Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fly Fest 2015 – Penrith

Dear All,

While we were tying at the CLA Game Fair @ Harewood House this year we were approached by Davy Newall to do a similar thing at Fly Fest this year. David Hild and Jim O’Brien will be on the FDG stand helping. The Fly Fest will be held on the 3rd & 4th of October at the Rheged Discovery Centre on the A66 just off the M6 at Jnc. 40 (Penrith).

Regards, Dudley.

Fly Fest

Rheged Centre

“I need volunteers to man our FDG stand on both days ie Saturday & Sunday 3rd & 4th October. I’m quite looking forward to it. I’m currently planning an extremely flexible stand aimed at getting people to tie their first fly. So any volunteers will require to bring spare vices, tools, hooks & materials. I’m looking at either “one on one” or if we’re over subscribed “one on 2 to 4. I realise that this is extremely short notice but I’ve only received confirmation that it was happening last Thursday when I was in the middle of Grafham practicing for the John Watt & this was after 3 e-mails & a few phone calls.

I’m not trying for the same set up as we had at the CLA but if some one would like to set up a Bugs corner please feel free to do so. There will be some excellent Tyers at the Fly Fest & as far as I’m concerned they can deal with the more intricate nuances of fly tying where as we’ll aim at tying some lures & some simple flies that demonstrate basic techniques that will result in a punter leaving having joined up full of the will to win with their first fly in their pocket.

The Fly Fest is now in it’s 2nd year & is being set up to rival the BFFI. Any volunteers have free access to the show & hopefully will enjoy their time there.

Tight lines,

Dennis MacDonald (Chairman Pendle Branch FDG)”

Email Dennis on: or speak to Dudley.

Stocks Reservoir – 5th September 2015

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Our day out to Stocks was again a good day for the lads & lasses of the branch. Not many fish caught, but one boat outshone the rest by bringing four to the net and releasing two more at distance. A day of difficult fishing, blustery winds and accusations of cheating by the top boat!
The eight of us started a bit later than usual with me and Dave leaving the boat dock at about 10:15. I was up the sharp end today and Dave took us down to Gull Island where my trio of wets soon produced the first fish. It took a keen liking to the drogue and promptly did three laps around the ropes making me lose two flies, but I got the fish, number one. A long spell then came number two to a Sweet Suzie. This was just before 12:30 when we said we would return to the dock for lunch. But we decided as we had found the fish at last we would have ours on board. This is where the green monster of jealousy appeared and the subsequent committee meeting held without a defence, deemed the fish caught during the lunch break were not eligible for recording!
At this point I had two, and David had two to the net. I went on to lose 2 due to poor knots giving under the tremendous strain of a gargantuan rainbow of at least 2 lb. (60 years fishing and I still can’t tie a knot, maybe a lesson for buddy night?). Dave went on to miss a few more takes to his floating flies and 17:00 was upon us.

There must have been an airshow nearby as a DC3 Dakota and B17 Flying Fortress flew over.

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My favourite 5 weight Marksman Drifter rod didn’t even get a tug. I tried all the flies in my competition box to no effect on the other 7 weight I had also set up in desperation to catch! Floating and sinking lines didn’t find me a fish either. I think we only saw one fish caught on another boat all day. I don’t know why it was fishing so poorly when conditions looked pretty good? – Chris.



It was quite calm in the bays by late afternoon but there was hardly a fish to be seen all day, even with a good ripple and overcast sky.

2015-09-05 16.13.02 P1050438When we returned to the dock we were met by some sad tired faces, only Judith had succeeded to catch.
That soon changed when the banter started and a good laugh was had by all, and we continued to laugh all the way to the local pub.
Yet another good day out for the branch members who’s ugly mugs are below. LOL


By Jimbo & Chris C.