The Peter Lapsley Award

As Members will have read in the Winter 2013 issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal, we were all deeply saddened by the sudden passing of the Journal’s former Editor (and elder statesman of the Club), Peter Lapsley, in August last year.

To commemorate Peter’s many years of service as Editor, and to continue to encourage the high literary values which he promoted so enthusiastically through the Flyfishers’ Journal, the General Committee has unanimously agreed to launch an annual literary prize for the best original article to appear 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 of the Club 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 printed form 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 AGM in summer 2015. The winning author will receive a bottle of champagne and the immortal esteem of Club Members, and the winning article will be preserved for posterity in a special binder in the Club.

All entries and other contributions to the Journal should be sent to the current Editor, who confidently looks forward to being inundated by a tidal wave of exceptional flyfishing literature…

Theo Pike


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  1. I am delighted to learn of this award in memory of Peter. I first met Peter several years ago on the bank of the Test at the Summer Party (when it used to be on a Saturday evening). I had a long-standing fishing friend, Geoff. and his wife, Joan as guests with my wife. Peter, as all who knew him was a master of conversation, especially on fly-fishing and fish. Geoff and I have enjoyedmany years on the River Dove, above and below Ashbourne in Derbyshire and more recently the Derbyshire Wye just below Bakewell. We three had so much to exchange, a happy memory!

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