Fly Dressers’ Guild chair­man Peter Gather­cole judges TroutFish­er­man’s fly-ty­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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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.

About Fly­mas­ters

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.”

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