Classes  are run by GAIA instructors Chris Reeves and David Taylor, both members of the Surrey Flydressers’ Guild. They 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:

The fly-tying sessions venue is 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 and agree to the risk assessment.

  • Please Note that the Village Hall car park operates on a one way system. The exit is at the far end of the building and round the back.

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.

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.