The best ideas and pat­terns will make you a Fly­mas­ter

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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.

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