Over 120 tiers have been scheduled to tie at 2017 Sowbug Roundup next month in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The schedule is full with some of the best tiers in the country as well as tiers from Japan, Denmark and England. Ken Sickles who is running the Ironman Fly Tying Contest.
Wapsi has generously donated several hundred dollars of fly tying material as the grand prize. The Sowbug Roundip has three excellent tying classes this year. Mike George is teaching deer hair stacking, Jere Anderson is teaching how to tie the IFFF Bronze Award flies, and Dutch Baughman will be giving a class on thread control and other techniques. We will also auction off three fly plates from flies donated by the tiers
The February meeting of the North Arkansas Fly Fisher will be sort of a “preview” of Sowbug. There will be fly tiers and stuff for sale or swap. The following folks will be tying flies for your edification and amusement: John Berry - Green Butt soft hackle; Ron McQuay - Soft hackles; Paul Port – crawfish; Dennis Galyardt- Czech nymphs; Fred DuPre’ - trout flies; Tom Emerick - Elk Hair caddis and up-wing dry fly. You can also bring things to sell or swap. There will be tables for the layout of the items and the means to mark it as to sale or swap. Club members are invited to observe the fly tying and shop the fly fishing stuff.