The 2019 – 2010 session is now planned and details are shown below
GAIA instructors Chris Reeves and David Taylor, both members of the Surrey Flydressers’ Guild, lead a series of fly-tying evenings aimed at beginners and intermediate fly-tiers. The sessions are structured so that beginners can tie a basic example while more advanced can tackle harder techniques and materials.
The fly-tying sessions usually take place from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. at Byfleet Village Hall, 54 High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7QL. There is ample parking at the Hall down the left hand side. As you enter the Village Hall, the room is via the door on the right.
They are generally run every Monday from the start of September to the end of April, except for the second Monday of each month, when we have our monthly meeting, but please check for any changes to the calendar below.
You do not need to book in in order to come to the lessons, but it would be helpful if you could contact David Taylor in advance, so we have some idea of how many people to expect on an evening: (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants are expected to sign an attendance sheet at each session.
All materials and fly-tying lamps (see below) will be provided. Vices and tools can be provided for the beginners. Intermediate tiers should bring their own vice, basic tools and materials, (tying silk, hooks, varnish etc).
Please Note: All electrical equipment (Branch supplied Fly tying lamps) must be Portable Appliance Tested (PAT) prior to use. If you bring your own lamp etc. you will be requested to show that the equipment is PAT checked. This is a requirement of the Booking Hall venue.
The cost for each night is £5 for Fly Dressers’ Guild members and £10 for anyone who is not a member of the Surrey Flydressers’ Guild. The fees covers the hire cost of the hall and materials and light refreshments. Due to the requirements of our insurance policy, non-members can only attend two sessions a year.
The most improved tyer at the end of the winter session will be awarded the Ray Brackley Quaich at the AGM (see below). This award is kept by the winner for one year and returned to the Committee at the end of that period. The liquid prize is best consumed prior to return of the “cup” .
Please look at our Facebook page “Surrey Fly Dressers” to see what the pattern for the next week will be (of course you need to be registered for Facebook to do this!).
Note: We would welcome any experienced tier to come along and assist with the classes, especially anyone wishing to become a fly-tying instructor. We will give help and guidance and prepare you for sitting your instructors exams.
2019/2020 Dates, Venue and Time
Venue: Byfleet Village Hall KT14 7QL
Time: 1930 to 2130
The sessions start on Monday September 16 (all dates are Mondays):
(12 x sessions)
September 16, 23, 30
October 7, 21, 28
November 11, 18, 25
December 2, 16, 23
(12 x sessions)
January 6, 20, 27
February 3, 17, 24
March 2, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 27
Ray Brackley Quaich
This prize is awarded to the most improved fly tyer in the Fly Tying classes each winter. The winner is announced at the AGM at the start of the season and comprises a silver”cup” and small bottle of liquid contents. The winner’s name is inscribed on the side of the ornament.
Previous winners include:
2003 P Chambers
2004 John Sawtell
2005 Colin Pointer
2006 Not awarded
2007 David Taylor
2008 Andreas Topinizis
2009 Not awarded
2010 Lee Gallant
2011 Sean Doyle
2012 Peter Hartt
2013 Gill Graham
2014 Bill Green
2015 Tim Neal
2016 George Novell
2017 John Graham
2018 Tony Swain
Fly tying Competition for the Game Fair (27-29 July 2018) at Ragley Hall, The Game Fair Challenge.
At the recent London fly fishing show The Fly Dressers Guild were approached by the organisers of the fishing village element of the 2018 Game Fair which will be held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire.
The Game fair is 60 years old this year and the organisers would like our members to design and tie a fly that captures the essence of the show. Suggested themes include the Game Fair colours, materials that can be obtained from the gamekeeper, flies that would grace a country home and so on. The type and style of fly is limited only by your imagination. To get a feeling for the ”flavour” of The Game fair have a look at their website https://http://www.thegamefair.org/
What’s in it for me? I hear you ask. The winning design will be adopted as the 60th anniversary fly and its originator will be invited to the Game Fair. The fly will be used in advance publicity and it is hoped the designer will attend a presentation of the fly at the show and explain how and why the fly came about. It stands to reason that a fly with a good back story would be more welcome than just a design with no “soul”
In addition the public will be challenged to tie your design at the show with a prize for the best effort.
How do you enter? Simply send your fly directly to
Mr John Hunter,
Angling Consultant, The Game Fair,
1 Forum place,
Herts. AL10 0RN
Please include your name and address together with a short note with your story and the ingredients list.
Flies should be packaged securely in a clean small plastic box. Submitted flies will become the property of The Game Fair. All entries must be received by the 12th of May 2018.