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The Fly Dressers' Guild Questionnaire
In response to feedback from members who attended the November 2011 AGM, the Executive Committee circulated a short survey with the Spring Edition of Flydresser, to give all members the opportunity to make their view known. 
309 members out of 1,550 answered the questionnaire included in the Spring edition of Flydresser – almost 20% of our membership.   Thank you to all of you who took the time to respond and in many cases, provide detailed feedback.  The results are set out below. 



  • The answers to the first three questions clearly indicate an overwhelming preference for the magazine to continue broadly as is.
  • Though we have taken note of the qualitative feedback and suggestions on how to improve the magazine.
  • We also note that almost ¼ of our members would be happy to receive the magazine electronically (in some cases as well as in hard copy).





  • Almost 60% of Guild members are also members of a branch.  However, for many members, their nearest branch is too far away.



  • Almost 60% of members were keen on more inter-branch activities – most just selected from the options shown on the questionnaire but 5% put forward some interesting suggestions (see below).

Suggestions for Other Activities:

  • Annual fly tying symposium; road show; specialist exhibitions; weekend forums for fishing and fly tying
  • Novice classes; fly dressing competitions
  • Joint events to share costs of, e.g. guest speakers of note; speaker swaps across branches
  • Widen range of subjects, e.g. entomology
  • Facilitate "drop ins" at branch meetings – e.g. members travelling
  • Social fishing days; hosted fishing trips for members from other regions
  • Online forum on FDG website




  • Over 60% of members want regional networks to encourage inter-branch activity – but we note comments in responses to Q4 about ability/ willingness to travel long distances.



  • Members who already play an active part in shows see less of a requirement for support from the Guild. Some members willing to help at shows preferred not to demonstrate or teach fly tying.


  • Comments were also made about needing to ensure the quality of demonstrators at shows.  Many members stated they were unaware of any local shows.







Last modified on 13 April, 2013