Archive for the ‘Fly Tying’ Category

Spring 2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Its that time of year again when we start preparing for a new season.  My thoughts are already on the salmon and the season starts again in just a few days time on the 15th January where I fish on the Tay.  I am preparing for my first outing with Intruders a steel head pattern from the USA and equally effective for Atlantic salmon.  Some of you will also be thinking of the Trout season which will follow.  Whatever your interest, you want to try tying flies, or you enjoy tying already why do you not come and join us.  No pressure but here are the details.

Fly Dressing Master Class and the BFFI

Monday, February 10th, 2014

For the last few years I have been lucky enough to get an invite to a fly dressing master class that Paul Little runs in the lead up to the British Fly Fair International.  There are normally a dozen or so tiers present from the UK and the USA.  The USA sent Marvin Nolte and Stack Scoville, Peter Kealy from N Ireland and Brian Burnett from Scotland.  These were just a few names there was circa  a dozen or so of us present.

Dusty Miller Variant

Dusty Miller Variant

Paul Little was extremely patient and managed to get us to tie three flies over the two days.  We did not just tie three flies we talked a lot and discussed and demonstrated various techniques along side the tying.  I have always had issues with bronze Mallard wings on Spey flies, not being able to put them on without splitting, so we covered this in some detail, hopefully my Spey flies will be fantastic to look at and fish with in the future.

Another interesting technique was to substitute the rachis of a feather with a touch of glue off a glue stick.  When tying in feathers such as brown mallard as a wing it is normal to leave the rachis attached so as to support the fibres whilst tying in.   The rachis sometimes is on the stiff side and tends to pull on the fibres. Exchanging the rachis for glue off a glue stick left a more flexible support, its possible also to apply some to the butts of a built wing fly.

Double Winged Ackroyd

Double Winged Ackroyd

Brown Shrimp Grub

Brown Shrimp Grub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above are a couple of other flies that we completed.  The Ackroyd is a Dee style fly with deltas wings and the grub by its name is meant to represent a shrimp style salmon fly.  All the flies in the photos were tied with gut eyes.

Following the workshop I then spent a couple of days with my GAIA (Game Angling Instructor Association) pals at the British Fly Fair   promoting the Association and tying flies.  I am always a bit like a child in a sweetie shop, as a fly dresser there is always so much to see and so many must have items.  This year I was particularly impressed by a Whiting Spey Hackle cape.  It is the perfect heron hackle substitute absolutely stunning feathers that could well have been Heron apart from the fact it was salmon pink.  Sadly I could not buy it as it belonged to one of the tiers but I did return on a number of occasions just to look at it,  how sad is that.   I will never criticise women coveting handbags and shoes again.

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Clyde Style on the Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GAIA aspect of the show was good with lots of people showing an interest in what we did and how we do it.  It made me think about what our priorities where as an organisation, we definitely need to spend more time introducing people into game angling.

All three of us me, Chris and Alun and past chairman of GAIA Phil White

 

Fly Dressers Guild Branch Formation

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The Milngavie Fly Dressers decided on the 16th January 2014 that they would become a branch of the Fly Dressers Guild.  This is great news for Glasgow as the original Glasgow Branch ceased in approximately 2002.  The attraction was the ability to participate in the Guild’s Bronze, Silver and Gold awards scheme.  Everything else at our meetings remain the same.  This springs program can be found here poster spring 2014.

Milngavie Fly Dressers Autumn 2013

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Its that time of year again with our fishing coming to a close.  Our fly dressing group will start to meet on Thursday evenings from the 3rd October.  We welcome tiers of all levels so if you are a complete beginner we will try to get you started and if you are experienced come and share some of those skills with us.  We will run some beginners sessions if there is demand.

The library is not difficult to locate follow the link and you should get details easily enough.  If you wish to discuss anything before hand then just call me.

This is our program autumn 2013

 

 

 

Real Wings!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago it was the penultimate day of our winter calender for the fly dressers.  At very short notice we managed to secure a demonstration from Jim Miln of the Alloa Angling Shop.  Jim has developed some very effective realistic wings which are now supplied by Veniards and are called oddly enough “Jims Wings”.  These wings and the use of paint bristles assisted the tying of some very realistic flies.

Blue Bottle

 

Adult Olive Midge

 

 

Corixia

 

 

 

Sherry Spinner

 

House Fly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to see more of Jim’s flies there is a Youtube site simply go to JimsFlystackle.