Fly Tying Contest Recognizes the Spirit of the Dungarvon Whooper

Salmon Fly in Blackville, New Brunswick

The Southwest Miramichi Council for Arts and Culture at Blackville, New Brunswick is proud to sponsor a fly tying contest for the development of a hair wing salmon fly in recognition of the Spirit of the “Dungarvon Whooper”.

The Fly Tying Contest is open to all fly tyers who inhabit the area along the Southwest Miramichi River and its tributaries between the Anderson Bridge at Miramichi City and Juniper, New Brunswick. All fly tyers within these boundaries are asked to submit their creation, to be named the “Dungarvon Whooper”, to the following address no later than June 15, 2007.

Curtis Miramichi River Outfitters
163 Main Street, Blackville, N.B. E9B1S3


  • There will be one winner only.
  • All entries, including the winning fly and all rights to it, will be the property of the Southwest Miramichi Council for Arts & Culture at Blackville, New Brunswick. The judge’s decision will be final.
  • Only one entry can be submitted by each contestant.
  • All submissions will be submitted in a secure package and clearly marked “DUNGARVON WHOOPER FLY TYING CONTEST”
  • Entries arriving later than the closing date will not be accepted.
  • The entry will include the contestant’s full name, age, address, and telephone number along with a written pattern for their entry. Contestants will explain how she/he came up with the design for the pattern.
  • Components for the fly cannot be from any animal or bird that is on the endangered species list (C.I.T.E.S.) Convention For International Trade of Endangered Species).
  • The fly must be a hair wing version.
  • The fly must be tied on a #2 regular salmon iron (Mustad 36890)
  • The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize of $100.00.
  • If contestants require further information they can call (506) 843-7757.

To assist in the development of this very special fly pattern contestants are encouraged to read the following poem “The Dungarvon Whooper” as a theme and to help inspire them with their creation. Click here to read.

The poem, “The Dungarvon Whooper” was written January 1912 by Michael Whalen (1858-1937) famous Poet of Renous River, New Brunswick. The poem was printed in the Newcastle newspaper, The Union Advocate, on April 3, 1912.

Originally posted on Giv’er on the River.

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