The best ideas and patterns will make you a Flymaster
“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 Eighth challenge comment
WHEN devising a pattern that incorporates traits of both a wet fly and a lure, there are various ways of approaching the challenge. The most obvious one is deciding which traits of either fly type should be emphasised. Again our Flymasters tyers met the challenge, and it was a good entry with plenty of interesting ideas on show including all manner of material and colour combinations. I have to admit that when we came up with this particular challenge I had stillwater patterns in mind. So it came as a bit of a surprise that a few of our entries were based on pattern types such as the Spider. True, Spiders are used on lakes but they are most often thought of as river patterns. What was particularly encouraging was that a few of these Spider Lure combinations were very good indeed.
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.