Posts Tagged ‘Fly Dressing’

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

 

 

 

Milngavie Fly Dressers 2012

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

The Milngavie fly dressing club goes from strength to strength and its that time of year again when we publish our program and dates. We always seem to have a core membership that remain loyal and others that drift in and out. Some come for a little bit of instruction others to listen to a speaker and others simply for a chat. We welcoming everyone whatever their motives.

This is the autumn program,   Milngavie Fly Dressers Autumn 2012

We do make a small charge to cover facility costs, this year I believe it is £3 and we do not charge for juniors, occasionally we charge a pound or so more when we have speakers.

2012

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The year is now two months long and I have not given much thought to posts or indeed fishing.  Life seems to have been to busy to fish and certainly not blog. Yes I have been fishing in fact on two occasions on the Tay chasing salmon at Glendelvine, I have been fly tying and doing some casting.

Lets start with the casting first.  GAIA has been taking up a lot of time, much more than I had imagined when I took on the role of  Chairman which I have now been doing for fifteen months. We have just completeda casting day at Stirling for the Scottish guys which was very enjoyable Tony Quinn drove all the way from Lancashire to join us which was dedication on his part.  Our next meeting is on the 25th March and if you want to join us let me know.

Brian McGlashan and Ken Oliver

The weekend of the 10th and 11th March is when GAIA holds its spring meeting this time in Llangollen which should also be good a day of assessments followed by a day of workshops this time from a group of Italian fly fisherman from SIM.  I know that I will come back enthused and with the lighter evenings coming maybe I can get back to casting practice.

Chasing salmon what can I say for the last few years now I have booked a number of days on Glendelvine a prime middle beat of the Tay.  These days cover the whole season so the early days can be fish less and cold.  I do not like harling so always fly fish from the bank and with few fish in the river and snow in the air its a difficult time to be out.

I like to commit to days in advance for my salmon fishing as opposed to being part of a syndicate as I feel obliged to go no matter what the weather as they are booked and paid for.  From here on in the fishing is going to get better March, April and May are prime months.

 

Harling, not normally this fast but they were cold and lunch was beckoning

Murthly Hut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fly tying, I have been tying a few for the salmon and the opening of the Trout season at the end of the month.  The success this year has been the Milngavie Fly Dressers, this little club which we formed about four years ago has been growing.  We have a good turn out and regular speakers this week Paul Procter is about to descend on us, he is always good craic and great flies so I am looking forward to the evening.