The best ideas and pat­terns will make you a Fly­mas­ter Fly Dressers’ Guild chair­man Peter Gather­cole judges Trout Fish­er­man’s fly-ty­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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Peter Gather­cole judges buoy­ant lures de­signed to be poppep up off a sin­ing line

Eighth chal­lenge com­ment

IT was good to see some new names com­ing through this month, though un­for­tu­nately none were quite good enough to make the top nine. I’d like to hope that this doesn’t put off any new­bies from en­ter­ing again and it does at least show the high stan­dard re­quired to make the fi­nal cut. The chal­lenge was to tie a buoy­ant lure for fish­ing on a sink­ing line. In­ter­est­ingly, rel­a­tively few of our ty­ers plumped for the ob­vi­ous Booby pro­file and not a sin­gle one for the FAB style of ty­ing, which I didn’t ex­pect. That said, there was plenty of foam and marabou on show, along with equal amounts of rab­bit strip and rub­ber legs. It was also good to see other ma­te­ri­als used to im­part buoy­ancy, in­clud­ing spun and clipped deer hair, which fig­ured in a num­ber of en­tries. As I’ve come to ex­pect, the stan­dard was very good, and in a few cases ex­cep­tional. So, well done to all.

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

How flies will be judged

Peter is look­ing for in­no­va­tion and 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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