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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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Ron Lees silver and Pete Webb ‘winging it’.

Last night we were entertained to some home spun talent in the form of Pete Webb who gave us a demonstration on how to make the process of putting wings on flies much simpler with his off the hook method.  Pete was able to show us how to prepare the raw feather into a pair of married quills and then how to select and marry up the slips before tying them in. It is a very effective  method for those who struggle with the pinch and loop.

Prior to the demonstration, Pete was called into action to present Ron Lees with his hard earned Silver level Accreditation Certificate for which we must congratulate him. Ron is now moving on to his gold award under the watchful eye of Paul Aston.

Below we see Ron receiving his certificate and below that Pete Webb in full flow delivering his presentation. Pete kindly provided handouts for the members also. Well done Pete.

 

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Guest fly tyer Stuart Foxall ‘Intrudes’ on our evening

As stated in the previous post, Stuart was our guest last evening. He is a very experienced fly tyer and a member of the Partridge pro team and the Loop tackle team also as well as being a widely travelled fisherman. So when he recommends a style of salmon fly then we should all sit up and listen!

He did that in no uncertain terms whilst demonstrating and talking about the effectiveness of the Intruder style of fly with plenty of tips on how and where to fish it for salmon and steelhead. The demonstration was excellent with lots of tying tips on offer plus quite a few new materials on show.

Below you see a small selection of flies he had brought with him to illustrate various patterns. Also 2 of the patterns he tied plus his own creation the ‘Prawntruder’ which is a copy of the General practitioner salmon fly tied Intruder style. We were all suitably impressed with the professional way Stuart conducted the evening and I feel sure that we learned plenty. I for one will be giving some of these patterns a swim next March for those early salmon. Many thanks Stuart.

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Presentation of Annual Fishing trophy

Last evening we hosted Stuart Foxall as our guest fly tyer and utilised him as the presenter of the Annual Fishing trophy to the worthy winner Andrew Worthington.

For those who did not attend the event at Eyebrook reservoir (and there were many) we endured a really tough day with cold northerly winds and very uncooperative fish. Finding the right method was tricky and a number of anglers failed to trouble the scalesman unfortunately. Andrew had three fish with Roy McAdam and yours truly on two. Nevertheless it was a fun day out with a good breakfast to start and a Beefeater meal on the way home.

On a serious note, it was disappointing that so many members chose not to attend as at the last AGM it was the wish of the members to hold the weekend away and Colin Taylor trophy as separate events. Having taken that on board and arranged it all, the support was not good.

Below we see Andrew receiving the Colin Taylor trophy from Stuart Foxall.

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Winter Programme 2016/7

The following programme of events for Worcester Fly Dressers has been put together for the 2016/7 year although may be subject to some subtle changes

Please note the inclusion of Committee Meeting dates for information

Dates Event Description
06 September 2016 Opening Night – Free Tying – Subs Payment
13 September 2016 Free Tying Night
20 September 2016 Home Demonstration by Ken Nutting Worm Fly & Marabou Dubbing
27 September 2016 Accreditation & Free Tying
04 October 2016 Guest Speaker – Paul Slaney  Hairy Flies
10 October 2016 Committee Meeting Claines Royal British Legion
11 October 2016 Free Tying Night
18 October 2016 Accreditation & Free Tying
25 October 2016 Free Tying Night
01 November 2016 Guest Speaker – Stuart Foxall  Intruder Flies
08 November 2016 Free Tying Night
15 November 2016 Home Demonstration by Pete Webb  Off Hook Winging
22 November 2016 Accreditation & Free Tying
29 November 2016 Free Tying Night
06 December 2016 Guest Speaker – Karl Humphries Reservoir & Stillwater Flies
12 December 2016 Committee Meeting Claines Royal British Legion
13 December 2016 Free Tying Night
20 December 2016 Christmas Nibbles & Quiz
10 January 2017 Home Demonstration by Paul Aston Tying the Paraloop
16 January 2017 Committee Meeting Claines Royal British Legion
17 January 2017 Accreditation & Free Tying
24 January 2017 Competition Demonstration & Free Tying
31 January 2017 Guest Speaker – Frank Moors Tube Flies for Salmon
07 February 2017 Free Tying Night
14 February 2017 Accreditation & Free Tying
21 February 2017 Competition Night & Free Tying
28 February 2017 Guest Speaker – to be confirmed
06 March 2017 Committee Meeting Claines Royal British Legion
07 March 2017 Free Tying Night
14 March 2017 AGM & Auction Night
21 March 2017 End of Season Nibbles & Presentations

Seven Days Fishing in the Scottish Highlands 8th – 19th June 2016

This year’s fishing trip was split into two locations: the first on the Highlands Estate of Altnaharra 39,000 acres in Sutherland; and the second at Loch Maree in Wester Ross.

The Highlands of Scotland are home to some of the most beautiful, rugged, wild, endless deep glens, and unspoilt country in Britain. My wife and I stayed at Altnaharra Hotel; it has a recorded winter temperature of -26 degrees and is stated to be the most remote hotel in the UK. The signal track road leading to the hotel is 21 miles long with passing places only, and grass growing in the middle of the track.

It’s an old fishing Inn dating back to the vintage years when Salmon were plentifully, and the waiting list at the Inn was two years for a room in the season! As you step in to the hotel you are transformed to a time of our grandfather’s era: with glass cases of sea trout, salmon, Woodcock, Snipe; with display boxes of vintage reels, rods, and every type of fly, even Megan Boyd fly’s. In the reading room there are leather bound catch records going back to 1945 and every type of Salmon fishing books’. Most of the books are signed by the author: from Leslie Crawford to Jeremy Paxton. The hotel service, food, and rooms were fantastic.

The Gillie (who I did not use) invited me into his ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ fishing shed. He was most generous with his knowledge and only wanted a chat and a pint in the bar!

The Hotel has fishing rights on the river Mudal and Loch Naver, but you are required to have a Gillie. However, there are also 3 other Lochs with a boat: on Stanga; Plantation; and Meadie. All within a distance of 5 miles where you can fish free.   The single track roads can take ages to do the 5 mile journey, if (like us) you are constantly bewitched to keep stopping to watch the deer drinking in the river or the Snipe and Buzzards standing on one leg on the fence posts, and generally watching the world pass by.

I fished all 3 Lochs and the river Mudal, and caught WBT from all locations, approx. 6 to 8 inch in length, using fly’s red and blue Zulu, Alexandra, Chilton Clan and others, with a 10ft rod, 7/8 weight, 9ft leader of 6 lb, and with an 8 inch dropper.

During our stay the rivers were very short of water. It was only in the pools where the fish were lying low. The Lochs were also in need of topping up!

On loch Naver, a 9lb Salmon was taken with spinning from the boat. Visitors also use a fair selection of Tube flies on size 8 &10.

Our second stop was for 3 days on Loch Maree in Wester Ross.

Loch Maree in its time was probably the most prolific Salmon and Sea Trout Loch in Scotland with record catches year on year. Lock Maree Hotel (now mainly a B&B) used to be a magnet for fisherman with a waiting list to get a room like the one above.

Sadly, the estate over the years has changed with new owners of a younger generation and with less interest in fishing. However, the hotel charges £165.00 per day for a Gillie and a boat. Having spoken with two people who returned with a boat, their catches were only three fish. These were so small I would have put them back!

In the guest lounge/reading room there were no fishing memorabilia or books on fishing. Our room was nice with a good view of the Loch and mountains, but that’s all I can say. The hotel is crossed off of my ‘stay again list’.

During the trip with my wife Elaine we covered 1,560 miles. We used Premier Inns for overnight stops and every one was first class.

As you may be aware. I am always drawn to wild Scottish remote areas. For all those who feel the same, do try Altnaharra.   You will not be disappointed.

One last note, if you decide to visit, take your head net and bug spray since the midges like the ‘Southerners’!

 

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Loch Meadie

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River Mudal

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The Track

Andrew Ayres

FDG, Grayling Society & Worcester fly Dressers Member