We usually meet on the second Monday of every month for a fly-tying demonstration, fly-tying or fly-fishing related talk.

These meetings take place from September to the following May (inclusive).  Aim to arrive at 7.30 pm for an 8.00 pm start. There is adequate parking in the car park attached to St. Lawrence Church Hall.

There is usually a Raffle at each of our meetings, tickets are reasonably priced at £1 each and prizes are usually of a fishing related nature.

Donations as prizes are always welcome.


Meetings and Presentations planned for 2019

The committee are now planning the programme for the remainder of the 2019 season. Details will be publicised as soon as they are confirmed.

The last meeting is shown first at the top:

13 May – 2019

Final meeting of this Spring season

Lindsay Simpson

Lindsay will be demonstrating stillwater fly patterns. He has represented England (despite having a strong Scottish accent) in the Loch Style Team on 3 occasions. He is also a member of the successful Soldier Palmers fishing team and is a Team Wychwood member. He is an avid fly tyer and was tying on Funky Fly Tying’s stand at this year’s BFFI, and has published articles in a number of online and hard copy magazines, most recently in the first edition of the new Today’s Fly Fisher magazine. He authors a fly fishing blog and has recently set up a YouTube channel targeting beginning fly tyers.

8 April – 2019

Darrel Howard – Bergman’s Trout Flies

Darrell started fly tying in the 1990s.  Having tied enough flies to fill up more boxes than he’ll ever need, he decided that he needed a challenge to give more focus to his tying.  Darrell decided to join a global group of tyers keeping alive the tradition of tying the winged wet flies featured in Ray Bergman’s classic book Trout.  FIrst published in 1938, the book has never been out of print.

Darrell provided a fascinating history of Ray Bergman and his early life, including running fishing shops, writing artricles for fishing magazines and tying thousands of flies. In particular Darrel gave an interesting insight into Ray Bergman’s wet flies in comparison with some modern patterns. The presentation finished with a tying of the Green Midge.


Earlier talks

11 March – 2019

Cameron Craigs – “Flies and tactics for River Competitions”.

Cameron, who works at Albury Estate Fishery, recently came 2nd in the England Rivers Team competition on the R Ure (Yorkshire). Cameron provided a presentation on the tactics and demonstrated some of the patterns that helped him to success.

Basically Cameron usually fishes with a longish rod (10-10.5′), light (AFTM 4 or 5) Lines and longish French leader with two flies, weighted nymph on point and dry fly on dropper.

All the flies demonstrated were small (#16 Jig hook, barbless) with a weighted bead (tungsten or other metal). Certainly the small flies did seem quite weighty when placed in the hand and they are tied to enter the water column and drop down quite quickly. One of the patterns, tied with a specific colour of a well-known material is being used by some Surrey Branch members to good effect!

11 February – 2019

The Chairman has written a special presentation for this evening’s entertainment. His talk will be on one of the most well known and well used materials in fly dressing:

The versatility of Peacock in Fly Dressing

Peacock herl is used in many different flies, from nymphs (e.g. Diawl bach) to wet flies (McCloud Olive,B&P, Crunchers, Fog Black) and even to flashy imitators (Alexandra) and for Salmon (Kingfisher). From earlier uses as fans for Victorian ladies to more modern fashion earrings, it is a highly sought after material.

The herl can often be used as bodies on dry flies, especially when the fine fibres are removed. The ‘eye’ part of the feather is best for quills due to the variegation between light and dark areas. The removal of the herl fibres is a relatively simple affair. This involved heating solid wax in a saucepan until melted, then dipping the feather into the wax and removing the feather to allow to dry. When dry, it was simply a quick removal of waxed herl by drawing the stalk through the fingers. Voila! herl free stalk ready for tying in. The benefit of waxing keeps the stalk supple for awhile. But best to dye the feather prior to waxing.

14 January 2019

Annual General Meeting

The First meeting of the year was the Annual General Meeting. This was the member’s opportunity to air their views on the years’ activities and put their names forward to join the Committee, to ensure the continuation of the Branches’ activities.  The  Ray Brackley Quaich was awarded at this meeting.

The Chairman thanked the Committee for their work during the past year and especially the outgoing Secretary and welcomed the incoming Secretary.

A good meeting was held and a lively discussion ensued around the previous years’ activities and future plans.

As mentioned at the AGM, the Committee are hoping to organise an Auction. This is likely to take place in the autumn.

9 December – 2019

Simon Cooper (of Fishing Breaks) will be presenting a talk on OTTERS.

Previous talks in 2018


8 January 2018 – Annual General Meeting

12 February 2018 – Martin Stout from The Netherlands (fly tying)

12 March 2018 – Charles Jardine (Presentation)

9 April 2018 – David Taylor – (Presentation)

14 May 2018 (meeting cancelled)

September 10th – David Taylor (Fly tying)

October 8th – David Taylor (Fly tying)

November 12th Chris Reeves – (Presentation)

December 10 – The Chairman’s Traditional Quiz

Previous talks in 2017

9 January 2017 – Annual General Meeting

13 February 2017 – Dave Taylor gave an update on the BFFI and new materials available

10 March 2017 – Steve Skuce (Chair of The Grayling Society)

10 April 2017 – Lee Hooper- Fly tying (Stillwater patterns)

8 May 2017 – Dave Taylor- Fly tying (Caddis fly patterns)

11 September 2017 – Chris Reeves Fly tying

9 October 2017 – Ben Bangham (Presentation)

13 November 2017 – Alex Jardine (Presentation)

11 December 2017- Chairman’s Quiz



12 September 2016 – Peter Cockwill on Jurassic Lake, Argentina

10 October 2016 – David Taylor ties his favourite chalk stream fly patterns

27 November 2016 – Chris Ward on the history of rods

12 December 2016 – Christmas Extravaganza!