On February 25, 2012 was the deadline for handing in the flies for the EFFA Open 2012 - International Fly Tying Championship which was done in cooperation with Messe Friedrichshafen, Fisch und Fliege and the European Fly Fishing Association.


Flies from tiers from all over Europe were sent in for the contest. Some came even from as far away as Canada. All of the tiers tried to become the EFFA Open winners 2012. Beautiful EFFA Open awards sponsored by EFFA and tackle prices sponsored by Textreme, Fly Wade - Beer Collection, Hemingway's, Fabisch Flyfishing, Flyfishing Elmenreich, Grabher Flyfishing, Flyfishing International - Günter Feuerstein, HRH Fishing Hebeisen and Springforelle were waiting for the winners in the three categories.


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On Sunday March 11, 2012 the winners were presented at the fair and were handed out the prices by EFFA president Günter Feuerstein and Gilberto Alberti from TEXTREME, one of the main sponsors. As it was an international fly tying competition with tiers from all over Europe and even from Canada only a few of the winners could be present at the award ceremony but all those who did not have the possibility to be at site got their awards and tackle prices via mail. Thanks a lot to all participants and especially to the sponsors.


The jury

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The jury of the competition consisted of the international tying pros Marc Petitjean, Theo Atanassov and Werner Steinsdorfer. They were checking all the flies very carefully and finally the results of the EFFA Open 2012 could be presented:


The winners:


Dry Fly:

1. Michel Paquin, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CDN

2. Mark Schlecht, Bremgarten, CH

3. Jean Quintus, Reckange, LUX

4. Christopher Lechner AT

5. Werner Becker D

6. Georg Dodier AT

7. Herbert Daigeler D

8. Thomas Wimmer D

9. Ingolf Augustin D

10. Jürgen Schmid D,



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1.  Klaus - Peter Hoffmann, Regen, DE

2.  Werner Becker, Schwalbach, DE

3. Stefan Magdic, Dornbirn, AT

4. Ingolf Augustin D

5. Markus Kunter D

6. Georg Dodier AT

7. Jean Quintus L

8. Mark Schlecht CH,

9. Christopher Lechner AT

10. Thomas Wimmer D



Stefan Magdic won the 3rd place in the category: nymph


1.  Christopher Lechner, Kufstein, AT

2.  Michel Paquin, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CDN

3. Andreas Franz, Bramsche, DE

4. Stefan Magdic AT

5. Thomas Wimmer AT

6. Wilfried Hann D

7. Andreas Mueller D



G. Feuerstein,EFFA President, the winner in the category Streamer Christian Lechner and Gilberto Alberti from Textreme

fly tying contest for fair visitors


There was also a visitors fly tying contest at the fair. Have a look at the results:

Fly Tying Contest for Visitors of Aqua Fisch