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Do you love big bluegill?

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.
Deadlines:
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.

IMPORTANT DETAILS: PLEASE READ
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.
And, please, DONT FORGET $3 RETURN POSTAGE.

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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SWAP UPDATE:

Justin - Bream Candy
Vince Fusco - Yellow Butt Bream Fly
David Eiututis - SILENT STINGERS
Chris Kowaleski - ??
Angelo C. Mastrando - spider pattern.....Need a bit of time to order some tying equipment
Mark Sleeper – Medusa Fly
Bill Purmort - The Roadkill
Dick Tabbert - Grass Shrimp
Allen Morgan - Flicted Damsel
ME- Squirrely Charlies

If you have questions or feedback, please PM me. Read the instructions and have fun!

A new option has popped up - one that sounds great.

Justin, our newest swap participant, has suggested this. Instead of sending $3 cash for postage, he is going to send an extra envelope WITH POSTAGE ALREADY APPLIED when he sends in his flies. Why didn't I think of that?

If this is something you fellow participants can do, it would ease the Post Office scramble facing your faithful Swapmeister.

I know some of you are rural types like me, or maybe home bound to some degree, like Dick... this may be inconvenient. Either way is good.

But it remains an option.

HEY DAVID GREAT IDEA JUSTIN CAME UP WITH !!!!! WHO KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO CASH IN THE POSTAL SERVICE BUDDY. IF I'm still on here then that's what I'll do to make it easier for you.

SENIOR TOOTY

Yeah that Justin is a pip!

I was planning on sending a S.A.S.E. anyway, like we did for the last swap :)

Thus is one of things that didn't occur to me, initially.
Live and Learn.
I just appreciate everyone and their forbearance for this budding Swapmeister.

Just wanted to say that I've placed my order in finally. Since I haven't did a fly swap before let me see if I understand. I'll a certain amount of flies send those to you ''David'' with another envelope with my address?? Am I understanding correctly?

Tie up all the flies you need to cover the swap (I think we're at ten?), one for every person in the swap (including yourself).  Put them in a small, crush-proof container.  Put that in an envelope, addressed to yourself.  Have you container, with flies, in it, and have the postal clerk weigh that, then pay for postage for it.  Then, stuff that envelope into a bigger one, addressed to David.  Pay for postage on that as well, then seal it and drop it in the box.  Remember, don't seal the envelope that's addressed to you!

Thank you Allen. I could not have said all that from my cell phone!
Yeah that's the guest of it.
Did you get the part about a crush resistant container and tie tagging?

Ok thanks for clearing that up, makes better sense, David I got that part. I must wait for my order to come in now.

I need to work on simplifying instructions for next time.

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