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A warm welcome to The Fly Dressers' Guild's website. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced tyer, a user or a collector of flies, or just plain curious, please do explore this website to find out more about us and what we can offer you. 

About this website

Most of the pages on this site are open to all visitors, including those which explain:


Other content is only available to our members, such as:



To access our exclusive members' only content, please follow the log in instructions in our Members' Area page.



Remember also to visit The Fly Dressers' Guild Forum at: and follow us on our Facebook page and on Twitter (@FDG_Updates)



To see what's new on the website, please go to our "What's New?" page

Fly Tying Competition 2017
The page for this has now been revised and the links restored to the detailed dressings as published in the original editions of Flydresser.
Please do have a go and enter, even if you never have before.
Details of the competition, which has been specially designed to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Fly Dressers' Guild, can be seen here

London Branch will once again be holding their annual auctions on two successive Saturdays: 25th February and 4th March 2017.  More details and Sales catalogue here
The Spring Bank Competition returns once again to the acclaimed Elinor Trout Fishery in Northampton on Sunday 23rd April 2017.  Full details here

Hertfordshire Branch is hosting a Charity evening on 8th May 2017 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.  More details and "Just Giving" link here

41st John Watts Competition - 27th August 2016, Graffham Water.  Full results here

Membership Issues
Due to an error by the Guild's bank all members' annual Standing Orders were unexpectedly cancelled in June 2016.
This issue has now been resolved and you will find a new Standing Order form here.  
We ask you to complete it and send it to the Membership Secretary as soon as possible and we do apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.  A copy of the SO form will also be included with the Summer edition of Flydresser magazine.
An application form for new members may be found here.

Web site access
Due to an unprecedented number of new and existing members requesting passwords for access to the private membership pages we recently reached a limit on the number available.  We have now upgraded our password verification system and are catching up with the backlog, and ask you to bear with us if there is a bit of a delay setting up the password notified to you in your recent membership acknowledgement letter.
If you are still having problems after waiting a week or two then please contact Mike Doran at

The Guild's Hertfordshire Branch held their annual casting clinic at Lemsford on June 13th.  Read a report of the event here

Entries have been disappointingly low of late - please do share your successes with us!



Autumn 2016 Flydresser has been sent out and should be with you by now; let us know if your copy does not arrive.  As always, do send your feedback, letters or other contributions to the Editorial Committee at 


Notes regarding PDF documents on this website:

  • If you have problems opening the links to PDF documents on this website, please go to the Documents Library in the Members' Area and use the links there (available to FDG members only).

  • If you want to save a PDF document from this website onto your computer, you will need to open the document and then save the open document.


Last modified on 09 February, 2017