It has been a while since we have had an invitational swap on the Forum, and so I'm thinking it's about time someone started one. For the newer guys here, let me explain. An Invitation Swap is, of course, open by invitation only. Here's how it works. Someone starts the swap by inviting one person. That person who has just been invited then invites one person, who invites one person and so on until the swap is filled. The idea behind an invitational swap is to invite the guys who are the top of their game; the elite tyers. Now, I am no where near an elite tyer, but I have been hosting here for several years now, and that's where I can contribute. Now, some of you may be saying, "I won't be invited, so what's in it for me?" And here's the thing. Even though you aren't invited, there will be pictures posted of all the flies and you can see a set of really nice trout flies. And you will have the screen names of all the guys who participated and can ask them for recipes, tips & techniques, and maybe even for a step-by-step. That's between you and the tyer. And the other reward for everyone is inspiration. That means that you see some really great flies, and you are encouraged to continue to work hard at your tying so that some day you, too, can be at that level.
Now for the nuts and bolts of how this swap will work. There will be 13 participates & everyone except for the last person invited will get to invite one person. Please do your inviting by PM, and post to the thread when your invitee has agreed. If you are invited, go ahead and post to the thread so you can get on the roster, and when you can, let me know what your pattern will be. You will tie 12 flies and will get back 12, but you will not get back one of your own. Once the swap is filled, we will have a little chat to see when the due date will be. The only requirements will be your best work and any trout fly that you choose. It can be a dry, a wet, a nymph, an emerger or a streamer. Or variations of the above. (Flymph, etc.) I will post a new thread for the pictures and EVERYONE is invited to log onto that one so that you can be alerted when a new picture is posted. Or you can log on to this thread, just for the fun of watching the progress here. There are some really super tyers on the forum and I know that the result is going to be an awesome set of flies. I hope this swap will be fun, exciting and educational for everyone on the forum.
1. Breambuster - SM - Completed
2. Netabrookie - Red Quill Dry Fly - Received - Completed
3. Fishingbobnelson - Adams Trude - Received - Completed
4. Troutguy - Received - Completed
5. Phg - Received - Completed
6. Jfinn - Para Wulff Variation - Received - Completed
7. DavidHE - Received - Completed
8. Jburge - Received - Completed
9. Horseshoes - #4 Spruce Fly - Received
10. Henrik Thomsen (DK) - Polish Quills - Received - Completed
11. Eide - Carrie Stevens Streamer - Received - Completed
12. Piker20 - #10 Hot Muddler - Received - Completed
13. Riffleriversteelheadslayer - Hopper - Received - Completed
Let's Have Some FUN!