The sure thing

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

I thought you would be in­ter­ested in a pho­to­graph (above) of the orig­i­nal Jock Scott with a note writ­ten by Colonel JMK Young, son of Cap­tain JGK Young to whom it was given by Cap­tain Ersk­ine in 1888. This fea­tured in a T&S ar­ti­cle in May 1998. Robert Honey­man was gillie when the Jock Scott was suc­cess­fully first fished on Be­mer­syde by John For­rest and as we know the fly was then named af­ter John Scott, its in­ven­tor [as de­scribed by Craw­ford Lit­tle in “Fly-fish­ing Lu­mi­nar­ies”, T&S Au­tumn – Ed.]. The bot­tom beat at Be­mer­syde is to this day called Jock Sure: ie, you are sure to catch a salmon if fish­ing a Jock Scott. I wish it were that easy, es­pe­cially this year. The Jock Scott fly in the pic­ture (top right) was tied by Paxi Saun­ders, who died in 1999. He was the last real fly-tyer for Hardy’s of Al­nwick and tied a set of ten salmon flies as a 90th birth­day present for the late Queen Mother. His com­mence­ment of em­ploy­ment pa­pers as a boy, aged 14, can be seen in the Hardy Mu­seum at Al­nwick.

Stephen M. Field­ing, Ed­in­burgh

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