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Guest Speaker: Frank Moors – Salmon flies

19th February 2015 – Frank Moors

Frank, a long-standing member and Treasurer of the Congleton Fly Tying Club, will be demonstrating a selection of salmon flies and tubes to cover a season.  Frank has fished for salmon in the UK and in Russia and also has extensive experience of fly tying. He holds an AAPGAI advanced qualification in fly dressing and has had several articles published in both FlyFishing & FlyTying as well as in Trout and Salmon.

Read more about the patterns tied by Frank here

Guest Speaker: Karl Humphries – Spiders for trout, sea-trout and grayling

8th January, 2015 – Karl Humphries

Karl visited Congleton Fly tying Club on January 8th, 2015 where he tied a variety of spider patterns and described how he fishes them.

Karl Humphries (600 x 400)

Karl described how the basic spider pattern forms the basis for a number of variants that are distinctive from the classical North Country spider. In particular, it is a versatile pattern that anyone can tie and it is very effective, so much so that Karl has fished variants of this pattern exclusively on the Welsh Dee for the last 2 years. Karl fishes a team of three spiders with a bright coloured spider as an attracter pattern on the point and a more drab coloured spider on the top dropper. Spacing is generally 4’, 4’ 5’ for the leader using 11lb bs fluorocarbon or copolymer. Gink can also be applied to fish the fly higher. Karl favours reds for grayling and blues for sea trout. These are also great daytime spiders for sea trout which have been fished successfully on the Welsh Dee. The soft hackle is from a variety of game birds (woodcock, plover, partridge, grouse, moorhen, coot and woodpigeon) which give greater movement than spikier cock hackles.

Lagartun flatbraid (600 x 400)

One of the flashier spider patterns tied by Karl uses purple Lagartun mini flat braid to form the body. This has probably been the most successful all round pattern that Karl has used, catching salmon, sea trout, brown trout as well as grayling. This fly is used as a ‘search’ pattern on the point.

More details of the patterns and how to tie them can be found here.

Karl is  an AAPGAI qualified fly fishing and fly casting instructor for both single and double handed rod as well as a AAPGAI master fly dresser.

Find more details about Karl here

Technique Workshop 18/12/14 – upright wings, posting and parachute hackles

Fly Tying Technique Workshop

Thursday December 18th at 8pm

Patterns and materials for next workshop – come and join us!

Upright wings, posting and parachute hackles

Frank will demo posting and parachute hackles to help you tie emerger patterns. He will also cover other materials for dry fly wings building on from last month’s workshop.


  • Size 12 hooks
  • Antron wool
  • Dry fly hackles
  • Dry fly dubbing
  • Mallard breast feathers
  • Natural grey squirrel tail
  • Thread, vice, tools etc

Example One – Grey Wulff – example of bundled fibre hair wingGrey wulff (600x400)

Grey Wulff – Step One

Grey – Wulff – Step Two

Example Two – mallard feather bundled fibre wing

Bundled fibre wing


Bundled fibre wing

Example ThreeKlinkhammer

Parachute hackle & post (600x400)

Klinkhammer – Step One

Klinkhammer – Step Two

Guest Speaker: Steve Cooper – confessions of a fly tying materials salesman

Steve Cooper

4th December 2014

Steve Cooper, of Cookshill Fly Tying, has an extensive knowledge of a variety of materials for the fly dresser and specialises in providing a range of mainly natural materials of the highest quality and at a price that is sensible. Steve also organises the highly successful British Fly Fair, held in Stafford in February (7th and 8th, February, 2015).

Steve visited Congleton Fly Tying Club on December 4th, 2014 where he gave an entertaining  talk entitled “confessions of a fly tying materials salesman”.  This covered various aspects of how he acquired his materials and stories of interesting interactions with his customers. This was followed by a demonstration of skinning and preparing skins for sale (eg Grey partridge) using a Jay as demonstration material.

Steve Cooper (400x600)

Take a look at the fly tying materials on offer from Cookshill here

Read more about the British Fly Fair International here

Technique Workshop 20/11/14 – feather slip wings

Fly Tying Technique Workshop

Thursday November 20th at 8pm

Patterns and materials for next workshop – come and join us!

Technical workshop – Feather Slip Wings

Frank will demo a basic wet fly, a dry fly and a method of no hackle wings


  • Mallard or teal primary feathers
  • Light weight hooks
  • Vice and tools

Wing style for a no hackle dun

Winged dry fly 2 (600x400)


Dry fly wings as first tied in prior to lifting and separating

Winged dry fly (600x400)


Standard wet fly wing

Winged wet fly (600x400)

Guest speaker: Malcolm Greenhalgh – Grayling flies (old and new)

6th November, 2014 – Malcolm Greenhalgh

Malcolm GreenhalghMalcolm Greenhalgh is both a naturalist and a fly fisherman. After reading biological sciences and researching estuary ecology for his PhD he lectured for sixteen years before becoming a freelance writer on his fortieth birthday (in 1986).

Although Malcolm has fished in many far-flung corners of the world, he still enjoys pottering about in his own rivers and lakes in north-west England (and his fortnight at mayfly-time on Ireland’s Lough Erne), and he is proud to be the Vice President of the best fly-fishing club in the region, Bowland Game Fishing Association. He has written over twenty books and has contributed to a wide range of magazines and writes a regular blog for FlyFishing and FlyTying.

During his visit to the Congleton Fly Tying Club Malcolm will be tying a selection of grayling flies – both old and new.

Read more from Malcolm’s blog here

Read more about the patterns tied by Malcolm when he visited CFTC here

Fly Tying Workshop 16/10/14 – hopper, spinning deer hair

Patterns and materials for the next fly tying workshop



  • Hook  Wet fly size 10
  • Thread  Black
  • Body  Claret or ginger dubbing
  • Legs  Pheasant tail fibres knotted
  • Hackle  Claret or ginger

Step One

Step Two

Spinning, stacking and shaping deer hair

Members to bring a piece of deer pelt and hook along

Guest Speaker: Paul Procter – River Dry Flies

2nd October, 2014

Paul Procter – River Dry Flies

Best known for his prolific writing in the UK’s leading publications, Trout & Salmon and Trout Fisherman, Paul is a qualified AAPGAI instructor at Masters level and is regarded by many to be in the forefront of UK fly fishers.

Based in Cumbria, with some 30 years fly fishing experience, Paul provides first class guiding, fly casting & fly fishing tuition to all levels and abilities. Whilst offering a comprehensive knowledge of his home waters, he is equally experienced on rivers, stillwaters and saltwater throughout the UK and abroad.

Paul specialises in demonstrating tying river dry fly patterns

Read more about Paul here

Read more about the patterns tied by Paul when he visited CFTC here