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The Flyfishers’ Journal: Summer 2014

Flyfishers Journal Summer 2014

Out now… my first full issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal.

Jeremy Brook helped to update the grid, STR have done an outstanding job with design and print, and once again it’s been a serious source of pleasure to work with so many talented contributors including Fred Buller (Shannon salmon), Neil Patterson (mouse fishing in Patagonia), Greg Belcamino (American crayfish patterns), ‘Fennel’ Hudson (Cotswold fishing), Rich Baker (northern river fly box), Peter McLeod (educated trout tactics), Paul Knight (Itchen river restoration), Jim Bennett (Lord Grey of Falloden)… the list goes on and on.

In this memorial summer of 2014, it’s also felt very appropriate to launch a new literary award in honour of the great Peter Lapsley, my predecessor in the Editor’s chair. Here’s the announcement as it appears in the Journal:

To commemorate Peter’s many years of service as Editor of the Flyfishers’ Journal, and to continue to encourage the high literary values which he promoted so enthusiastically, the General Committee of the Flyfishers’ Club has agreed to launch an annual literary prize for the best original article in the Journal each year. 

Criteria for the new Peter Lapsley Award will include originality, quality of writing and literary merit, as well as expected interest to Members of the Flyfishers’ Club. 

Entry will be open to Members and non-members alike, and will be judged by a small committee convened for the purpose, including the President, the Editor of the Journal, the Librarian and the Secretary. Articles on all subjects related directly or indirectly to flyfishing are welcomed for publication in the Journal, but any which have previously been published elsewhere, either in print or online, will not be eligible to win the Peter Lapsley Award. 

The inaugural Peter Lapsley Award, for the best article published in the Flyfishers’ Journal in 2014, will be presented at the Club’s AGM in summer 2015. All entries should be sent to the Editor as usual: the winning writer will receive a bottle of champagne and the immortal esteem of his fellow Members, and the winning article will be preserved for posterity in a special binder in the Club.

Mid-September will be the deadline for the Winter issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal: please drop me a line if you’d like to find out more about entering this prestigious new award.