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
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.
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 fashing 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 remopval 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.
11 March – 2019
Cameron Craigs – “Flies and tactics for River Competitions”.
Cameron, who works at Albury Fishery Estate, recently came 2nd in the England Rivers Team competition on the R Eden.
8 April – 2019
Darrel Howard – Bergman’s Trout Flies
Ron Bergman is a famous American fly tier and has a range of patterns named after him.
13 May – 2019
Details are still being finalised and will be published at a later date.
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!