On a lot of Fly fishing forums, as many of you probably have seen, the fly tiers do fly swaps. For those of you who dont know how a fly swap goes, heres an overview (Thanks FlyFshr)...
Fly swaps are an opportunity for tiers to exchange flies, it's usually done on a 1 fly for 1 fly basis. A member will post a thread about a swap with general guidelines including number of tiers and a deadline for when flies need to be in, the original poster is usually called the swapmeister. Once the deadline is set, other members post about their desire to participate and the swapmeister will add them to the list.
Once you are part of a swap you need to tie your flies then mail them to the swapmeister with a couple dollars for return postage, or a self addressed and stamped package, dont stiff the swapmeister. When the swapmesiter recieves all the flies he splits them up so that everyone gets eachothers flies and then sends them off to the participants. As an example, you send in 12 of the same pattern, and if all goes right you should recieve 12 different flies from the other swap participants.
When you mail your flies try to use some sort of crush resistant packaging, a small box, altoids tin, or something along those lines will work great, your box should be re-used by the swapmeister to return your flies so don't send them in just an envelope.
Flies should be toe-tagged with the name of your pattern and your WAFF board screen name so we know who tied what. A toe tag is usually just a small strip of paper that you stick on to each fly over the barb so it wont fall off, if you tie with barbless hooks then tie a small piece of mono on to your fly and tape it to the paper rather then having it slip off the barbless hook.
Anyone can be a swapmeister, but if you choose to run a swap, do it responsibly and keep all the members informed of the status of the swap, ie.. post when you get flies, post a weekly reminder of when the deadline is, and post when you send flies out. Don't be a flake.
12 people - 1 dozen flies each of any variety can be any fly you want no matter the difficulty; a fly you made up, your favorite to tie, favorite to fish, or anything else for that matter. Deadline for getting them to me is Saturday, December 15th. Thats a little over a month and should be plenty of time. Once you get the flies done, PM me and I'll shoot you my address.
With that being said, first 12 people that want in copy and paste the list and add your self and if you know what youll be tying put it on there too. We'll try not to double up on patterns if its possible.