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Peter Gathercole judges your synthetic lure patterns and sets a new challenge
“Each month a challenge will be set inviting you, the tyers, to put your creativity to the test... with Peter Gathercole as judge.”
Fly Dressers’ Guild chairman Peter Gathercole judges TroutFisherman’s fly-tying competition Tenth challenge comment
I’M not sure of the reason but after many years of Flymasters competitions there’s been a sudden increase in the number of new names taking part. I don’t know where they’ve all been hiding either for a high proportion of these tyers are very good indeed, as can be seen from this month’s top nine in the ‘Synthetic Lure’ challenge. And if this month’s batch of entries is anything to go by they’re certainly going to keep our previous winners on their toes. It’s heartening to see that the restriction of only using man-made products did nothing to limit the inventiveness of our entries – far from it, they were for the most part very interesting and a pleasure to judge. Interestingly for me, there were quite a few fry-style patterns along with variations on the Cat’s Whisker and the Tadpole. So, thanks to everyone for a strong and varied entry and I look forward to seeing the next batch of entries.
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.