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