Originally Posted by williamhj
I also like the idea of not dividing the skill levels, though leaving the door open for some to be limited to advanced tiers for traditional salmon flies etc. How it gets regulated might be tough, perhaps the people signing up just vouch for themselves?
Though it might be tough to regulate containers, it doesn't seem unrealistic to ask folks to purchase this type of box
. It's cheap, available from many different places, and are also useful. If flies are sent back in the same container then it can just be reused.
I like the firm deadline idea, removes questions and waiting, etc.
Firm deadline is important and I think was what became a problem in the end. And I'm not pointing fingers. Mark was very gracious, but 4 weeks is plenty of time ... if you sign up you want to tie flies and the timeline shouldn't be an issue.
I still think that the old rule of "your flies will be returned in the container they came in" is a good one...as long as the return mailing is equal to the outgoing shipping is included. The USPS is getting really strict about everything, if you haven't noticed. And on the flip side, I don't think that any sender should have to pay more than necessary to get their flies, i.e. the blanket $2 cost doesn't really apply to everyone.