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IFTD: Flymen Fishing Company back on podium

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Flymen Fishing Company CEO, Martin Bawden, shows off the award for Best New Freshwater Fly Pattern at IFTD.
↑ The prize and the winnners. The Best New Freshwater Fly Pattern award is pictured with samples of the Flymen Fishing Company's Skulpin Bunny.
↑ A selection of Skulpin Bunny flies from the Flymen Fishing Company.

Flymen Fishing Company returned to the winners’ podium at IFTD when it picked up the Best New Freshwater Fly Pattern award with its Fish-Skull™ Skulpin Bunny.

The Brevard, North Carolina company, which won the Best Saltwater Fly Pattern and Best Fly Tying Material awards at last year’s show in New Orleans, was among the honours again in 2012 at Reno.

Martin Bawden, CEO of Flymen Fishing Company, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won our fourth Best in Show award in the last three years. It is a strong endorsement by the industry for the innovative fly tying products and flies we are developing.

“Overall this year’s IFTD show was a success for us and always offers a wonderful opportunity to meet with new and existing customers.”

The Skulpin Bunny is an authentic sculpin pattern that looks and performs in a realistic, imitative manner. It combines the attributes of the award-winning Fish Skull™ Sculpin Helmet with irresistible natural movement of rabbit fur strips to produce a simple, high performance fly that is a pleasure to fish with.

The company adds that it is a very effective trout and smallmouth bass fly that can be comfortably fished with a #5 or #6 weight fly rod.

It has been specifically designed to be fished in an almost snag-free way deep or very near the river or lake bottom where sculpins and gobies typically live.

The fly does this by combining a Sculpin Helmet – that has a weighted keel – with a #4 streamer hook tied in the upwards position.

The weight gets the fly down and the keel means that it will always swim in the hook upwards position which helps to avoid getting caught on the bottom. The flat bottom and ‘up eye’ hook position helps the fly move over any obstacles it may encounter.

Using Hareline Dubbin’s range of barred and variant rabbit strips as the primary body and tail material, the Skulpin Bunny is available in six different colour options.

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