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Fly swaps are an opportunity for fly tiers to exchange flies with their fellow enthusiasts.
YOU tie a fly - 1 for each participating member – and you receive one from each of the members
in the swap.
One of the members agrees to be the coordinator, thereafter called the “Swapmeister.”
For this swap, your Swapmeister will be ME.

Swap Theme: Say NO TO POPPERS

Any non-popper fly which you have taken bluegill with, or is aknown gill getter is welcome...
anything but poppers.
a. Deadline to join and declare which fly you are tying - November 24, 2013.
To join, send a PERSONAL MESSAGE to ME, (the Swapmeister) and tell me which fly you're tying.
You will be added to the list, along with your chosen fly. Have a backup fly, too, in case of
duplication. Once the cutoff date passes, you must wait until next time.
b. Deadline to deliver your flies to the Swapmeister via USPS – December 14, 2013
c. PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED to 15 members   

Once you are officially part of the swap, get busy and tie your flies. TIE ONE FOR EACH MEMBER, INCLUDING YOURSELF.
Don’t delay! Make one for each member of the swap. Make ‘em nice and neat, too, then tag them.
Once your flies are complete, mail them in the proper package (see below) ALONG WITH
a S.A.S.E envelope or re-mailing postage of $3 to me at this address:

David the Swapmeister
296 West Creek Rd., Leesville, SC  29070
(your pre-paid postage ensures the Swapmeister isn’t stiffed for it.)

Once I receive all the flies, I'll split them up so everyone gets one of each fly from the other
members. Then, I'll rush them back to you.

Mailing - mail your flies in a padded envelope, but put them in a crush resistant,
REUSABLE container. The most common is an Altoids tin, or something like it.
I use this container to RETURN all your new flies in. So don't send them in just an envelope.

Tagging – Please ‘toe-tag’ your flies with the name of your pattern and your Big Bluegill name.
A toe-tag is a small strip of paper that you stick on the hook of each fly. If you tie with barbless
hooks, tie a small piece of mono to your fly’s eye and tape the tag to that.

If all participants follow these simple direction, each of you will receive your box BACK, full of
different flies from the other participants, by return mail.

Thanks everyone and have fun!

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Thank you, Tooty!  Believe me, the 'gills will inhale these things!

Super gorgeous, Allen!

Love them can't wait Allen

UPDATE: Today is the deadline for joining the fly swap.
As of now, we have ten participants. Beginning tomorrow, you may send in your flies.
If you have not started your flies, no worries - you have until December 14 to deliver them to me.

Keep em in the air!
Allen, you must have the patience of Jobe to string out that marabou tail ... Really awesome work Thanks for making the effort I look forward to adding one to my box...and, if I could find a calm moment ..try to tie one!
Bill, I don't plan to fish Allens damsel, myself.
I'm gonna put it in a frame along with one each of the others he sent me back in the summer.
He really does have the knack....

hey mc scruff I would like to get in on the xmas fly swap if their is room.

Bluto, my man... You've just beat the deadline by a hair.
For our fellow swappers, this is why I asked everyone to resist sending flies early... Odds are always good someone will come at the 11th hour.
Count yourself in, Bluto and welcome!
Please look over the list of participant ties, so you won't duplicate another guys' fly.
Thanks again.
UPDATE: JAMES GILLETTE, aka "Bluto," is now in the swap.
This brings the current total to ELEVEN guys! If you thought you were done - sorry, back to the bench!

Welcome to the swap, James!

David, I knew there was a good reason to tie more flies than I actually needed :)

In your case, Fuzzy, you may as well just keep them in production. I predict a high demand for them on the next swap....


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