The Sowbug Roundup is coming up on March 22, 23 and 24 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. This is a fly-tying show and the premier fly-fishing-related show in the area. An integral part of the Sowbug Roundup is the fly-tying contest. There are 10 categories, nymph, dry fly, wet fly, streamer, smallmouth bass, bass, warm water, salmon/steelhead, saltwater, and tenkara.
In addition, there is a Best in Show. The winners of each category and the Best in Show will receive a plaque (the perfect thing to hang over your tying desk). The real prize is the bragging rights for winning. Rules have been kept to a minimum. The entrant must tie the fly submitted for judging. Each entry must include the name, address, phone number and email address along with two flies for each pattern submitted (they must be exactly the same size, color, etc).
You must provide the recipe for the fly, instructions on how to fish it, and the category you wish to have it judged in. You may submit as many patterns for as many categories as you want. You can win a maximum of three categories (Best in Show is considered a category).
All flies submitted will become the property of the contest and will not be returned. Any fly that contains insect parts (legs wings, etc.) will be eliminated from the competition. Commercially tied patterns will not be accepted. The decision of the judges is final. Committee members and judges are not eligible to participate in the contest.
To participate, all you have to do is send your flies, recipes and fishing instructions to me, John Berry, at 408 Combs Ave. Cotter, Arkansas, 72626, by Feb. 12, 2018. The winners will be announced on March 23, 2018, at the Sowbug Roundup Shindig which will be held at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church beginning at 6 p.m. This event has become the top fly-fishing social event of the year.