All fly tying classes have now closed due to Coronavirus and social distancing requirements.

It is hoped that classes will re-commence in the 2021 winter/spring. However, this will be in a different format due to the pandemic restrictions. Members will be informed via the Newsletter, this website or individual emails.

The winter and spring 2021 dates will be available later and posted on this site.

It may be necessary to distribute materials via the post, so it is imperative that fly tying participants should notify the Secretary of their current postal address.

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.

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 Chris Reeves or David Taylor in advance, so they have some idea of how many people to expect on an evening: (email:

Previous details:[The fly-tying sessions previously occurred at Byfleet Village Hall, 54 High Road, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7QL (from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m) . 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.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!).

Also, please see the last paragraph at the bottom of this page about the Fly Tying Articles.

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 started on Monday September 16 (all dates were Mondays): (12 x sessions)

September 16, 23, 30: October 7, 21, 28: November 11, 18, 25: December 2, 16, 23


January 6, 20, 27: February 3, 17, 24 (6 x sessions)

All fly tying classes were closed in March due to Coronavirus and social distancing requirements.

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

2019 Jean Howman

I have just checked the articles on the Videos and clips from previous members and looked at the session where John Smith tied some of John Goddard’s patterns.

There is a good description about how to secure beads to hooks when tying in and casting. This is demonstrated with the Goddard version of a caddis pattern on a standard normal shank hook.

Personally, I prefer a shaped hook (e.g. Kamasan B100) for my caddis patterns. Details of the tying may occur at a later date.