Fly masters

Peter Gather­cole judges your fur-strip wing pat­terns and sets a new ty­ing chal­lenge

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

THE sixth chal­lenge of Fly­mas­ters was to tie some­thing with a fur strip wing, Zonker or Minkie style, where the ma­te­rial is at­tached over the top of the body. We also men­tioned Mo­hi­can style where the fur is added in bunches but al­most all en­tries fell into the first two cat­e­gories. The idea was to cre­ate some­thing that was ac­tion packed with plenty of move­ment, hope­fully to tempt a big late-sea­son trout. As ever, our ty­ers rose to the chal­lenge pro­duc­ing a range of en­tries from sub­tle lit­tle fry pat­terns to great colour­ful things that would cer­tainly catch any trout’s at­ten­tion. It was a good strong en­try which meant that, yet again, some very good flies didn’t quite make the cut – though hope­fully this sim­ply means our ty­ers will try even harder in this month’s chal­lenge. So well done to all who en­tered.

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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