Fishing Flies Painting: Megan Boyd’s Beauty

Fishing flies painting: Megan Boyd's Beauty (watercolour 15 x 10 cm)
Megan Boyd’s Beauty (watercolour 15 x 10 cm)

The next episode in my research for the Fishing Flies Painting series involved a little discovery. In conversation with a friend who fishes, I learned about Megan Boyd – an eccentric Scottish woman who lived a austere life in the Highlands, and created the most complicated, wondrous fishing flies.

Her fishing flies are in museums and collections all over the world, and she famously turned down a request from the Prince’s aide who, on behalf of his royal employer, asked for a few little fishing fly gems in a hurry. She was going to a Scottish dance that night.

Megan Boyd never charged more than £1 for the flies she made, which now change hands for £1000 or more. She died in 2001 a the age of 86, leaving behind a legacy of delicate beauty.

Fishing Flies Painting Series so far:

– Purple and Black Beaded Woolly Bugger

– General MacArthur

This painting is part of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge and is for sale on Running With Brushes in aid of Care for Casualties.

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