Fly Tying Pattern Contest & Gear Giveaway

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Money is not included in the giveaway

Today’s Your lucky day because you’ve got a chance to win an extremely rare, Mona T. Van Riper sterling silver trout money clip.

I’ve had this fly fishing money clip for a number of years and I love it, but quite frankly, I never use the darn thing. This handcrafted work of art, is far too beautiful for it to sit on my bedroom dresser unused gathering dust. I’d very much like to pass it on as a thank you to one of our Gink & Gasoline loyal readers that will appreciate this rare gem, enjoy using if for many years, and hopefully pass it on to a family member down the road. I genuinely mean that, so if you don’t see yourself as the money clip type, I’d really appreciate you opting out of the contest. After all, I could have easily put it on ebay and it would have easily brought me a few hundred dollars, probably much more, since I can’t find another one like it for sale.

About Mona T. Van Riper


Mona T. Van Riper is from Sante Fe, New Mexico. She’s become wildly popular over the years from her highly detailed, handcrafted, sterling silver and gold belt buckles. I’ve seen some of her pieces sell as high as $5,000.

Contest Scope

If you want a shot at winning this wonderful money clip handcrafted by Mona T. Van Riper, we’re asking you to come up with a fly pattern that’s original, and provide us step-by-step photos and instructions on how to tie it.

Here’s the kicker, it can’t be just any fly pattern. 

For years, I’ve wanted to come up with a streamer pattern that would imitate a frog swimming subsurface. I believe that if done right, it could prove to be deadly streamer for catching a number of different coldwater and warmwater species. Right now, I’m picturing a pattern that does a good job of imitating the profile and kicking action of the legs from a natural frog swimming for its life, away from the jaws of a hungry trophy trout or bass.

Contest Rules

1. Create your best frog pattern, that’s strictly designed to be fished as a subsurface streamer. Make sure you test them out after you tie them, so you can confirm the frog pattern swims correctly in the water on a retrieve.

2. Provide by email, step by step tying instructions with photos.

3. One entry ONLY per participant.

4. One version must be mailed to Gink & Gasoline at:

3 Noontootla Overlook, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

4. Contest Entry Deadlines: I must receive your email with the photos and tying instructions of your frog pattern no later than 1:00 am Eastern Time Zone on January 19, 2014. I will then allow one week to receive your frog pattern by mail.

I will inspect and fish each pattern on the water and then choose the winner. Good Luck

Keep it Reel,

Come fish with us in the Bahamas!

Kent Klewein
Gink & Gasoline
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7 thoughts on “Fly Tying Pattern Contest & Gear Giveaway

  1. Hi Kent,
    That is a very cool idea – and I think already something that should be repeated. I am wondering if 5 days isn’t a little short – 10 days would give more ample time to people like me who have a heavy workweek ahead of them.
    That being said by golly I will tie something. An interesting challenge.
    As an aside, love the blog and religiously read it every morning, a big and heartfelt THANK YOU to you and Louis.

  2. I’m totally in! This is definitely going to yield some interesting, and cool, fly patterns. I’ll be on my vise this evening. Gotta love a good challenge!

  3. Im a sinner of the highest order. Soft plastic frog on an 8 wt with a 15 foot intermediate tip. Brutally effective…but probably not fly fishing. Wish I had the material to enter this contest. Good luck to everyone who enters.

  4. This is a fly I’ve thought of often as well. Alas, I tie for shite, a san juan worm is about as far as I push my talents…
    I’ve tried trimming a deer hair frog slider but it was a wasted effort…

    Best of luck, I do hope the winning recipe is posted, maybe even a video of the strip-pause action.

  5. Hi Kent,
    I like the idea of this. I have never though of a subsurface frog pattern. This contest should be quite interesting to see the results. I hope you will post the pictures of the entrants. Alas I will not be able to enter. I received this email on 1-20-2014 at 5:05 am. It was only 28 hours and 5 minutes late to be able to enter. I know I can tie a bit faster than some beginners, however I don’t think I can tie fast enough to turn back time. <{:-D

    Keep up this great wed page.


    • I will be posting pictures of the entries for everyone to see. The winner will not be announced until I get all of the in the mail and try them in on the water. I feel like it’s really the only fair way to do it. Sorry you didn’t get the email in time to participate. I posted the contest about a week ago. Part of the challenge was to not have a long deadline for the pattern entries. Good luck next time around.


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