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
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 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.
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
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.
Take a look at the fly tying materials on offer from Cookshill here
Read more about the British Fly Fair International here
6th November, 2014 – Malcolm Greenhalgh
Malcolm 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
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