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