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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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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 – Frank Moors Tube Flies for Salmon
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 – Karl Humphries Reservoir & Stillwater Flies
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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River Mudal

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The Track

Andrew Ayres

FDG, Grayling Society & Worcester fly Dressers Member

Countrytastic 2016

On March 31st we attended the 3 counties showground at Malvern to be part of the annual Countrytastic day which we have supported for several years.

A visit the day before allowed some of the team to erect the marquee and set up the casting and fishing areas. This effectively gave us a bit of a lie in on the day as we did not need to be there too early. The format this year was to have fly tying in the marquee plus two outside areas, one for casting tuition with the small rods and the other set up as a ‘fishing’ area;  let me explain. Ken had obtained some cardboard replicas of various trout and char and then stuck half of a Velcro tab on the nose of each fish. On the end of the line on the rod set up was the other piece of the Velcro tab. I am sure you can guess the rest! This proved a real winner with queues all day and gave lots of fun to the children who were delighted to catch their ‘fish’ and see it safely returned to the river. Adam Henson of Countryfile fame also tried out the fishing game and bagged a few.

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Equally busy was the casting tuition area with Pete and Matt frantically busy from opening time until the closure. The lads hardly had a break all day.

The fly tying activity was similarly hectic with the marquee being full for most of the day and queues forming constantly.

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At the end of the day with everything taken down and put away all of us were in a state of collapse and in need of some liquid refreshment and a ‘debrief’.

Big thanks to Ken, Tony Woods and his camera, Paul, Brian, Matt, Pete Major, Charles, Tony Pawley ( who gave us power to see and boil a kettle!) and yours truly, for all their efforts during what appeared to be a highly successful day. We believe that some 7,500 tickets were sold which was 50% more than last year. On reflection, we were short staffed which put a lot of pressure on those who did attend but it was great to see the happy faces on those children who had tied a fly, caught a fish or cast a rod for the first time. One can only hope that our efforts might one day pay dividends if some of these youngsters take to fishing of some kind.

 

Annual Photographic competition

As mentioned in the previous post covering the awards presentations, one trophy was for our annual photographic competition which was judged and critiqued by Tony Woods. Whilst those of you who attended on the night have seen the entries displayed on screen, for the benefit of those who could not attend and also as a reminder to all of what was produced I have attached the top four entries as chosen by Tony.

Firstly a nice shot of the river with beautiful landscape all around.

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Secondly, a very cute picture of a family of Coots.

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Thirdly a beautiful stained glass window depicting a fish which appears to be a very fat Grayling.

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Finally, the winning image showing the fabulous colours on the Dorsal fin and scale pattern of a Grayling taken by winner Chris Hollick.

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Well done to all who entered and to Tony for giving us the benefit of his expertise.

Annual Presentation evening

This week was the last meeting of our current meeting season which always coincides with our annual awards and presentation ceremony and fun quiz. We had an average attendance which usually means lots of left over food but there was a fun atmosphere nevertheless and plenty of banter between those attending. I understand that Tony Pawley was instrumental in stepping in to help with the nibbles and drinks so thanks for that Tony, it was a good spread as usual.

The evening commenced with the presentation of the photographic award. In the absence of Roy McAdam, Tony Woods had agreed to do the judging. He displayed all of the entries on the screen and gave an honest and constructive critique of each and there were some interesting and varied pictures on show. However, there has to be a winner and that proved to be Chris Hollick with a lovely close up shot of a grayling’s dorsal fin which was clear and attractive. Here you see Chris receiving his shield from Chairman Ken.

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As part of the Annual Fly dressing competition an award is made for the most innovative fly using set materials and this year that was won by Charles Deverill who is seen receiving the award from Ken.

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The Novice trophy was won this year by stalwart member and ever present helper Tony Pawley who is seen here looking pleased and maybe a little shocked to receive the trophy.

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By some massive stroke of luck the Open class fly tying shield was won by yours truly and I was genuinely shocked to hear my name announced. I feel privileged to have won the trophy and below I am seen receiving it from Ken.

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Way back last year the Annual weekend away included our usual boat competition and it was held on Llyn Trawsfynydd in blustery difficult conditions. The worthy winner was Pete Webb seen collecting the trophy below.

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During this meeting season the Accreditation sessions have been well supported and a number of members have worked hard to achieve the various levels. The committee had saved up a number of certificates and presented them en bloc to the various winners. The below happy bunch all received their bronze awards under the tutelage of Ken. Some of these lads have been persevering for some time to achieve this and well done to them,

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Recently returned from his travels in the Far East, Stuart Greenwood received his Silver Certificate.

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Following a lot of help from Paul Aston and the club who put on extra classes for the instructors, I managed to achieve my Gold award and can say that I am glad it is done. Some say the syllabus is a lot easier but even so, some of the patterns are tricky.

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One of the guild special award certificates for Grayling patterns also went to Roger Smith who also encouraged members to consider joining the Grayling Society.

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The final award of the evening was something rather special for me as the Chairman’s trophy was presented to me with some kind words from retired Chairman Peter Webb. It is a beautiful trophy and I feel honoured to have been awarded it.

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The final part of the evening following the drinks and nibbles was the fun quiz put together by Ken. Some very testing General Knowledge questions followed thankfully by fly tying related issues completed the night and we just about finished before being kicked out by the staff. Lucky team consisted of Dennis, Doug, Gary, Russell and myself.

Thanks to the committee for putting the event on and  providing some tasty treats most of which I had given up for Lent but that quickly went out of the window. Thanks also to Tony Woods for his photographic skills. Now it is time to put those flies to good use somewhere. Tight lines.