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Megan Boyd

The story of a Salmon Flydresser

Megan Boyd is considered to have been one of the world's finest salmon flytyers and she is the subject of the film 'Kiss the Water'.

She was born in 1915, and was brought 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.

Author: Derek Mills & Jimmy Younger
ISBN: 978 1 910723 24 1
Published: September 2016
Format: 216 x 138 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 128
34 colour photographs
14 black & white photographs
Price: £20.00

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Megan Boyd by Derek Mills & Jimmy Younger

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