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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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Lenches lakes new pricing structure and guidelines

Fishing ticket Prices 2017


    Catch & Kill                  

     2  FISH      £24.00


3  FISH     £30.00


4 FISH     £35.00


6  FISH     £48.00


    Catch & Kill Junior Ticket ( 11yrs upwards)

Fishing with adult fishing  (minimum 3 Fish Ticket)                             – FREE

Junior 2 FISH  (to be accompanied by non fishing  adult )               –      £20.00


   Follow On Ticket  – option when fishing limit has been caught

Catch and Kill   1 Fish –   £8

Catch and Release  unlimited fish  – £12


    Catch and Release Tickets available from January 1st 2017 until end of March/April

dependant  water temperature rising


Catch & Kill first fish continue to Catch and Release  4 hours  –  £25


Catch & Kill first fish continue Catch & Release  8 Hours  –   £30


  Catch & Release Junior Ticket

Fishing with adult fishing         – FREE

Junior -Catch & Kill First fish continue to Catch and Release  4 hours

(to be accompanied by non fishing  adult )    –      £20.00


  Loyalty Card – come fishing nine times in six months and have

either a 2 Fish Catch & Kill or  4 Hour Catch & Release free of charge


Common Myths of Catch and Release

Let’s go over a few quick myths of catch and release so we don’t make the mistake of thinking we did a good job, but likely sent the fish off to his death.


This is a big fat lie. Over 90% of fish mortality happens after the fish swims off. I’ve seen fish released by people upstream only to see the fish belly up 2 hours later downstream on the river bottom, belly up. This is why we need to practice the best technique in catch and release every time, because once we let go of that fish, if we didn’t do our job right, the chances of survival are thin.


I know most of you don’t “usually” set the fish on the rocks, but setting the fish out of the water and onto anything is terrible for them and reduces their chances to live substantially every second they are out of the water. Never put the fish on rocks, grass or anything out of the water, even if it was wet. the lack of oxygen and the slime lost drastically reduces the trout’s chance for survival.


This is a partial myth. I’m sure there are some jack-waggers out there that use C&R to make themselves seem superior, but they’ve missed the point. The point is doing what we can do to conserve and protect a precious resource that we consume every time we fish. Everyone kills fish, even C&R guys, because trout are delicate. It is our responsibility as those consuming this resource to do what we can to protect and preserve it as well. We use the trout rivers, we need to protect them. This is the reason so many catch and release anglers care and attempt to educate when they see photos or poor handling of fish. Most anglers motives are pure and they want to help preserve the rivers they fish. It goes a long way to know you have C&R guys on your favorite waters instead of guys taking or poorly handling the fish you also love to catch.


We aren’t saying that if you don’t properly catch and release a trout, that you’re a bad person or that we’ll sick PETA on you or that the trout’s feelings are hurt or the trout gods will keep you from catching fish ever again (well that may be true.. verdict is still out on that ). The entire point of catch and release is to conserve a wonderful resource that we all enjoy and it’s our job as anglers to be good stewards of what we use and consume. Do what you let them go so they can grow.

Good Preparation Protects the Fish


Water temps above 68° F (19/20 degs Celsius ) produce stress on all trout species and the higher the temps get, bigger chance they have of getting over-exhausted and dying after being released. Avoiding fishing streams in the heat of the day during summer is not only a good strategy as fish are less willing to eat, but it also protects the fish from over-exhaustion and death. I’ve come across “fish-kills” during the dog days of summer and it’s heartbreaking.


Pinching your barbs down in the evening as you watch TV or everytime you’re out on the water is a good practice. Barbs increase the size of the puncture in a fish’s mouth and tears more of their skin when they are removed. These wounds don’t heal as well as we hope and can harm the fish’s ability to feed and survive down the road. If you don’t believe me, go fish the Blue river in silverthorne and look at the fish in that river once caught, they look like they have a piercing fetish. Pinching your barbs makes for an easier release and for less overall damage to the trout. It’s best to do it before you get on the water since you’ll likely get lazy or forget once on the water.

Playing the Fish Correctly

Playing the Fish Correctly


The key to proper catch and release is playing the fish quickly and safely. The longer you play a fish, the more lactic acid is built up in their system and the more they struggle to recover. Playing the fish for over 2 minutes, is generally a bad idea. Trout don’t recover as quickly making them susceptible to suffocation or being eaten by other trout or birds of prey. Play the fish quickly by keeping side pressure on the trout to bring it to the net quickly. Side pressure is turning the tip of your rod to the left or right of the fish to turn it’s head back towards you. You’ll be amazed how doing this can bring the fish in quicker and with heavier tippet and leader, you can bring them in quickly (under 2 minutes max) for a safe release.


Fish don’t care as much as you think when they see the line. Often times you don’t need 5x and 6x or even 7x tippet. You can be just as successful with 2x to 4x. Fishing with heavier leader will allow you to land the fish quicker and keep you from wearing out the fish beyond what it can recover as mentioned above.

         Landing The Fish


Landing the fish is where most things go terribly wrong. Fish have protective slime coating that stays off infection and diseases. Removing this film is the same as drinking 20 beers and then spending the afternoon in a daycare, you’re going to get sick. For trout this makes them drastically more susceptible to whirling disease and other infections and diseases that kill trout days after being released. Placing the fish on the rocks, banks, grass or other places out of the water harms the fish in three ways:

  1. It removes the protective slime increasing risk of disease or infection
  2. It can damage the fish beyond recovery. Fish can’t handle damage to the head, gills or gut since they don’t really have much in terms of a skeletal structure. Gravity out of the water is much greater and causes enormous stress on the trouts system.
  3. Fish can’t breathe out of the water. Every second you keep a fish out of the water can reduce their chance of survival by 10%. 5 seconds is a coin flip on survival.


While a quick catch and release with wet hands without a net is safe, if the fish is too excited or too large, it can be messy to try to land them without a net. Using a net and keeping the net in the water will provide proper environment to land the fish safely. Use these tips to land the fish safely:

  1. Use a large rubber landing net – other nets that have knots or string netting can be just as harmful as putting them on the bank.
  2. Keep the net in the water and the fish relaxed. Think of the net as more of a water gate around the trout, then something you grab it in and support it with. Use the net to contain the fish, not hold it out of the water.
  3. Use rubber nets and be careful not to get the gills caught our damaged
  4. Pan net


When the fish is out of the water, its entire body compresses on itself. You’re taking a fish from a weightless environment into a heavily weighted environment and it’s hard on the fish regardless. If you have to hold the fish out of the water for a picture, then make sure to not squeeze too hard especially around the vitals. Hold the fish just behind the pectoral fins (a fish’s arms) on the belly softly. With your other hand you can grab the fish right in front the the tail.

Always hold the fish over water in case it falls or squirms it won’t land on rocks, but in the water instead, preferably over a net so you can revive him after.

* Tip – At times fish are hard to hold on to. Grabbing them firmly by the tail acts as a sort of paralyzer to the fish and can calm them down. Don’t over squeeze, but a good firm grip (like gripping a steering wheel) is the right amount to hold the fish in place.


When it comes time to unhook the fly from the trout, hopefully the barbless fly you have comes out easy. If the fly is too deep, then simply cut the line. I’ve caught fish that have tippet and a fly coming out of their bunghole before, it isn’t as difficult to pass as you’d think and it often comes loose on it’s own (if it’s barbless) later on allowing the fish time to recover easily and keeping it safe. Shoving forceps down it’s throat to get the fly back is trading a fish life for a £1.50 fly. Just not worth it.


So you do a good job landing the fish quickly, keep it off the rocks, use a landing net. Then you ruin it all by holding the fish out of the water for 2 minutes as you attempt to get the grossly over-done photo commonly known as the grip and grin. This is rough on two levels. One, every second you keep the fish out of the water decreases it’s chance to survive and two, you look like every other guy holding a fish. Another note to share is you don’t need to photograph every trout you catch. They are all gorgeous so selectively pick a couple each day and grab some creative shots and you’re photo album will look much better than 1000 grip and grins. The best way to get a photo safely of a fish is to leave it in the net and the net in the water so the fish is just chilling in there with the hook removed. Get your camera ready or your iphone on the timer and set everything up. Once you are ready to hit the shutter button, quickly and gently lift the fish to your desired shot and take pics quickly. Photos look awesome when the water is dripping off the fish vs drying in the sun anyway. This is better for the trout and better for your album. Be quick and gentle and if possible always keep the head and gills underwater or slightly out and only for a moment.



Releasing the Fish Safely


Once you have unhooked the fish safely, it’s time to revive the trout and safely release it. It’s best to revive the fish facing upstream in slow to medium current and in clear water. If you murked up the water walking around, move over a little so the fish can get some clean water. If the fish is small enough to relax with the net guarding him this is another great way to release the fish without even touching it. Just use the net as a guard to keep it from leaving until it is keeping with the current and facing upward (not belly up) This can take 30 seconds to 5 minutes depending on water temps and how long you played and handled the fish. When the fish tries to swim away, you should let it. A good test if you are worried is to take the fish gently by the tail in the net and turn it on its side. if the fish can turn itself back up and swim, then it is likely ready for release. Err on the side of longer than shorter here. This is the time to enjoy looking at the trout and letting it recover, but when it swims off, let it swim off. The smaller ones will bolt while the larger fish swim off.

That moment when you let go and see the trout swim off slowly is the most rewarding part of fly fishing and makes me want to catch another all over again. You can feel good that the fish has been released safely and will live to spawn and be caught another day down the road.


Catch and Release Final Review

We covered a lot in this article and we wanted to be complete in our advice since this is something near and dear to our hearts here at The Catch and The Hatch. Below we made a quick bullet list to help you remember and even take with you on the river.

  1. Watch the Temps – Fish Barbless Hooks
  2. Play the Fish Quickly Using Strong Leader/Tippet
  3. Keep the Fish in the Water Always
  4. Use a Rubber Landing Net & Keep Fish in the Water
  5. Creatively & Selectively Take Photos
  6. Slowly Revive and Release

I have copied this entirely from Amanda’s text. She has now introduced an element of catch and release into her ticket options with the guidelines referring to that. It seems that she may have copied these from a river anglers writings somewhere but they all apply to lakes as well.

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.







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.



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.


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