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Dressings Reference Library
 
 
 
The Dressings Reference Library
 
The Dressings Reference Library is the list of dressings that used to be available on the old Fly Dressers' Guild website.  It has been resurrected and enlarged by Bernard Sunderland of the Craven Branch, who converted it into a text file and wrote a software program that allowed users to search the database and extract the information for particular patterns - thank you hugely, Bernard. 
 
The aim of this Library is to establish a 'record of references' - a valuable resource for fly tiers researching original dressings and the development of patterns, styles and materials.  It provides a record of around 2,000 established, named patterns taken from reputable published sources, listing the basic materials and the source of the information which can be referred to by anyone who wishes to verify the detail.   
 
From time to time, we will also publish a PDF extract of the Dressings Reference Library based on a particular word search or theme – at present, you can find below an extract of all the dressings for flies which include with the word “Greenwell” in their name or in the materials used. 
 
 
 
Accessing the full Dressings Reference Library
 

Option 1:  Access the Dressings Reference Library using Bernard Sunderland's files and software, which he has kindly agreed to make available to FDG members.

Note:  Bernard has now prepared three versions of the software, for PCs using Windows or Linux operating systems and for Macs

 

Depending on the type of operating system you use, click on the appropriate image on the right, which will download a compressed folder onto your computer. 

 

This folder will be called "flypattsWIN", "flypattsLINUX" or "flypattsMAC", depending on the version you chose to download.  Open the and extract all the files. 

 

You should then have a normal folder on your computer called "flypatts". 

 

Open up that folder and extract all files.  Then look for the "Read me" file or - if you're impatient - the "Quick Start" file, and follow the instructions therein. 

   

 


 

 

 

 

Option 2: Access the Dressings Reference Library as a PDF file by clicking on the image on the right. The dressings have been ordered alphabetically and you can search the file using Adobe's search function. Before you head off to the print button, be warned the file is 290 pages long!).

 

If the PDF file above won't open on your computer, please go to the Documents page and access the link on there.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Option 3:  If you have Excel 2010 on your computer, we can email the Dressings Reference  Library to you in Excel.  The file includes a few simple macros to facilitate searching through patterns, which is why it's best to email the file to you rather than make it available for downloading from the website.  

 

If you would like the
Excel 2010 file,
please contact
Caroline Emmet on member4@flydressersguild.org

 
 
Extracts
As explained above, from time to time, we will also publish a PDF extract of the Dressings Reference Library based on a particular word search or theme – the current extract includes all the dressings for flies which have the words “Bronze Mallard” (NEW! August) in their name or in the materials used.
 
If the PDF file above won't open on your computer, please go to the Documents page and access the link on there.
 
 
Note: If you would like to see the results of other word searches, please contact Bernard Sunderland on bernardsunderland@gmail.com, who would be happy to run them for you and email you the results or post them on this page. 
 
 

   

 

 

 

 

 

Please note:
 

The Dressings Reference Library is being curated by Bernard Sunderland, who is keen to keep growing the Library with the help of other members. Please do get in touch with Bernard (bernardsunderland@gmail.com) if you can help with this project by suggesting other established patterns from similarly reputable sources that should be added to the database.

 

Bernard Sunderland would very much appreciate users' feedback on the Dressings Library - please contact him on bernardsunderland@gmail.com. Bernard is also be willing to provide assistance by email if you have queries about use of his software.

 

To all technically minded members of the Guild: if you have any suggestions on how to improve access to the Dressings Reference Library, we would love to hear from you! However, please note that the overriding principle must be to preserve the data in a format which will remain accessible reardless of future software developments, hence it has been set up in an ANSI file.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 Last modified on 02 August, 2013