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Change of Guest Speaker

In a change to the advertised speaker next Wednesday 21st November, Frank Moors is unable to attend so Phillippa Hake is bringing forward her date to stand in. Hopefully Frank will be free for the guest night on 12th December but this is to be confirmed. We look forward to Phillippa’s talk and tying demo next week.

Leeds Fly Dressers Guild – New Season 2018-2019

REMINDER: We are having our Registration Night at 7:30pm on Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at West Park Rugby Club, The Sycamores, Bramhope, LS16 9JR. The new season’s programme is attached below.

Jerry Lee will be using Peter Gathercole’s Fly Tying Bible as the reference and each fly in the programme is referenced in this book.  Jerry proposes to discuss and show variants upon each pattern.  There is space in the programme for 6 guest speaker nights which usually include a buffet and raffle during the break. We also hold buddy nights to deal with individual requests for help with your tying. We are uncertain how many complete beginners we might have joining us so it is proposed that we plan and deliver a beginners programme as necessary.

Our first Guest Speaker is the top notch angler and author Jeremy Lucas who will be well known to many of you.  Jeremy has represented England in international competitions in all disciplines of fly fishing and written a number of excellent books. He will be joining us on Wednesday 10th October.

Other speakers we have invited are:

  • Frank Moors
  • Phillipa Hake
  • Rob Denson
  • Jon Grey
  • AGM Speaker – TBC

The programme will include all the bronze and silver level flies for the national FDG accreditation awards and will be led by Jerry Lee and Melvyn Wood. There are 3 buddy style nights built in for those wishing to follow either the FDG bronze or silver award syllabi.

We are going to have 3 classes of fly tying competitions – the Apprentice Cup for “Novice”, a new trophy for “Improvers“ and the Herbert Harris Cup for the “Advanced” tiers group.

The trio of Flies for these awards will be selected from the Bronze, Silver and Gold patterns and need to be handed in by the end Feb 2019. Generally, anybody can enter any class providing they have not previously won it.

The full programme is available to download below or take a look at the Events section. In addition to tying nights, Events will contain details of our fishing trips and competitions that are organised throughout the year.

Leeds FDG Programme 2018-2019

Guest Night Tonight – Dave Southall

In a change to the advertised programme we have the Legend that is Dave Southall giving us a talk about his fishing exploits and tying some of his most effective patterns, including CDC. It starts tonight at 7.30pm at Bramhope RUFC, The Sycamores, Bramhope, Leeds, LS16 9JR. The cost is £8.00 for members, £10.00 for guests.

Also a reminder of our Fly Tying Competition 2017/18

There are three classes of entry:
• Beginner = less than 2 years of tying and having not won competition previously
• Improver = more than 2 years of tying or winner of previous years beginners trophy
• Advanced = Previous winners of improvers trophy

Each entry should include 3 matching flies of the patterns attached below.

LEEDS FLY DRESSERS GUILD Competition Flies 2017-18

Leeds Fly Dressers Guild – New Season 2017-2018

We commence the new season this year, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at West Park Rugby Club, Bramhope, with our registration night.

Jerry Lee and Melvyn Wood will be our instructors again this season.

New members are most welcome and will be introduced to the club if they come along.

In terms of our guest speaker programme, we have invited six who are well known and highly regarded in their field:

  • Paul Procter – River Flies
  • Matt Eastham – Successful Reservoir and River Flies
  • Clarke Coleman – Modern European Nymph Fishing
  • Frank Moors – Flies for Migratory Fish
  • Gary Hillary – Flies for the Tyne and it’s Tributaries
  • Alan Middleton – Sussex Fly Fishing School, AAPGAI Instructor

We hope to see you tomorrow!

Leeds Fly Dressers Guild New Season 2016


Just a reminder that we commence the new season this year, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th October 2016 at West Park Rugby Club, Bramhope, with our registration night where Jerry Lee and Melvyn Wood will tie some flies. See the Contact page for directions.

Any  new members will be made most welcome and introduced to the club if they come along. There is a bite to eat in terms of a little supper on this night.

In terms of our guest speaker programme, we have invited six who are well known and regarded in their field:

  • Stuart Croft
  • Steve Newsome (Ex Ladybower) – Successful Reservoir Patterns
  • Phil Holding
  • Matt Eastham – Successful North Country Patterns
  • Stuart Wardle (Multi England International) – Reservoir and River Patterns
  • Dr Paul Gaskell (Trout In The Town) – River Flies and Entomology

This year the Novice and Improvers programmes include all the bronze and silver level flies for the national FDG accreditation awards. The Beginners Programme will be led by Jerry Lee and the Improvers by Melvyn Wood.

More details on the website Programme page and there is also a list of the Events which can be exported to your computer or smartphone calendar so you don’t miss anything. Scroll to the bottom of the Events list and click on “Export Listed Events”.

Roy Jones Cup 2016

Roy Jones Trophy 2016

Congratulations to Chris Carter who was presented with the Cup he won last May at Carsington. On a very blustery day Chris won with 7 fish to his rod.

The 2016 trophy was fished for last Saturday 14th May at Stocks reservoir in the Trough of Boland. On an absolutely beautiful day 8 members fished for the Cup. Winning boat was boat 15 with 7 fish. Everybody caught fish which was pleasing. Some cold mornings had possibly put the fish down, because record bags were caught by members who were practising on Tuesday / Wednesday.


The winner of this year’s trophy was David Hild with 4 fish, followed by Dudley Hosfield with 3 fish – all these fish were taken in the afternoon. Chris Carter got 2 fish along with Brian Greengrass. Jim O’Brien, Simon Dowling and Chris Shepherd all caught.

The biggest fish of the day was a tremendous Brown Trout over 6lb for Mel Woods, winning him a bottle of the amber nectar.


It had been quite a week for Mel on his practice trip on Wednesday he got 24 fish including a massive rainbow of 12lb.




Toft Newton 19/03/16


The first outing of 2016 saw us at Toft Newton.
Eight of us were responsible for landing 28 trout for the day.
G Jones – 9 – With more from the bank
M Wood – 8 – Biggest fish
B Jones – 3
B Greengrass – 3
Peter Aldred – 3
D Hild – 2
Chris Carter & J O’Brien – 0
Very cold wind blowing most of the day made lunch time welcome. In the afternoon the wind dropped but the temp remained very low and a cold group enjoyed a bit of friendly banter after a good day out.

Jim O’Brien

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Leeds FDG Fishing 2016

Melvyn Wood has yet again done a wonderful job of arranging fishing for the club in 2016.

  1. 19th March – Toft Newton Reservoir
  2. 16th April – Eyebrook Reservoir
  3. 14th May – Stocks Reservoir. The Roy Jones Trophy Competition.
  4. 11th June – Malham Tarn. 8 places only, First come first served.
  5. 9th July – Carsington Water
  6. 6th August – Draycote Water
  7. 10th September – Thornton Reservoir
  8. 8th October – Rutland Water

These are all on a Saturday. If our members would like to fish any or all of these please get in touch with Melvyn or Dudley.

I have added these dates to the Events section of this website. If you have a Calendar application such as Outlook or use a smartphone you can click on the event for full details then click the +GOOGLE CALENDAR or +iCAL EXPORT buttons to add them straight into your diary. You can also scroll to the bottom of the list of events and click +EXPORT LISTED EVENTS to add all the entries to your calendar in one go so you won’t miss anything.


The Essential Fly – Dying Materials Demo

On 16/12/2015 23:10, Dudley Hosfield wrote:

Hi Ann, Sarah & Andy,

I would just like to thank you all on behalf of the Leeds Branch of the FDG for a great demonstration and evening.

As I said the dying demonstration exceeded our expectations and I hope Andy you haven’t let too many commercial secrets slip. In my 20 years membership of the FDG that was by far the best talk and demo on materials dying that  I have heard and I know all the guys thoroughly enjoyed it.

Thankyou all for your hard work in putting the evening together and making it successful and many congratulations on your new ambassador HVK.

I will you all a happy Christmas and prosperous 2016,



On 17/12/2015 09:59, Ann Kitchener wrote:

Hello Dudley

Thank you so much for your very kind email.  We sincerely had a really lovely time at your club meeting and enjoyed not only meeting everyone again, but sharing a mutual love of all things fly tying.  You all made us feel so very welcome, you made our job easy!

We are more than delighted that you enjoyed the presentation and workshop so very much.  Please do keep in touch and let us know if we can be of any help to you or club members at any time.

With all good wishes for Christmas

Kind regards
Ann Andy and Sarah- The Essential Fly, Semperfli


Thanks very much Dudley, nice to know it was enjoyed and of value to the club members
Attached is a pdf copy of the presentation for club use.

best regards

Andy, Ann & Sarah – The Essential Fly, Semperfli

The presentation will be posted under the club private discussion area.