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Leeds Fly Dressers Guild – 2019 Programme

We are having our Registration Night at 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at West Park Rugby Club, The Sycamores, Bramhope, LS16 9JR.

We have put two programmes together for the members this year: The beginners programme and the improvers programme, and both are very comprehensive. 

We also have six very experienced celebrity fly tyers coming along to give a talk and inspire us all on the first Wednesday of each month. This year we have Paul ProcterDave HudsonAimeé Kitching, Stuart Croft, Dave Southall and last but by no means least, Matt Eastham.

This year the beginners group will all be loaned a vice, tools and all the materials needed to tie the flies in the programme. This will give all the beginners the chance to initially sample fly tying without it actually costing them anything. 

If you would like to join us on Wednesday 2nd October, you would be made very welcome.

Leeds Fly Dressers Guild – Beginners Fly Tying Program 2019 – 2020
Date             Event
02/10/2019 Registration Evening and Tying Demonstration of McTier’s Silver Dabbler.
09/10/2019 Guest Speaker: Dave Hudson. Predator Flies.
16/10/2019 Tying night Blood Worm.
23/10/2019 Tying night Black Spider.
30/10/2019 Tying Night Black and Peacock Spider.
06/11/2019 Guest Speaker: Paul Proctor.
13/11/2019 Tying night Black Pennell.
20/11/2019 Tying night Poly Winged Midge.
27/11/2019 Tying night Griffiths Gnat.
04/12/2019 Guest Speaker: Stuart Croft.
11/12/2019 Tying night Pheasant Tail Nymph.
Christmas and New Year Break 
08/01/2020 Guest Speaker: Dave Southall.
15/01/2020 Tying night Beetle.
22/01/2020 Tying night Shipman’s Buzzer.
29/01/2019 Tying night Woolly Bugger.
05/02/2020 Guest Speaker: Aimee Kitching.
12/02/2020 Tying night Shuttlecock.
19/02/2020 Tying night Hares Ear Nymph.
26/02/2020 Tying night Detached body Daddy.
04/03/2020 Guest Speaker: Matt Eastham
11/03/2020 Tying night French Partridge May Fly.
18/03/2020 Tying night Dry May Fly.
25/03/2020 Branch AGM and Prize Giving.

Leeds Fly Dressers Guild – Improvers Fly Tying Program 2019 – 2020
Date            Event
02/10/2019 Registration Evening and Tying Demonstration of McTier’s Silver Dabbler.
09/10/2019 Guest Speaker: Dave Hudson. Predator flies.
16/10/2019 Tying night Light Cahill. size 10 dry for mayfly.
23/10/2019 Tying night Hare’s Ear Nymph. Size 12.
30/10/2019 Tying Night Blae and Black. Size 12 wet.
06/11/2019 Guest Speaker: Paul Proctor.
13/11/2019 Tying night Sedgehog. Size 12 wet.
20/11/2019 Tying night Sparkle Dun. Size 14 dry.
27/11/2019 Tying night March Brown. Size 12 wet.
04/12/2019 Guest Speaker: Stuart Croft.
11/12/2019 Tying night Baetis Nymph. Size 14 wet.
Christmas and New Year Break
08/01/2020 Guest Speaker: Dave Southall.
15/01/2020 Tying night Pearly Dabbler. Size 10 wet
22/01/2020 Tying night Klinkhammer Special. Size 14 caddis
29/01/2019 Tying night Woolly Bugger. Size 10 longshank.
05/02/2020 Guest Speaker: Aimee Kitching.
12/02/2020 Tying night Clan Chief. Size 10 wet.
19/02/2020 Tying night Addams. Size 14 dry.
26/02/2020 Tying night Green Peter. Size 12 wet.
04/03/2020 Guest Speaker: Matt Eastham.
11/03/2020 Tying night Flashback PTN. Size 14 wet.
18/03/2020 Tying night Gosling. Size 10 wet.
25/03/2020 Branch AGM and Prize Giving.

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

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!

Toft Newton 19/03/16

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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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TV: Earth’s Wildest Waters – The Big Fish

Earth’s Wildest Waters – The Big Fish

There’s a new fishing series on BBC2 at 8pm Sunday 11th October onwards, with Matt Hayes and Ben Fogle.

A group of passionate anglers from the UK push their skills to the limit in six epic locations around the world. In each place, they face challenges for which they need to combine their own talents with local techniques to outwit the environment they find themselves in. The series explores the incredible world of fishing, looking at its variety of fish and their behaviour in distinct environments, and revealing surprising animals and stunning landscapes.

See here.

Toft Newton Fishery on 8th August

Hi All,

After a very successful trip to Ladybower, where David big fish Hild managed another big fish of 13.5 lbs, on a dry mayfly pattern. David is in the habit of catching big fish. He had a big Brown Trout on Rutland water last year. All caught fish right on or in the surface. Fantastic fishing and very visual.

The next boat fishing trip is to Toft Newton Fishery on 8th August. I have not fished the venue before but I believe from those that have that its a first class fishery. I would advise that you have a look at the website www.toftnewton.com

If you would like to fish, please let me know by email please before this coming Friday. If you have not boat fished before we always put the inexperienced with the experienced. Hope to see you all there.

Kind Regards.

Melvyn

melvynwood50@gmail.com

Ladybower – July 11th 2015

A short report of our day at Ladybower on July 11th.
Six of us made the journey into Derbyshire for this months outing.
This is the lads having a well earned lunch outside the cabin.

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Not a lot of fish caught, but fish of the day went to David Hild with a 13.5 lb Rainbow.

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And here’s the fly that got the fish for him.

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​Thanks to Melvyn for organising yet another good day out with good company.
Next time out is to Toft Newton on Aug 8th.
James O’Brien

Leeds FDG Programme October 2015/2016

2015 / 2016 Programme

We commence on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at West Park Rugby Club with our registration night where Jerry Lee will tie some flies. Go to 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 four relatively local speakers this year out of the normal six, in response to feedback from members to have the following topics covered:-

  • Tenkara flies and Fishing – Phil Sheridan,
  • New material innovations and dying of materials on a small scale at home – Andy Kitchener
  • Local Salt water Fly Fishing and suitable flies – Clark Coleman
  • North Country Flies – Robert Smith

We have Rob Denson kicking us of on Wed. 14th October with reservoir and river trout flies. The last guest speaker is a double act from Nottingham with Bob Lomax and Wendy Gibson demonstrating innovative techniques.

This year the  Beginners 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.

We have scheduled “Buddy” nights in the programme and on each of these nights specific flies will be tied by an instructor as well as individuals having the opportunity before hand to nominate an individual fly or technique that they want help with, demonstrating or coaching on.

The Roy Jones trophy match will be at Stocks Reservoir next year on 7th May 2016.

We are going to have 3 classes of fly tying competitions  next year – the Apprentice Cup for “Beginners”, a new trophy for “Improvers “ and the Herbert Harris Cup for the new 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 2016. 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.

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