17th German Open Fly Tying Championship 2024
Participation in the German Open Championship in Fly Tying
This is an open championship so all can participate! That means the Championship in Fly Tying is also open for international competitors.
Members of the jury and the organizers are excluded from participation.
You must be 17 or older to participate. Those younger are invited to participate in the Children’s Fly Tying Championship (EWF Master) hosted by the EWF.
1. Dry Fly (required pattern)
CDC & Quill Dun Pattern by Nadica & Igor Stancev as shown here: Tying Recipe
Hook: own choice, short shank size 12 or size #14 standard
(note: for standard #12 may be difficult to find enough long stripped quill to cover the hook shank)
Fly tying recipe
Thread: brown 16/0 or 18/0, thinner is better; you can make more wraps without change of the shape of the fly.
Tail: spread fibers of Cock de Leon (Pardo-speckled), acceptable option is gray or brown hackle fibers
Body: brown stripped cock’s quill
Thorax cover: few strands of brown body thread or polypropylene for parachute wings. It splits the wings slightly to sides
Thorax: rusty brown dubbing
Forewings: CDC fibers in bunch
Front wings: CDC points (tips) with some fine quill in the center, shaped to natural
Head: tying thread, varnished
1a. Dry Fly
Your own pattern, Hook: Daiichi or your own choice
Both dry flies (1 and 1a) will be judged together. If only one fly is submitted in the overall category, the entry will not be judged.
Hook: Daiichi or your own choice
3. Realistic Fly
Hook: Daiichi or your own choice
Please note: Judging will now include realistic flies which are truly related to fly fishing and which imitate insects that have a development phase in water.
- For the "Dry Fly" category, one pattern is required and a second should be your own pattern. This means that the contestant must submit two flies, the required pattern and his or her own pattern.
- It is not required that the flies be tyed on Daiichi hooks. Any brand of hook can be used in all categories if the participant cannot obtain Daiichi hooks.
- A fly tyer can compete in all categories.
- Very important: participants must follow the requirements, otherwise the submitted fly patterns will not be evaluated, that is, they will be disqualified.
Jury and Evaluation of the Submitted Flies
The names of the jury will be announced one week before the evaluation.
After the flies are judged, every participant will receive a promotional package of sample hooks.
The three top participants in each category will receive a certificate, a medal, and they will appear in a German fly-fishing magazine.
Three winners of the 17th German Open Fly Tying Championship will be invited to tie flies at the 20th EWF in April 2025 at the suggestion of Gerd-Peter Wieditz, the initiator of the German Open Fly Tying Championship.
Participants must submit, to the address below, each fly packaged separately. Included with each fly must be a detailed fly-tying recipe (tying instructions) and a filled-out application. If a contestant ties several flies, they can be in a single container, but each fly must be separately packaged together with the corresponding tying recipe and filled-out application.
To download the Application Form (a PDF file) click here:
The Application form for the Fly Tying Championship and follow your browser's directions for downloading to your computer.
Entry Deadline: 8 April 2024
Submissions to be send to:
D - 80997 München
The 17th German Open Fly Tying Championship 2023 is sponsored by the Experience the World of Fly Fishing.
Ahrex hooks sponsors the sample hooks which will be sent after the evaluation of the flies.