a natural fleeing tail action.

Week 2: Finalists 4 - 6

Finalist Fly #4

Herman deGala (@fly_tying_clips): Tied with five 8mm Articulated Micro-Spines.

Finalist Fly #5

Karl Önning (@karl.onning): Mini EN-sculpin tied with 1x tail, 1x 6mm, and 2x 8mm Micro-Spines plus a mini Fish-Skull Sculpin Helmet.

Finalist Fly #6

Devan Sieben (@devansieben): Tied with Micro-Spines and a homemade brush.

Week 3: Finalists 7 - 9

Finalist Fly #7

By @agne: Pandalus borealis, inspiration from @seafly907. Fish-Skull Chocklett's Articulated Micro-Spine shanks 1 tail shank, 1x6mm, 1x8mm.

Finalist Fly #8

By @bfgdoesntcatchfish: Micro-Spine Articulated Trout Slider. It uses the Fish-Skull Articulated Micro-Spines: 1 tail shank, 1 x 6 mm shank, and 2 x 8 mm shanks.

Finalist Fly #9

By @havocflyco: A lot of movement in this little 3” baitfish using Fish-Skull Articulated Micro-Spines: 1 tail shank, 3 of the 6 mm, 3 of the 8 mm, rabbit In chinchilla with the cdc multi clamp, a little gray and red schlappen, finished off with a Fish-Skull Baitfish Head and some Loon UV in black and orange for the fun of it.

Week 4: Finalists 10 - 12

Finalist Fly #10

By @bradensherwood_: A Micro Feather Game Changer hybrid diver tied with one Micro-Spine Tail Shank, three 6 mm Micro-Spines, and four 8 mm Micro-Spines. The spines are palmered with hen saddle and filler flash. Finished with Surface Seducer Dragon Eyes in 7 mm Arctic Gray.

Finalist Fly #11

By @feather.and.fly: The Swimming Dead. Moves like a dying baitfish, drives trout and bass crazy. Uses a 6 mm Tail Shank Micro-Spine and three 8 mm Micro-Spines.

Finalist Fly #12

By @flyboyco128: Big Ugly Critter tied with six 8 mm Micro-Spines for the legs and a Nymph-Head Wiggle Tail Shank.

  • Post author
    Caleb Welborn
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Comments on this post (10)

  • Dec 03, 2020

    When will the voting period open? I have been looking ever since the last winners were chosen. Please answer soon, thanks.

    — Jackson Jones

  • Dec 03, 2020

    I submitted a fly yesterday did not receive any confirmation of receipt. Just want to be sure you received it. First time using the micro spine Love it!

    — Joe rassman

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Do you have a link where we can see all the entries after each week’s contest? Thanks

    — Mike

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Some very nice looking flies entered so far. I’m glad I don’t have to judge them!

    — Jack C.

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Tom, currently it is a pre-sale period for the Fly Tester as it is a future product. Units will ship in late May/early June. Thank you for your question and for pre-ordering the Fly Tester.

    — The Flymen Team

  • Dec 03, 2020

    I pre ordered the fly tester a couple or three months ago. When can i expect delivery. Seems like this is taking a long time.

    — Tom Millman

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Rick, this contest is only on Instagram. It is free to set up an account, if you have any questions on it please just let us know. Thank you for your question.

    — The Flymen Team

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Herman, there is not a limit to how many flies you can enter to the contest. Thank you for your question.

    — The Flymen Team

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Is there any other way to post flies for contest than Instagram? Would like a answer back please Rick

    — Rick

  • Dec 03, 2020

    Is there a limit as to the number of entries?

    — Herman deGala

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