John Watts Competition 2020 results

Thank you to Draycote and all members of the FDG who took part in our annual boat fishing competition for the 45th John Watts Trophy - a great day was had by all, despite some challenging conditions and the additional challenges of social distancing. The results are...

John Hardley Memorial competition, Wessex Branch by Rob Horgan

The third John Hardeley* Memorial competition was contested by eight members of the FDG’s Wessex branch, as ever held at Woodington Trout Fishery in the Test valley.  It was cold, but no ice-breaking this year. The motley crew assembled, buoyed up by the crackling...

What is Fly Tying

This question, posed by the Editor may provoke many emotions among the fly tying fraternity. At the outset it must be stated that the views in this article are my views and my views alone. Subsequent discussion may or may not provide the answer to the question, they...

Mopping up by following fashion

An article from the dark side by "Name withheld at request of the embarrassed" The Mop fly has been around for a while but last year sparked controversy as it cleaned up (sorry) in river competitions in the US. This led to vociferous debate and a certain amount of...

Living With Indicators

Now, most fly fishers will at least be aware of this method of fishing, but agreeing with it may be a different matter. On a personal note, on stillwaters I have very little use for indicators, but if it is within fishery rules and conditions are right, I have no...