16th German Open Fly Tying Championship 2023

Winners of the 16th German Open Fly-Tying Championship 2022! Congratulations!

Category: Dry Fly


1st Place - Michal Wierzbicki - Poland  |  2nd Place - Franco Cicerone - Switzerland| 3rd  Place - Christian Kölle - Germany


Category: Streamer


1st Place - Jürgen Bartsch - Germany|  2nd Place - Arnold Gufler - Italy3rd Place - Danny Norgall - Germany


Category: Realistic Fly


1st Place - Regine Maguhna - Germany| 2nd Place - Michal Wierzbicki - Poland | 3rd Place - Manuel Chapa Martin - Spain

Total evaluation - Dry Flies Streamer Realistic Fly
Trocken 2023 Streamer 2023 Realistische 2023

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)
Yellow Humpy Pattern as shown here: https://howtoflyfish.orvis.com/fly-tying-videos/dry-flies/704-yellow_humpy
Hook: own choice, in size #10

Fly tying recipe

Thread/Underbody: Yellow, 3/0
Tail: Moose body hair, cleaned and stacked (Elk body hair is also accepted by the coordinators and the jury)
Back/wing: Elk body hair, cleaned and stacked
Hackle: Grizzly and brown
Head: Tying thread
Tools: Hair stacker, hackle pliers

Video fly tying recipe here ....

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.

2. Streamer
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 evaluation of the flies will take place at the EWF 2023. We are very pleased to present our jury members:
  • Igor Stancev - Macedonia
  • Nadica Stanceva - Macedonia
  • Peter Gathercole - UK
  • Chris Reeves - UK

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 16th German Open Fly Tying Championship will be invited to tie flies at the 18th EWF in April 2024 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: Application Form and follow your browser's directions for downloading to your computer.

Entry Deadline:       17 April 2023

Submissions to be send to:  
Experience the World of Fly Fishing
Robert Stroh

Lindenstrasse 8
D - 82031 Grünwald

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The 16th 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.

Thank you!