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The Fly Dressers' Guild

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The Fly Dressers' Guild promotes and encourages the art of fly dressing or fly tying – that is, the tying of artificial flies for fly fishing. 


If you'd like to see how one of our members answered the question "What is fly tying?", click here.



The Guild is a not-for-profit organisation open to anyone interested in flies and fly tying, whether a knowledgeable veteran, a novice or somewhere in between, and new members are warmly welcomed. Please do explore our website to find out more about us and what we can offer you.


Our members’ interests cover the full range of flies and fishing styles, including:

  • traditional dries, wets and nymphs for trout;
  • hair winged and fully dressed classic salmon flies;
  • modern stillwater competition flies;
  • realistics and semi-realistics;
  • pike; and
  • saltwater flies.


Four enthusiastic fly dressers established the Guild in 1967, to share their expertise with a wider audience. Today, we have around 1,500 members across the UK and another 40 or so overseas, in Australia, Canada, Eire, Iceland, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and the US.


In addition, members of the Guild have created a network of almost 40 branches across the UK, which operate independently but are affiliated to the Guild. These branches offer a range of activities including fly tying classes, talks and fishing outings. We encourage all members to join their local branch and take part in the activities they arrange.


If you’d like to join the Guild or renew your membership, or want to see the membership benefits we offer, please go to our Joining or Renewing? pages.





The Peter Ross


If you're wondering about the fly above and in our logo, it's called the Peter Ross - a proven wet fly that works for all the salmonid species.

It incorporates many of the traditional fly dressing techniques. The tinsel body requires good preparation, a steady hand, the correct tension and a good sense of proportion. Similarly, the seal's fur used for the thorax has a reputation as being tricky to dub. The slip wing is made of teal, a notoriously difficult material to use.

The combination of these advanced techniques makes this a perfect fly to demonstrate the fly tyer's art. Deceptively simple but difficult to truly perfect.



Last modified on 03 September, 2017