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Hertfordshire Branch 
Charity Fly Tying Evening and Auction 
8.00 p.m. 8th May 2017 at Lemsford Village Hall, nr. Welwyn Garden City.

The Hertfordshire Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild are hosting a Charity evening in aid of Cancer Research UK which will combine a unique tying demonstration by President Ian Ruff with an Auction in what promises to be an evening of surprises. 

As is only too common for so many, eight years ago Ian's wife Gwyneth was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Happily, after arduous treatment and therapy she was given the all clear but many more are not so lucky. 

Invaluable research continues to take place to find new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and help people like Gwyneth. A large portion of this research is funded by Charity Events such as ours. 

Our fundraising event will involve the tying of some unique fishing flies, using some unusual materials (such as electrical cable, acetate and solvents) in unique ways (such as one fly requiring the use of two vices). As well as this we will hold an auction throughout the evening of items donated to the Guild for this special event, including a day’s fishing on the River Loddon, various fly tying material, and a number of boxed sets of hand tied flies.  Click here for the latest version of the auction catalogue and here for a sample of one of the lots - a superb signed painting by Charles Jardine

The Herts Branch have very generously started the fund by donating £150 and on top of this will be donating all admittance fees (£3 peer head) and profits from the auction and raffle to boost the fund. We will be delighted to welcome all who are able to attend (whether a member of the FDG or not), but if that is not possible we invite your contribution to our fundraising efforts, with our grateful thanks.

We also really do need your help in making the event as successful as possible. Please spread the word to as many people as you can. All are welcome on the night and light refreshments will be provided.

Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer in some way and we are hoping, by hosting this event, to be able to make a difference to people in the future

If you would like to donate you may log on to our “Just Giving” page at

Hertfordshire Branch has published details and photos from their Tie Team event held on January 11 2016, where experienced tyers were each paired up with a comparatively inexperienced partner to produce five flies.  Well worth a read - click here

Hertfordshire Branch - Fly Tying Shows 2016

The Hertfordshire Branch demonstrated at a number of shows in 2016:

March 27/28th
Lee Valley Easter Country Fair,
Waltham Cross
Hertfordshire EN9 1AB

Bedfordshire Country Fair
Wrest Park
Bedfordshire MK45 4HR

August 13/14th
The Knebworth Country Fair
Knebworth House
Hertfordshire SG1 2AX

Surrey Branch Auction - October 2015

Auction of fly fishing and fly tying materials

  • Tuesday 12th of October 2015
  • Commencing  7.30pm with viewing from 6.30pm
Effingham Golf club, Guildford Road, Leatherhead, KT24 5PZ
Catalogues by email from

The London Branch - September 2015 Update

There will be a meeting of the London Branch of the Guild on Wednesday 16th  September 2015, at 7.00 p.m. at Chiswick Town Hall Committee Room, Heathfield Terrace, London W4. Please note that our meetings will start at 7.00 p.m. sharp as we have to clear the room by 9.30 p.m.

The meeting will be a fly dressing evening, with the focus on beginners and questions and answers on techniques as requested by members.  Please feel free to bring your vices along to take an active part if you wish. This will be an interesting and informative meeting and we are looking forward to a good turnout.  We welcome new non members, guests and friends.  Tickets are £2 per head at the door, juniors and pensioners £1.00.

Mike Humphreys is holding an Auction to include the effects of the late George Bartlett (well known to many members) and also fly dressing tools and quality materials of interest to all at the beginning of the winter season on Saturday 26th September 2015 commencing at noon, at All Saints Church Hall, Croxley Green.  For Catalogue click here.
Meetings have been arranged for Wednesdays 28th October, 25th November 2015, and Tuesdays 12th January and Tuesday 23rd February 2016 at the same venue.  Please note that it has not been possible to hold all our meetings on Thursday evenings due to other organisations having block bookings throughout the year.
Please support your committee by making every effort to attend.  It is also proposed to hold our Annual Auctions on Saturdays 27th February and 5th March 2016.  (Even the Church Hall is very fully booked.)
Please note the change of Mike Humphreys’ email address from to

The North Kent Branch returns to the Weald of Kent Craft Show  (May 2015)

Once again NKFDG has a stand at the Penshurst Craft Fair to be held at the historic setting of Penshurst Place over the Spring Bank Holiday 2 - 4 May. They will be demonstrating fly tying and selling flies with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. They could still do with some more members to help out on the Saturday and Sunday and although they are OK for the Monday, members are always welcome to come along and help out on any day even if only for a few hours or half a day. You can bring the family and it is  a good day out. If you are interested please contact Tom Lee at for more details

Hertfordshire Branch (April/May 2015)

At their recent AGM the Hertfordshire Branch presented members David Kato and David Barbanel, with awards in grateful recognition of their contribution to the success of the branch. The award consisted of a framed certificate, decorated with a selection of wet flies. The flies were tied by Chairman Ian Ruff and were mounted and framed by Derek Cross ( Secretary). At the same meeting it was confirmed that the branch would be demonstrating again this year at the Herfordshire County Show (23rd/24th May) and Knebworth House Country Fair (15th/16th August)


London Branch Auctions: 28th February and 7th March 2015

This was a fantastic opportunity to buy superb tackle, fly tying materials, clothing, miscellanea - even an outboard motor - at knock-down prices. 

Both sales commenced at 12 noon SHARP with viewing from 10.00 a.m. on the day.  They were held at All Saints Church Hall, Croxley Green, Herts.   Further information on how the sale went from M. W. Humphreys: e-mail


Neil Patterson's new book came out on 5th March 2015 - "Flyfisher’s Chronicle – In Search of Trout and Other Fishes and the Flies that Catch Them."  A review will be published soon on the FDG website 
The North Kent Branch at the Weald of Kent Craft Show  (May 2014)

You will be pleased to hear that the NKFDG raised £587.49 for Cancer Research UK at the Penshurst Show.
Many thanks to all those members who gave their time and attended the Show over the three days, not forgetting the ladies with their cards and the members who tied flies prior to the Show. It really was an excellent result as well as an enjoyable day for those at the Show.
Comparisons with last year's figure of £661.28 are deceptive as last year the total was boosted by a cheque for £150.00 that was really nothing to do with either us or the Show. What happened was that a lady came to the stand and said she had to pay the Charity for a speaker and insisted we take the cheque,when told that we would not be able to send the funds to the correct section she got stroppy, declined to write the details on the back of the cheque,tossed it on the table and flounced off in a huff. Well, takes all sorts. This was explained to the collector we deal with but they included it our takings and as far as we know the cheque never got to wherever.
The next Show is the Edenbridge and Oxted Show over the August Bank Holiday 24-25 August and after our success we need plenty of flies.

Kind Regards and Many Thanks.


Annual North West and Dee & Clywd inter-branch fishing competition - report from the North West Branch (May 2014)

Our annual competition against the Dee and Clwyd was held at Meadow Fishery. The North West won (again), with Les as top rod and Jack Wilson from Dee & Clywd had the biggest fish.

2013 Scottish Inter-Branch Competition
The Scottish branches fished the annual match at the Lake of Menteith in June of this year again.  Many congratulations to Ayrshire, who were again the winners! 

Jim Twaddle of Luggiebank had the heaviest fish on the day and Alec Bowler (Ayrshire) had the best bag.  Once again the match was fished in a very friendly manner with good banter all day.

Worcester Fly Dressers in Action at Hatton Park (Oct 2013)
5 people tied their first fly, with Brian Naylor, Pete Webb and Ken Nutting and 38 anglers went away with improved casting skills, thanks to John Symonds and Charles Deverill.


Wiltshire Chalk Streams Branch tie Taser flies!
Members of the Wiltshire Chalk Streams Branch tied the Taser Bug and Taser Nymph at their fly tying evening in June and raised £30 for Fishing for Heroes from the purchase of the wire - many thanks, on behalf of the charity.  
Then one of their members went out and proved they worked!  Anyone wanting to buy Taser wire or Taser flies can do so via - all proceeds go to Fishing for Heroes.  



North Kent Branch at the Penshurst Weald of Kent Craft Show
Over the first bank holiday in May this year, the North Kent Branch attended the Penshurst Weald of Kent Craft Show and sold flies and also tied flies to order for people attending the show. The Branch raised £661.28 for Cancer Research UK that weekend - an excellent amount and more than last year's £590.20. Many thanks to all those members who tied flies and manned the event, and also a special thanks to Tom Lee who year after year has arranged for the branch to attend the show and raise monies for charity.  

The Branch will be doing it all over again at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show on 25th & 26th August 2013 - please come and support them! Details on the event can be found on the Guild Events page.  

Wandle Piscators Fly Dressers' Guild - new branch in London
A new branch of the FDG has been created by the Fly Tying Section of the Wandle Piscators, a mixed-species, mixed-method fishing club based on South London's River Wandle.  Please join us in warmly welcoming their members to the Guild!  For more details on the Branch, please see our England Branches page.   

Devon & Cornwall Flydressers Guild - new branch in Devon 
Roadford Lake Country Park, Lower Goodacre, Broadwoodwidger, Devon PL16 0JL 
(between Okehampton & Launceston)
Cornwall & Devon Flydressers Guild are pleased to announce that their first meeting will take place at The Water Sports Centre at Roadford Lake Country Park on Tuesday 11th June - 7:00 pm for a 7:30 pm start.  Charles Jardine will be in attendance.  Thereafter, meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, with 2-3 meetings at Stithians Lake near Redruth in Cornwall. If you are interested, or for more details, please contact Wes Ower on  

Directions: from the A30, exit for Roadford Lake. The entrance to the sports and sailing club can be found on your right about a mile past the dam follow this lane and the meeting site will be next to the fishing permit office.

Herts Branch and The Royal Anglian Regiment
December 2012
The Hertfordshire Branch have recently got in touch with The Royal Anglian Regiment, their local regiment, to offer free membership of the branch to any of the troops who would like to come along during their down time, or whilst rehabilitating from injury or trauma.
The Branch felt it was a way of showing, in some small way, their gratitude and support for the sacrifices the Regiment makes on our behalf. At present, the regiment is serving on another tour of duty in Afghanistan; on their return, the Welfare Officer will advise them of the offer and put anyone interested in touch with the Branch Secretary. 
The Guild encourages other branches to follow suit.  If you need help securing a contact at your local regiment, please get in touch with Caroline Emmet on, who will put you in touch with someone who has offered to help.

Worcester Fly Dressers at the Malvern Autumn Show
September 2012
The Worcester Branch of The Fly Dressers' Guild organised the Fishing Discovery Zone at the Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground. 
The marquee and the area around it covered a range of activities including fly tying, pond dipping, coarse fishing and fly casting on the pond, as well as stands from the RSPB, The Lenches and Cob House fisheries, rod makers and fly tying material suppliers.  
Representatives of the Worcester Fly Dressers and the national Guild had their work cut out, attracting an audience of all ages. 

Herts Branch Open Evening
September 2012



The Hertfordshire Branchof The Fly Dressers' Guild held an open evening in September for members and guests, friends old and new and anybody who wanted to find out what the Herts Branch is about. The event included:

  • Fly Tying Demonstrations and Tuition
  • Advice of Fly Tying and Fly Fishing
  • Raffle
  • Refreshments!


Everyone was invited to come along, have a chat and see whether fly tying could become their new pastime, whether they fished or not. There was no obligation to join and beginners were made especially welcome.


As a result of this and other activities over the summer, the Herts Branch has signed up eight new members, with the promise of three or four more to come in October - many congratulations to the branch and a warm welcome to all new members!

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Northwest Branch at the Chesire Game & Angling Fair

August 2012



Several members of the Northwest Branch of The Fly Dressers' Guild took part in promoting the Northwest Branch and the Guild at the Chesire Game & Angling Fair in August. 


Despite a bad weather forecast, the sun kept shining and the show went well.  Plenty of visitors came through the tent area with our Northwest Guild members creating a lot of interest. Dave, Peter and Howard did a sterling job at the helm, not forgetting Dan, who kept the refreshments flowing well in his usual jovial manner.
There were also one or three Tackle Tarts helping out … that is when they had not gone missing, sniffing round the tackle tents. So good day had by all.









North Kent Branch at the Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show

August 2012



The North Kent Branch raised £250.37 at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show for the Leukaemia Research Fund over the August Bank Holiday. 


The Branch was a bit disappointed by the result in that it was way below last year's figure of £365.00, but perhaps the economic situation is having an effect.  Nevertheless, the show proved to be an enjoyable couple of days.






Northwest Branch at the Weslow Mere Charity Day

July 2012



Members of the Northwest Branch supported the Weslow Mere 30th Anniversary Charity Day and Fishing Competition, organised by Congleton & District Fly Fishers, with proceeds going to the Northwest Air Ambulance. 


The event counted with the presence of Dr Malcolm Greenhalgh (Author, Fly Tyer and Fly Fisherman) and included:

  • Charity Fishing Match
  • Fly Casting Demo/Tuition
  • Fly Casting Competition
  • Fly Tying/Fly Fishing Fair
  • Fly Tying Demo/Tuition
  • Barbeque/Refreshments all Day


The event raised a whopping £1,400 for the Northwest Air Ambulance. The members of the Branch who took part were: Dave Palmer (on Daddies), Graham Alexander (with Max at the front with his vice) and Chris Watson (with new Friend).


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Alan Middleton completes Hadrian's Wall fund raising walk
July 2012

Alan Middleton, former Chairman of the Guild, has recently completed the Hadrian's Wall Walk -
84 miles - in six days.  He was collecting funds for the Wild Trout Trust. 
Please click on the image to the right for a brief report on his "short excursion". 













2012 Scottish Inter-Branch Fly Fishing Competition
June 2012
The Ayrshire and Luggiebank branches of The Fly Dressers' Guild hold an annual fly fishing competition on the Lake of Menteith on Father's Day each year.
The teams had a great day this year and caught a load of fish.  Ayrshire Fly Dressers won the competition, with one of their members (Peter Edge) also winning heaviest fish and the heaviest bag).

North Kent Branch fund raiser for Cancer Research
May 2012

The North Kent Branch of The Fly Dressers' Guild raised £590.20 for Cancer Research UK from the tying and sale of flies at the Penshurst Craft Fair over the May Bank Holiday 5-7 May. 
The North Kent Branch have now been doing two shows a year for around twenty five years, during which time we have raised around £20,000 for Cancer Research UK and The Leukaemia Research Fund.
For anyone interested in organising a fly tying show for charity, please see Tom Lee's article on Organising Fly Shows in the "Other Articles" section of the Members' Area.  

John Watkins of the Thames Valley Branch
May 2012
John Watkins of the Thames Valley Branch "flying the FDG tie" whilst recruiting for the Foster Wheeler Angling Club during a recent Social Club recruitment drive.

The Thames Valley Branch at the Sportfish Reading Show
11th & 12th May 2012

Geoff Wilcox and John Watkins promoting the Thames Valley Branch and the Guild at the Sportfish Reading Show in May.
If Geoff's flies caught your attention, you can find the pattern for the three on the right in the Pattern Library in the Members' Area.

The Bristol Branch at the Westcountry Show
10th & 11th March 2012
Ken Harvey and Steve Moorhouse of the Bristol Branch of The Fly Dressers' Guild doing a grand job of engaging with the visitors at the Westcountry show on the Sunday. 
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