Megan Boyd and Kiss the Water

Megan Boyd was a legendary, Scottish tier of salmon flies.  As a boy, I saw a picture of her in an article about Scotland, and I have been somewhat fascinated with this amazing and eccentric woman ever since (when she was to be awarded the British Empire Medal by Queen Elizabeth II, she declined the invitation to Buckingham Palace, claiming there was no one to watch her dog).  Her life and the stories surrounding her are summed up well in her 2001 New York Times obituary.

Soon, a biographical film about Boyd will be released.  Judging by the trailer, it will be an interesting and even beautiful film about a unique woman.  The film, Kiss the Water, is made by American Eric Steel.  Steel, though not a fly fisher and having no ties to Scotland, was captivated by Boyd’s NYT obituary and, many years later, decided to make a documentary about her.  You can visit the film’s website to learn more about it and to see some of Boyd’s incredibly beautiful flies.

5 Responses to “Megan Boyd and Kiss the Water”

  1. rivertoprambles Says:

    You’ve got me interested in this tier. I’ll check the web site. Thanks.


  2. cofisher49 Says:

    Same here! The fly fishing community is full of amazing characters.


  3. Kenov Says:

    So true, Howard. I really do believe this is going to be a touching movie.


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    […] I noted that a film about the eccentric and revered Scottish salmon fly tier Megan Boyd, titled Kiss the Water: A Love […]


  5. Book Announcement: By a Thread: A Retrospective on Women and Fly Tying | The Literary Fly Fisher Says:

    […] in fly fishing and other field sports in subsequent centuries. For instance, I wrote earlier about Megan Boyd and Kiss the Water, a recent film that honored her place in history as a master salmon flytier. […]


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