Fly­mas­ters

Peter Gather­cole judges your sedge pupa im­i­ta­tions and sets a new ty­ing chal­lenge

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Fly Dressers’ Guild chair­man Peter Gather­cole judges TroutFish­er­man’s fly-ty­ing com­pe­ti­tion First chal­lenge com­ment

WE’VE had a whole year of chal­lenges so we’re start­ing at one again. If the next 12 months are any­thing like the last then I’ll be well pleased. I’m not sure whether so few fly­fish­ers use sedge pupa im­i­ta­tions these days or that the chal­lenge looked a bit tricky but en­tries for this month were a lit­tle down on pre­vi­ous ones. Thank­fully, for me at least, the stan­dard was still as high as ever mak­ing judg­ing an en­joy­able task.

Our Fly­mas­ters’ ty­ers were as in­ven­tive as ever both in their pat­terns and the names they gave them. Some were very life­like pat­terns while oth­ers were more im­pres­sion­is­tic. Those who took the trueto-life route in their en­tries showed great at­ten­tion to de­tail, none more so than this month’s win­ner Michael Beaty with his Horn Green Pupa. So well done both to Michael and to all who took part, you did a great job, and I look for­ward to the de­lights in store from the next month’s en­try.

About Fly­mas­ters

TROUT Fish­er­man has now teamed up with Ian’s Flies for the Fly­mas­ters fly-ty­ing com­pe­ti­tion, with Peter Gather­cole as judge. Each month a chal­lenge will be set invit­ing you, the ty­ers, to put your cre­ativ­ity to the test. Your pat­tern should then be posted to us at the Trout Fish­er­man of­fices and will be passed onto Peter.

Now the Chair­man of the Fly Dressers’ Guild, au­thor of the best-sell­ers ‘ Fly Ty­ing For Be­gin­ners’ and the ‘ Fly Ty­ing Bi­ble’ and all-round game fish­ing per­son­al­ity Peter is well placed to be judge. It’s up to you to im­press him!

How flies will be judged

Peter is look­ing for in­no­va­tion, a high stan­dard of ty­ing and cre­ativ­ity but this has to be tem­pered with the pat­tern’s prow­ess as a fish-catcher – af­ter all, that’s what it’s even­tu­ally de­signed to do.

All sub­mit­ted flies should be squashed barb or tied on bar­b­less hooks.

“Each month a chal­lenge will be set invit­ing you, the ty­ers, to put your cre­ativ­ity to the test... with Peter Gather­cole as judge.”

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