I've tried this in the past and it has been fun for those who have participated, and fun for me to see the results, and hear the stories.
For right now, I'd like to get a feeling of interest in bringing this fly testing offer back. I have created a poll to gauge the interest. Be sure to check it out and cast your vote. Suggestions and ideas can be submitted by email or by comment to this blog.
Here's how it works:
I will make an offer (periodically) of a fly pattern that I want others to use. I will offer this to the first 4 to 6 people who respond to the offer. Those first responders will get 4 of the offered fly and they will fish with them and then send me an email of their experiences. In the past, I have done this free of any charge. I may consider a couple dollars from the participants to cover packaging and postage of the fly shipments.
Check out the poll and vote on whether this is something you would be interested in. Thanks!