Megan Boyd: The story of a salmon flydresser by Derek MillsMegan Boyd: The story of a salmon flydresser by Derek Mills

Megan Boyd: The story of a salmon flydresser

byDerek Mills, JImmy Younger

Hardcover | December 1, 2016

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Megan Boyd is considered to be one of the world's finest salmon fly tyers and she is the subject of the US film 'Kiss the Water'.She was born in 1915, and was bought up in the Highlands of Scotland where her father was a bailiff on the River Brora.She began taking flytying lessons at the age of twelve and soon gained a reputation for tying beautiful feather-wing flies which were extra-ordinarily durable and lasted many seasons.In 1935, at the age of twenty, Megan left home and moved into a small cottage near Brora where she lived without electricity or running water until the 1980s. Visiting anglers from all over the world who came to fish the Highland rivers for salmon would stop by her cottage to watch her tie flies and place orders.
Title:Megan Boyd: The story of a salmon flydresserFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:December 1, 2016Publisher:Merlin Unwin BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:191072324X

ISBN - 13:9781910723241

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Her workshop was a small wooden shed next to the cottage. On one side of her bench she had a series of shelves where her feathers were kept, many in paper bags to protect them from the light and moths. On the other side her orders from customers were stored.During daylight hours she worked with just the natural light whenever possible. The large window directly in front of her workbench was her lamp. She had a long view to the sea and the sands stretching along the coastShe was held in high esteem by another famous fly tyer, Dusty Miller, who visited regularly as did several of the other top fly tyers in the USA such as Joe Bates and Larry Borders. Great anglers like Neil Graesser, Jim Pilkington, the McCorqudales, Pryce Jenkins and Mrs. Jessie Tyser regarded Megan as the only source of salmon flies. Jessie Tyser was particularly helpful to Megan over the years and gave her her father's cottage at Kintradwell when Bill Boyd died. She had no electricity until 1985 in either her house or workshop and relied on bottle gas for both light and heat. At times Jimmy spent many hours trying to fix her water supply - a narrow pipe that fed water from a small burn at the top of the field behind the house that kept getting blocked by cattle knocking off the filter. Water for tea, cooking, etc. was collected in containers from one of her friends in Brora. He also spent time trying to paper rooms in a house that didn't have one remotely straight wall in the whole place but she had a neat little garden with plenty of flowers. When the Tysers sold part of the eastern portion of Gordonbush Estate to Margave Estate Ltd. in 1958 Mrs. Tyser notified Megan that her house had been retained in the possession of the Trustees of Gordonbush Estate and that Megan would continue to be a tenant of Gordonbush Estate as hitherto.She was a well-known and popular figure in the village and around the shops, unmistakable in her tweeds and, on dressed-up days, with her special fly-decorated tie. Gloria had been acquainted with Megan first as they both belonged to the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Megan also enjoyed her "whist drives" at the Fiddle and Accordion Club where teams of four would compete. These were popular in the rural areas of Scotland and usually were held to raise funds for local clubs, churches and various charitable bodies. Megan helped the old people and youngsters whenever she could.