I look forward to the giveaway each year. I was fortunate to win the Umpqua fly tying items (tools, hooks, beads, box), as I was in need of some tools (dubbing tweezers, dubbing loop spinner, better hair stackers, etc.).
My dubbing loop skills were poor, as I just wasn't good at them. But with proper tools, they're much easier! I'm focused on soft hackle dubbing loops for now.
They send "jig bombs" beads, which I'd never seen before. Ran across a picture of them used on a jig hook (which they also sent), so I decided to play tonight.
I suppose the fly fits into the jig streamer category. LOL I was using what I had sitting on the tying table... some marabou for the tail, peacock for the body, and dyed guinea hen barbs for the hackle.
Can't wait for this year's giveaway! Everyone should be building points to get their chances increased. :)