Fly Dressers’ Guild chairman Peter Gathercole judges TroutFisherman’s fly-tying competition
Peter Gathercole judges your fry imitations and sets a new fly-tying challenge
Fifth challenge comment
DESIGNING a Floating Fry imitation was the challenge for those entering the 5th round of Flymasters. Encouragingly, it was that which elicited a bumper entry with all manner of interesting and varied techniques on show. There were so many good entries, in fact, that it was one of those situations when it was more a case of deciding which ones to exclude from our top nine. Deer hair and foam were materials that figured highly but there were also some interesting twists using silicone sealant, rabbit fur and mylar tubing. So congratulations to all of those who were brave enough to put their tying skills to the test - you did yourselves proud.
THE Flymasters fly-tying competition is judged each month by TF’s very own Peter Gathercole. 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.
“Each month a challenge will be set inviting you, the tyers, to put your creativity to the test...with Peter Gathercole as judge.”