Nominations for 2018 induction into the ST Legends of the Fly Hall of Fame (HOF) are now open and from now until September 1, 2017. The online nominating process allows everyone to submit nominees to HOF induction that will be held in early February at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show. Again this year, the event is co-sponsored by Southern Trout Magazine and the Fly Fishing Show.
Last year’s remaining 21 nominees will be grandfathered into the pool of nominees. Fifteen new nominees will be juried from the nominating process that begins now. To nominate someone please fill out the nomination form below. This year those nominated will be reviewed and voted on by Southern Unlimited, LLC. editorial staff and living members of the ST Legends of the Fly HOF. Nine nominees will be added to the list of candidates.
Immediately following the nomination/jurying process in September, 2018 nominees will be made known and online voting will begin. Online voting concludes December 30, 2017. Inductees will be announced January 10, 2018. Last year during the first year of ST Legends of the Fly HOF voting, over 13,000 votes were cast.
Legends of the Fly HOF Nomination Criteria
Nominee must be a Southerner, either by birth or residence. Geographically this is those states located south of the Mason-Dixon Line westward through the Ozarks.
The goal is to recognize significant contributions to the tradition and heritage of fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass in the South. While certainly a consideration some of the time, the HOF was not established to recognize conservation, charitable or organization efforts. This is already covered by TU, Izzak Walton League, FFF and such. It is assumed by us that great fly fishermen are by definition conservationist who have significantly contributed to the cause.
There are no specific categories such as fly tier, guide, rod builder, artist or writer. The goal of the ST Legends of the Fly HOF is to recognize the unique and significant contributions of an individual to the lore and tradition of fly fishing for trout and bass in the South. The ultimate goal is recognize and preserve history that which might otherwise be forever lost.
As in the past everyone has one opportunity to nominate
Send an email to Webmaster@southerntrout.com or to Don@southerntrout.com with the following information to nominate!
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