Fly­mas­ters

Peter Gather­cole judges your early-sea­son Buzzer pat­terns and sets a new chal­lenge

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

“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.

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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