ASF announces winners of Canada 150 fly tying contest


May 29, 2017

ASF announces winners of Canada 150 fly tying contest
Entries from around the world highlight history, nature, diversity

ST. ANDREWS – A panel of judges have selected winners and runners-up in the Canada 150 fly-tying contest sponsored by the Atlantic Salmon Federation. All the original salmon flies entered in the competition were designed to represent Canada. The winners will have their work published in the summer edition of the Atlantic Salmon Journal and will receive prizes from Cabela’s and UNI Products J.G. Cote Inc.

The under-18 winners are:
1st: Aiden Hay, 15, Sussex, N.B. for 150 and Beyond
2nd: Ashton Nutten, 13, Riverview, N.B. for Canadian Stripes

The senior class winners are:
1st: Thommy Rodrigue, Quebec, Q.C. for D’un ocean a l’autre
2nd (tie): Lloyd Lutes, Moncton, N.B. for True North
2nd (tie): Michel LeBlanc, Rawdon, Q.C. for La Canada 150
3rd (tie): Christopher Krysciak, Richmond Hill, O.N. for A Tapestry of Canada
3rd (tie): Ian Barrett, Portugal Cove-St. Phillips, N.L. for Diversity

“Presentation flies like these take special skill and patience. Even finding the right colour and type of material can be hard,” said Nathan Wilbur, ASF’s Director of New Brunswick programs and one of three contest judges.

Entries came from across Eastern Canada, New England, and as far away as Alaska and Japan. In addition to submitting their work, contestants were asked to provide a description of their inspiration and intentions.

Senior winner Thommy Rodrigue used mainly red and white material. His description explained that the feather wing has ten distinct sections, each representing a Canadian province. Meanwhile, strands in the throat are meant to symbolize the three territories. The tail is a grey colour meant to symbolize Canada’s new national bird, the gray jay.    

Others designed their entries to represent Canada’s cultural diversity (Ian Barrett), even the strength of federal-provincial relationships (Aiden Hay).

“We are grateful that people took the time and put so much thought into this contest,” said Nathan Wilbur. “While the theme of the contest was Canada’s 150th anniversary, First Nations’ have been here much longer, and several of the entries reflected features of aboriginal and European history."

The Summer 2017 issue of the Atlantic Salmon Journal, which features the flies and stories submitted by the people who created them will be published and distributed in early June. Pictures for use by media are available here.


For more information please contact:
Neville Crabbe – ASF Communications
(506) 529-1033

The Atlantic Salmon Federation was founded in 1948 with the goal of conserving and restoring wild Atlantic salmon stocks throughout the North Atlantic. Our federation includes provincial and state councils, and affiliate groups throughout Eastern Canada and New England, representing thousands of members and volunteers.

IMAGES BELOW: These can be used for publication by other media, with credit given to Peter Leverman.

Fly Contest Images

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