The sure thing
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