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This page is intended to include interesting articles on fly-tying and fly fishing-related articles.  Contributions from members are encouraged and most welcome - please forward them to Mike Doran at

 Rods and the Joy of Old Age! 

By Eddie Wilkinson
Living with Indicators 

Another method that has its uses and advantages … 

Where Angels Fear to Tread
Not for the purists perhaps, but very effective in certain kinds of water!
A Trip to Lake Vyrnwy 
Re-visiting a magical place.


Furled Tenkara Leaders 


How to make furled leaders for Tenkara fishing, by Jack Wilson from Dee & Clwyd - a follow-on article from his Furled Leaders for Pike article. 




Fact sheet on Lyme Disease, from Ireland's Health Protection Surveillance Centre.
  Watercress potato cake with poached egg and trout
"Heart-healthy" Trout and Dill Fishcakes - worth a try? 



Small Flies 


Eddie Wilkinson of the North West Branch on why small is often better. 






Are you a non-smoker?  Start now! 


How to build your own cold smoker and smoke your fish, by Trevor Coxon of the Surrey Flydressers Guild.






Furled Leaders for Pike Fly Fishing 


How to make furled leaders for fly fishing for pike, by Jack Wilson from Dee & Clwyd. 






Get Down, Deeper and Down 


A very interesting article on about weighting flies and getting them down to where the fish are, by Dr. Paul Davis of the Surrey Branch.




Thread Comparison


An extremely useful article on fly tying threads and comparison chart by Dr. Paul Davis from the Sussex and Surrey Branches.





Waving the Flag


A useful article from Ken Nutting of the Worcester Branch on organising fly fairs, which complements the others below. 





The rainy season of 2012 and the River Alyn (Wales)


Eddie Wilkinson from the North West Branch takes us through this year's unusual season on the River Alyn and the flies he used. 




Organising Fly Shows


Sage advice from Tom Lee of the North Kent Branch, based on the Branch's 20 years of
experience of running fly shows to raise funds for charity.





Small Lake Fishing (in a Tube)


Eddie Wilkinson from the North West Branch shares his insights into fishing from a float tube and the flies best suited for this water. 





Small Stream Fishing


Eddie Wilkinson from the North West Branch on fishing a North Welsh stream and his flies of choice. 






Flies for the River Alyn (Wales)


A selection of flies for the River Alyn, a tributary of the Welsh Dee, from Eddie Wilkinson of the North West Branch.




The Fly Tying Station


The trials and tribulations and things to look out for when setting up a fly tying station ... Courtesy of Eddie Wilkinson of the North West Branch.




A Better Idea for Fishing Line Recycling Bins 

Forwarded by Eddie Wilkinson from the Northwest Branch, an article from a website from our American cousins on how to discard fishing line without posing a threat to wildlife - how about trying to get the idea adopted at your local fishery?



A Guide to Tying Flies at Shows and Fairs


A great article by Chris Watson, Secretary of the Northwest Branch and an experienced "show tyer". You may have previously seen this article on our "Support for Shows" page.



Are You Legal?


An interesting article by Ian Fazakerly on the organisations and laws protecting our native wildlife and exotic imports, and how it affects us as fly tyers. Whilst it was written a few years ago now and has not been checked or updated for any changes in legislation, the key questions it raises are still equally if not more important today.


 Last modified on 16 March, 2017