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Tying 3 Welcome to the Worcester Fly Dressers website. Here you will find a variety of information about our club including fly tying events, fishing trips and general activities. As you can see we confine our main fly dressing activity to the winter months at Perdiswell Young Peoples Leisure Club and in so doing aim to provide a varied programme of instruction which should meet the needs of all fly dressers. Whether you are looking for fly tying with a social feel, or wish to participate in the Fly Dressers Guild Accreditation scheme, we can assist you in obtaining an award to recognise your level of expertise.

Our branch, which is part of the Fly Dressers Guild, has been in existence for over 15 years and our members are drawn from a wide area. We are situated only 5 minutes from Junction 6 of the M5 motorway, on the north side of the City, just off the A38. We pride ourselves on being an extremely friendly and sociable gathering and can promise you a warm welcome. Novice fly tyers looking to participate in the art of fly tying are promised excellent support and encouragement – no previous experience is necessary.

We would invite anyone interested to either call at the Perdiswell Young Peoples Leisure Club on meeting nights to view our events (please check the programme for dates and activities) or contact one of our officers for further details.

Below is the latest news blog on what's happening in Club, if you have any news that you would like published, please email it to the Club Secretary


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Annual Fly Tying Competition Demonstration by Roy McAdam

Last night we were treated to a demonstration of the competition flies that are to be tied  for the Annual Fly Tying Competition on 20th February 2018.

Below is a photograph of the completed flies.

Winter Program 2017/18

The following programme of events for Worcester Fly Dressers has been put together for the 2017/8 year although may be subject to some subtle changes

Many thanks to Matt Whalley for pulling this program together

Dates Event Description
12 September 2017  Welcome Evening & Social Tying
19 September 2017  Accreditation or Social Tying
 26 September 2017  Guest Speaker – Rob Smith  North Country Flies
3 October 2017  Social Tying
10 October 2017  Home Demonstration  Mark Siviter
 17 October 2017  Accreditation or Social Tying
24 October 2017  Guest Speaker – Karl Humphries
31 October 2017  Social Tying
 7 November 2017  Home Demonstration  Roy McAdam
14 November 2017  Accreditation
21 November 2017  Guest Speaker – Dominic Garnett  Flies for Freshwater Coarse Fish
 28 November 2017  Social Tying
5 December 2017  Home Demonstration  Charles Deverill
12 December 2017  Accreditation or Social Tying
 19 December 2017  Christmas Social  Nibbles & Quiz
2 January 2018  Social Tying
9 January 2018  Social Tying
 16 January 2018  Accreditation or Social Tying
23 January 2018  Guest Speaker – Stephen Skuce
30 January 2018  Annual Competition Demonstration Last years winner will demonstrate the flies for the Open & Novice class entries
 6 February 2018  Guest Speaker – Paul Richardson  Fly Tying & Industry Innovations
13 February 2018  Accreditation or Social Tying
20 February 2018  Annual Fly Tying Competition Materials provided by club for entrants to tie 2-3 flies on the night for submission to the competition. No flies are allowed to be presented for entry that have not been tied on the night.
 27 February 2018  Annual General Meeting
6 March 2018  Annual Auction
13 March 2018  End of Year Social  Nibbles & Quiz

 

Andrew Ayres fishing trip to the Highlands

Highland Fishing Trip 2017

 

This year’s trip was again split into two: the first at the 39,000 acre Altnaharra Estate in Sutherland; the second Whitebridge Hotel and Lochs in Inverness-shire. Both hotels were old hunting lodges from years gone by.

Having completed 11 hours of a 12 hour journey, I turned off the Lairg road on to the 21miles of single track road across open wind swept moors, and it reminded me of a Mel Gibson film from the Mad Max Series. Where once stood beautiful tall green pine trees as far as the eye could see, now the land has been savaged/raped of those wonderful trees; and only the odd tree stands.  It is a land of turned up earth, tree stumps, roots upturned and just left a mess.   They cannot replant for 3 years due to the Canadian Beetle that caused the disease and it has to be left fallow for this length of time.  We drove through the mist, the rain was endless and the car was being buffeted by the wind.  As we rose over one of the many crests, in the road there was a stag standing motionless in front of us.  We stopped the engine and switched lights off for a moment.   It was a standoff.  Nowhere else would you get this sight in the UK; and then it had gone.  Lost in the mist to wander his moor.

There was so much water everywhere. Down every hill and gully crack, water cascades.  The streams were raging foaming rivers where once water gently trickled over the stones; now there are thundering waterfalls.  All the land looked so rich and green, unlike the normal barren colour you see in June.

As we arrived at the Hotel we were greeted with a welcome, ‘we are just about to light a coal/log fire in your bedroom’. I did say we were back in Victorian times!

My next job was to find Walter the Gillie and enquire the fishing situation. The salmon guys were not very happy since the water was too high to fish.  It may be 2 or3 days if the rain stops. Since I shall be on the Lochs I am OK

Day 1 Fishing

 

Loch Meadie

I am fishing Loch Meadie this year from a boat. Last year was from the bank.  My choice is a 10ft rod, 4lb nylon, 3 flies using the Scottish dropper style, Stoats Tail, Blue-Zulu and Kate McLaren.  I changed flies during the day to Alexandra, Loch Ordie and Red-Zulu.   On average the fish caught were small 8 to 10oz and caught on all flies where ever positioned.  The trout colours and markings were brilliant.  Loch Meadie is one of the late Bruce Sanderson favourite fishing Lochs.  It’s 4 miles long and ½ mile wide.  As you arrive it looks a modest Loch, but once you get out of the mooring loch through the channel you see the extent of it.  It’s a shallow loch with many bays, little Islands, fishing peninsulas and fishy shallow corners. I caught 15 and returned them all.  It was wet and windy all day.

Day 2 Fishing

 

Loch Naver

I was fishing the main hotel’s Loch Naver, 7miles long and ¾ mile wide, and very deep in the middle. I fished it for 5 hours. Very wet and windy again!  On one occasion during a heavy storm when the boat was heading into the waves, I had to stop fishing and bail out! Scary! I used a 10ft rod, 8lb nylon, 3 flies: Invicita, Black Pennel and Clan Chief.  Followed with Loch Ordie, Alexandra and Butcher.  I tried dapping with a 18ft rod and spinning as the only method to use when it’s too rough for the flies. I caught fish all day on all flies and all methods.  I also caught my first Sea Trout, too small at 14oz, so it was returned.  The colours and markings were fantastic.

Another highlight of the day was during one of the many storms when Walter got my attention; 40ft away on our right were 2 Black Throated Divers watching us and not bothered by the engine on tick over.   And above circling were 2 Osprey’s – a truly wonderful sight.   We lost 8 fish mainly due to being too slow to retrieve, and landed 21 fish.  Only those over 1lb weight were taken to the hotel to cook.  It’s interesting that the colours and marking of these Trout do differ a lot.

 

Two Good Fish

Walter explained the colour difference between the moor lochs and the deep glen lochs – Meadie and Naver. It was because of the depth and bed surface.   The light brightly spotted markings were always from the shallow gravel lochs.

Now back to base, all the Kit in the drying room, then for a Guinness, hot bath and dinner.

 

The next Location is the Whitebridge Lochs situated approx. 3 miles off the East side of Loch Ness. My base is The Whitebridge Hotel, built in 1890 as a shooting Lodge for the local estates.  Now under new owners of less than a year; so its early days!  At least they still have the trout in glass cases, flies, and catch records.

There are several lochs in the area – Loch Knockie, Killin, and Ruthven. If you plan visiting, the Lesley Crawford book – Scotlands Classic Trout Waters is worth reading.  Inverness-shire is a completely different land; rich green pasture in the valleys, Red Deer everywhere on the high ground, and they have only just started removing the trees.

 

Day 3 Fishing

 

I fished Loch Killin.   A grim and deep forbidding Loch, with no boats, no wading as the sides are sheer since it is trapped deep in a valley.  I tried many selected flys’ but could not raise a single fish.  However, in the past good catches have been recorded, and a few char in the very deep section. The only boats allowed on this Loch are from the two estates which are at each end of the Loch. I lost my complete leader and fly’s in the afternoon so this was time to pack up and head back.   As I climbed up the valley road, Ravens circled me and Red deer watched on.

Day 4 Fishing

I fished Loch Knockie for half a day with Alex the Gillie. Again, no bank fishing due to the undergrowth down to the Loch edge, overhanging trees and branches.  Reeds and Lilly bed also prevented wading.  The Loch is only 30ft deep with a very rich insect life. Fishing from a boat is very good, with many nooks and bays, channels, islands, and shallows.  I fished a 10ft rod, 4lb line on 3 flies down size to 16 and 18, Dunkfield, March Brown and a Grouse and Claret; changing them many times to Spiders, Greenwells etc. I caught and landed on all flies although better on size 16.   From the East bay’s side, fish were rising when the wind dropped and the fish were taking insects off the trees as they fell into water. With an accurate cast and a quick retrieve they were hooked. 18 Trout were landed (lost 4) with only 2 over 1lb kept; the rest were returned.

This was a dryer day although the most testing. But also the most challenging and rewarding of them all with ever changing conditions.  All told, a very pleasant day.

Over dinner that evening I told Elaine to mark the calendar so as to book again in February 2018 since Altnaharra is closed for the Winter.   I may try the Whitebridge Lochs again as there are at least 3 left to try!

On the whole a very good trip, with good Gillies, good hotels, good food, wine and company, despite very challenging weather – gales and rain, while the South were basking in a heat wave!

Caught and Landed 54; lost 12.

Lesson learnt – never fish the wild highland hill Lochs without a Gillie!

Total miles 1650

 

Andrew Ayres

FDG, WFD, CFD and Grayling Society member.

 

Sad news concerning death of members

It is with great sadness that I report the tragic loss of a current member and a former member. Namely Ron Lees and Caroline Clist.

It is only a few weeks ago that Caroline passed following a lengthy period of heart problems. In fact her funeral service was only last Monday.She was one of the early members of the branch and served as an officer whilst being a loyal member for a number of years. A real character if ever there was one and a lady who lived for her fishing which took her and her husband Julian to far flung parts of the world chasing trout and salmon. She was an accomplished angler and fly tyer and great fun to be with. In later years she became a skilled worker in stained glass and hosted exhibitions of her work.

Last weekend we lost a true gentleman when Ron Lees collapsed and died suddenly at his home in Tewkesbury. Ron had been a member for several years and was a quiet unassuming man who greatly enjoyed the camaraderie amongst the members. Not prone to blowing his own trumpet I only learned from him a few months ago when I visited him after a spell in hospital what some of his achievements were in the world of fishing. Ron had recently come to fly fishing and was a diligent student of fly tying and whilst it did not come easy to him his determination to succeed was evident. The picture below shows him receiving his Silver accreditation award only last year. He was very proud of that achievement and I was very proud to have helped him achieve it.

Looking back, it is clear that Ron was an extremely successful match angler particularly during the 1990’s when he was a part of the very famous Cofton Hackett match squad. In those days matches regularly attracted 150 anglers or more and Ron won a number of these events specialising in the use of Luncheon meat as bait. So much so that he was affectionately known as ‘ Mr Meat’. Ron was a very forward thinking angler and was extremely effective on the River Severn. He also represented local clubs in  National fishing events.

Ron wrote articles for the Coarse fishing magazine and went on to publish two books which are still available today.The first ‘ Perfect your Legering’ was published in 1992 and the second ‘ An Anglers life for me’ in 1994. Ron also had his own tackle shop in Bromsgrove for a time.

Thanks to Ken Giles who fished with Ron is his heyday for providing background information on his life.

We will miss them both certainly. RIP Caroline and Ron.

Members trip to Ravensthorpe

The below report comes from Andrew Worthington who recently fished with Chris Hollick. Click on the link to view the text please. Also below are some pictures from the trip. Thanks for this Andrew. Good to receive a report from a member!

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