Peter Gathercole judges your early-season Buzzer 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 Eleventh challenge comment
EVEN though the challenge this month was to produce a Buzzer for early-season fishing, surprisingly few entries were that big or heavy. We’d normally expect to see imitations large and heavy enough to sink down through the depths fast to reach deeplying trout. But the patterns received were extremely well tied, so much so that some pretty impressive entries didn’t quite make the cut, in other words into the top nine, which are showcased in the magazine. Part of the reason is simply that our Flymasters competition is becoming increasingly strong. It is also attracting a growing number of highly-skilled tyers. As far as I’m concerned this is a great place to be and it certainly keeps all our Flymasters competitors on their mettle. To those who didn’t make the top nine this month, please keep tying and entering the competition. You’ll get there in time, we’re sure about that.
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.