Posts Tagged ‘Fly Dressing’

Milngavie Fly Dressers

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Just a quick confirmation that our fly dressing club in Milngavie has restarted for the winter this is the program.  We have a core of regulars who sit and talk fishing, every third week we have a demo.  I did one last week all about fly bodies and quickly realised that I could have done a whole evening on individual aspects such as dubbed bodies, extended bodies and many more besides.  Our guest this session is Ronnie Glass, Ronnie is this years Scottish Loch’s Champion and an artist specialising in mounting fish.

BFFI 2011

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I was at the BFFI 2011 in Stafford this weekend on the GAIA stand what a great weekend and informative.  It started on the Friday when I attended a workshop run by Paul Little what a great day that was.  Tying in the company of Stack Scoville and Marvin Nolte from the USA, both are fantastic tiers in their own right.  Marvin is probably the best tier of classic salmon flies in the world and Paul Little certainly is the best in the UK and  as good.  We spent the day tying a Thalia (Book of the Salmon by Ephemera).  A great looking fly and mine looked sort of like the one in the file I was given.  I will go back to this workshop for 2 days in 2012.

Now the show, as usual it was a great day lots to see and although I had done a list in advance I still spent more than I should of and would have liked a lot more.  Funny the guys you meet when you are sitting tying, dour Scotsman who dislikes grayling and not willing to share his name, to fantastic children who marvel at anything new and absorb as much info as you can give them. I was representing GAIA along with Mark Roberts and Louis Noble, I enjoyed it and will go back next year if I am invited.

Paul Procter at Milngavie Fly Dressers

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Paul came to the Milngavie Fly Dressers last evening and gave a demo.  Always a delight to watch him tie and font of knowledge about all things trout fishing. How he keeps being original and writing for  trout fishing mags I will never know.  I asked the question and the answer was simple “go fishing as often as you can”.  Sadly we had planned to go fishing on the 1st April but thought better of it torrential rain over the last 24 hours had made it impossible.  Never mind maybe next time.

You can see them!

The flies were great “pheasantless pheasant tail nymph, CDC olives with a bit of support from a hackle, foam beetle with sight indicator,  buzzer (midge on rivers) with foam suspender, modified Fraser nymph with partridge legs and thin skin thorax cover, foam winged emerger with shuck, and a couple of spiders, waterhen bloa and stewart’s black spider. Nothing to complicated, simple to make and just asking to be taken fishing!

Lakeland Fly-Tying

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

I have always been impressed with the quality of fly tying materials available from Lakeland Fly-Tying. Today I was in Ulverston,  that’s in the southern lakes specifying a new till and on line shop for the National Piping Centre that’s my day job, bagpipes. Lakeland are just along the road and also a customer of CitrusLime.  They are the trendy company that are building the on line shop.  I needed a cape so I made a call to Nigel he owns Lakeland which is strictly a mail order only business and he kindly agreed to let me in!  An Aladin’s cave of quality capes and he really knows about quality, I was able to hand pick the dyed badger cape that I wanted, thanks Nigel I will be back.

BFFI 2011

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

What have I let myself in for  I have agreed to tie flies for 2 days at the British Fly Fair in June 2011, on the GAIA stand.   I am sure that I was invited as the current chairman of GAIA  and not for my tying skills.

I now need to start thinking about what to tie,  specific patterns or simply go with an open mind and try to accommodate show visitors.   One things for sure I will need to practice.


I am going to enroll on Paul Little’s work shop which runs a couple of days prior that should sharpen my thread control.